The UNC Home Football season begins Saturday, September 7 with the 8 pm kick off of the North Carolina-Miami game in Kenan Stadium. The game is sold out, but there are activities tonight and Saturday leading up to the game:

Tar Heel Downtown (Friday): As a partnership between Carolina Athletics, the Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership, and Chapel Hill Community Arts and Culture, you’re invited to a pop-up pep rally! Join UNC cheerleaders, the Marching Tar Heels, and Rameses for food and fun at Tar Heel Downtown, 6-8 p.m., tonight at Carolina Square on Franklin Street. For more information, visit and for information on parking downtown, visit

Tar Heel Town (Saturday): On game days—even if you can’t make the game—you’re invited to join Carolina Athletics at Tar Heel Town, opening at 5 p.m. on Saturday. Located at Polk Place, Tar Heel Town has something for every Tar Heel fan: music, food, giveaways, and family activities including face painting, inflatable games and more.  Rameses will sign autographs and take photos starting at 5 p.m. and the Marching Tar Heels will be at the Pit at 6:30 p.m., in front of Wilson Library at 7 p.m. and will proceed to the Bell Tower. For information about game day parking, visit  Coach Mack Brown is asking fans to be in their seats by 7:30 pm to welcome the team.

Chapel Hill Transit is again operating the Tar Heel Express will be providing shuttle service to campus before and after the game. Shuttles will begin at 5 p.m. from the Friday Center and Airport Drive (103 Airport Drive, Chapel Hill) park and rides, and 6:30 p.m. from the Southern Village and Jones Ferry Road park and rides. For more information, visit the Town’s website.

This year, Carolina is starting a new tradition and lighting the Bell Tower after every win.

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What’s New in Kenan Stadium in 2019

Clear Bag Policy continues in effect. Drop by the Visitors Center at 501 West Franklin Street for your free bag during business hours.  Weekdays 8:30 am – 5 pm and Saturday 10 am – 3 pm. More details in the Gameday Link.

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