A limited number of spectators will be allowed to attend football games in Kenan Memorial Stadium beginning in October, the athletic department announced Tuesday.
The decision from UNC comes in the wake of a Tuesday announcement from North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper, who said venues with seatings capacities of over 10,000 people would be able to reopen at 7 percent capacity, starting Oct. 2.
“We share this news today so those outdoor venues with seating capacity of more than 10,000 can begin preparations that are key to safely re-opening their doors to have a limited amount of socially distanced fans,” Cooper said in a press conference.
Now, just under 3,600 fans will be allowed to watch the Tar Heels take on Virginia Tech on Oct. 10 — nearly a year since their last full-capacity home game.
“We are thrilled that we will be able to start welcoming spectators back to Kenan Stadium in October, and we are hopeful that the number of people allowed in our stadiums will safely increase as Fall progresses,” UNC Athletic Director Bubba Cunningham said in a statement.