Individuals in ROTC and Chancellor Folt met at Kenan Memorial Football Stadium Monday morning to participate in a stair climb to commemorate 9/11. 

16 years later, 2,076 steps for the first responders of 9/11

Dozens of students and community members gathered at Kenan Memorial Stadium early Monday morning to complete the annual 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb. Runners bounded up and down the series of stairwells for a grand total of 2,076 steps: the same number that first responders climbed as they scaled the Twin Towers. 


Kenan Memorial Stadium

The North Carolina football team plays its home games at Kenan Memorial Stadium. It has been the Tar Heel’s home since 1927. The stadium originally seated 24,000, but now houses 63,000. UNC won the first game ever played at Kenan Stadium, defeating Davidson 27-0.

William Rand Kenan Jr. is given credit for making the stadium a possibility. He was an industrialist who gave money to UNC throughout his life. He built the stadium as a memorial to his parents, William R. Kenan and Mary Hargrave Kenan.

In 2011, UNC opened the Loudermilk Center for Excellence and new premium seating, called the Blue Zone. The Loundermilk center is a 29,000 square foot facility that provides classrooms for teaching and tutoring for student athletes. It also houses a strength and conditioning center, reading rooms, a writing lab and office space. The Blue Zone added 2,980 new seats to the stadium and includes a number of suites.

The center was named after Charles “Charlie” Loudermilk Sr., who made a $7.5 million donation for the funding of the new facilities.

The stadium also hosts a number of events, including concerts, graduation and a fourth of July fireworks show.

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	2010 Fourth of July fireworks at Kenan Stadium.

Town ?rework festival returns

Kenan Stadium was empty last year on the Fourth of July, but town officials are preparing to host a revival of the fireworks festivities this year. Though the annual celebration was cancelled last year due to budget constraints, the town’s partnership with 1360 WCHL, a local radio station that owns Chapelboro.com, has allowed for its return. The event will include live music performed by Chapel Hill native and voice of the Carolina Panthers Mick Mixon and the Franklin Street Band.


	The Rams Club, UNC’s athletic booster club, plans for Kenan Stadium’s east end zone to be completed in time for North Carolina’s first home football game in the 2011 season. Officials said the club has exceeded its expectations for donations, which will pay for $35 million out of the $70 million total for the project.

New Kenan construction on target

Kenan Stadium seems to be an imitation of the North Carolina football team this season. Just as the Tar Heels are missing players due to an NCAA investigation, Kenan Stadium is missing the fieldhouse that flanked the east end zone, in the midst of a $70 million rebuilding campaign they titled the “Blue Zone.”


Kenan suites going fast

More than half of the new premium suites at Kenan Stadium have been sold in the last two weeks, promising initial figures that put the stadium on track to begin construction in mid-2010.UNC Director of Athletics Dick Baddour said that public sales, which began Oct. 3, have exceeded expectations.


Kenan introduces Tar Pit

It might not be black, but organizers are hoping you'll notice the Tar Pit at Kenan Stadium when this year's football season officially kicks off.


Silent Field Becomes Memorial

A bright sun shone down, warming the bright metal bleachers directly below.The unscathed, painted field lay calmly and ready for battle below mostly clear skies.Perfect 68 degree weather for pigskin -- on any other Saturday afternoon of the year.