UNC students will be eligible to apply for tickets to home football games through a lottery system starting in October, UNC athletics announced in an email to students on Wednesday.
The decision to allow students to apply for tickets came eight days after UNC announced it would allow around 3,500 fans to attend home games starting in October. That decision came in the wake of an announcement from Gov. Roy Cooper, who said that as a part of the state’s phase 2.5 reopening plan, venues with a capacity of over 10,000 could open at 7 percent capacity starting Oct. 2.
The first game the lottery will come into effect for UNC is the Oct. 10 matchup against Virginia Tech in Kenan Memorial Stadium. In the Tar Heels’ first and only home game to this point — a Sept. 12 matchup with Syracuse — fans, including students, were not allowed in the stadium except for a limited number of players' parents.
Following UNC’s week one win over Syracuse in front of empty stands, head coach Mack Brown said the absence of fans was noticeable.
“It’s just so weird that there’s absolutely no crowd noise,” Brown said. “Even when you have the music or the noise over the loudspeaker, when you’re looking up, it’s just like a scrimmage. Because you look up and there’s just nothing.”