It’s a familiar sight in most college towns during football season — and Chapel Hill is no exception.
Lindsey Sanders, a UNC alumna, said she tailgates with family and friends near the Friday Center where their ever-expanding tailgating group includes about three generations of Tar Heels who grill and watch television on a big-screen.
“It’s fun because I get to hang out with people I don’t necessarily sit with at the game,” Sanders said.
In its eight page policy on campus tailgates, the University asks fans to avoid consuming alcohol and limits tents to being ten feet by ten feet.
Local bars and restaurants benefit from the University’s low-key approach to tailgates.
Top of the Hill Restaurant & Brewery draws families, students, alumni and even opposing team fans on game days, said manager Jeff Wardwell.
TOPO employees support the University on game days by wearing Carolina Blue and putting up flags around the restaurant.
For earlier games the restaurant opens its doors as early as 10 a.m. Wardwell said UNC fans flow in and out of the restaurant.