Town and University officials said they are planing for Homecoming weekend like a typical home football game.
Randy Young, spokesman for the UNC Department of Public Safety, said there are no operational or logistical differences for Homecoming than a normal home game.
“Kenan Stadium becomes a small city, a thriving city, for three and a half hours on a Saturday afternoon,” he said.
“The (Homecoming) crowds may be slightly bigger, but you know, Kenan (Stadium) holds 65,000 whether it’s Homecoming or not, and that’s really what reflects how we react,” he said.
Young said other effects of game day include personal events during the weekend, such as parties and concerts, but the numbers should be the same as a typical home game.
Young said there is no change with parking and encouraged people to use the park and ride service.
Joshua Mecimore, public information sergeant for the Chapel Hill Police Department, said his department isn’t involved in planning for the Homecoming game — DPS plans the logistics of the game.
Many Chapel Hill police officers are hired on as extra security by DPS while off duty, he said, but for all home football games, not just Homecoming.
Mecimore said he doesn’t anticipate an increase in parties during the weekend. The Alcohol Law Enforcement Response Team, or ALERT, will operate as normal.