The North Carolina football team plays its home games at Kenan Memorial Stadium. It has been the Tar Heel’s home since 1927. The stadium originally seated 24,000, but now houses 63,000. UNC won the first game ever played at Kenan Stadium, defeating Davidson 27-0.
William Rand Kenan Jr. is given credit for making the stadium a possibility. He was an industrialist who gave money to UNC throughout his life. He built the stadium as a memorial to his parents, William R. Kenan and Mary Hargrave Kenan.
In 2011, UNC opened the Loudermilk Center for Excellence and new premium seating, called the Blue Zone. The Loundermilk center is a 29,000 square foot facility that provides classrooms for teaching and tutoring for student athletes. It also houses a strength and conditioning center, reading rooms, a writing lab and office space. The Blue Zone added 2,980 new seats to the stadium and includes a number of suites.
The center was named after Charles “Charlie” Loudermilk Sr., who made a $7.5 million donation for the funding of the new facilities.
The stadium also hosts a number of events, including concerts, graduation and a fourth of July fireworks show.