Being a UNC sports fan is a year-round job. But if you’re just beginning to love the Tar Heels, you might need a cheat sheet.
For some, the life of a fan is a practiced routine:
After stocking up on Carolina blue gear at local stores and chowing down on fried chicken and potato salad at the tailgating table, students, parents and alumni pour into the bleachers of Kenan Stadium to cheer on the Tar Heels.
But freshmen and parents who are new to the sports scene in Chapel Hill might need the guidance from more experienced fans to be able to give their all come kickoff time.
Cheerleaders are one source the crowd can look to for encouragement and tricks of the trade.
Senior cheerleader Mandy Simpson said the team tries to involve fans with simple cheers so new fans should keep a look out for when Simpson and cheerleaders gear up for an interactive cheer.
“The crowd really likes when we yell `Tar’ and `Heels’ back and forth,” Simpson said.
“And we have signs for that, so it works out well.”
There also are certain traditions UNC spectators have come to expect at football games.