It’s hard to believe football season is here! Even though it will look completely different than previous seasons, we all want to cheer our team to victory.

Kickoff at Kenan Stadium is Saturday, September 12 at noon, but no tailgating is allowed on campus and no fans will be allowed to watch our Tar Heels battle the Syracuse Orange. That means we have to skip watching Football in a Forest and observe our game day traditions a little differently.  Be sure to check out Carolina Athletics’ Carolina Gameday Home Edition and here are some tips for supporting the squad safely:

Watch or listen to the game.

We all wish we could be in Kenan to watch the start of Coach Brown’s 2nd/12th season at Carolina, but we can be their in spirit by tuning in to our community radio station, 97.9 The Hill, or the ACC Network. If you don’t have the ACC Network and feel comfortable watching the game with a mask at a restaurant, check out the game plan at The Top of the Hill or tailgate off campus with members of your household or safely outside with Carolina Athletics’ partner Tailgate Guys or with tailgating packages from Hickory Tavern. Up your “homegating” game with an assist from Johnny T-Shirt’s collection and let everyone know that “Mack is Back” with accessories from SallyMack.



Pick your teammates.

As fans, our opponent is COVID-19 and we don’t need a full offensive or defensive line to emerge victorious. We know that you have a deep bench of friends, but we’re asking you to limit your squad to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Hang out with a limited group of people. If you’re cheering in Orange County, remember that our rules differ from the Governor’s order: gatherings are limited to 10 people indoors and 25 people orders. Read more about personal and social activities from the CDC and visiting with friends and family at UNC Health Talk.

Show your school colors.

Our team and our small businesses need your support. That’s why it’s so important to buy new Carolina gear locally. Many stores have online ordering or curbside pickup. Check out Johnny T-Shirt, Chapel Hill Sportswear, Shrunken Head, Alumni Hall and the other shops that are open in downtown Chapel Hill. It’s also critical that you wear protective equipment (like the team) and ensure you have a face covering. Continue to show your school spirit every day with a Tar Heel-themed mask from Johnny T-Shirt, Shrunken Head, or the Carolina Athletics store.



Cheer quietly, sing to yourself and wash your hands.

You’re going to see some incredible plays. But we’re going to urge you to cheer on our Heels carefully. We know that the coronavirus (and a lot of other germs) spread when we shout or sing. Even if you’re wearing a mask, skip the loud celebrations as much as possible. And resist the temptation to high-five and chest bump, too, as another defensive strategy to fight the spread. One way to keep your hands busy is to cheer with a pom-pom. Stock up on hand sanitizer and support local businesses at the same time by sourcing from check out TOPO Distillery, Be Pure Beauty in Carrboro, and Bath and Body Works at University Place).


Stay hydrated.

Remember to drink lots of water to stay healthy. If you’re 21 or older and are enjoying adult beverages, alternate water and your drink. If you want to stock up for your at-home, safe, masked game watch party, order your beverage for curbside pickup or delivery:

Beer Study


Carolina Brewery

Craftboro Brewing Depot

DB Sutton & Co. Wine Shop

Gizmo Brew Works

TOPO Distillery


Follow these tips to *safely* cheer our team to victory. Go Heels and beat COVID!