KENAN STADIUM

 

Carolina football plays its home games at Kenan Memorial Stadium, one of the most picturesque athletic venues in America. Kenan Stadium has been the home of the Tar Heels since 1927 and the thrill of playing in or attending a game there is as exhilarating now as it was when it was first constructed.

   
 

Considering its majestic setting among the Carolina pines, many observers say Kenan Stadium is the most beautiful football facility in the country. For scenery, atmosphere and charm, it cannot be surpassed.

   
 

The stadium has been expanded several times since its completion in 1927. In each instance, though, great care was taken to keep its fundamental beauty intact. The most recent project was completed in 2018, when the majority of the bleacher seats in the stadium were converted to Carolina Blue chairbacks. Designed to increase comfort for fans, the new seats feature armrests and cupholders and provide significantly more room per person. With the installation of the new seats, Kenan Stadium now has a capactiy of 50,500.

   
 

In 2011, Carolina opened the Loudermilk Center for Excellence and a premium seating section named the Blue Zone. Alumnus R. Charles "Charlie" Loudermilk Sr. of Atlanta made a $7.5 million donation to fund the 150,000 square-foot facility that serves all of Carolina's nearly 800 student-athletes across 28 sports.

   
 

The Loudermilk Center's largest feature is the John W. Pope Student-Athlete Academic Support Center. This 29,000 square-foot facility provides classrooms for teaching and tutoring, advanced computer technology, a writing lab, reading rooms and office space. It is also home to the Baddour Carolina Leadership Academy, which offers leadership training to Carolina student-athletes, coaches and staff. A $3 million gift from the Raleigh-based John William Pope Foundation funded the academic support center.

   
 

Also housed in the Loudermilk Center is a strength and conditioning center for Carolina's Olympic sports programs, facilities for men's lacrosse and a visitor's locker room that can be split to host high school football championships. Other features include premium seating for fans watching football games, as well as office and operations space for the department of athletics.

   
 

The Blue Zone offers 1,836 seats in the Concourse Club/Loge just a few feet from the field, 824 seats in the Upper Club/Loge on the fourth floor and 320 seats in 20 suites on the fifth floor. Combined, the project added 2,980 seats to the stadium's capacity. The project also tied the north and south concourses together and provides the stadium with 360 degree concourse to enhance fan movement in the facility.

   
 

Located in the west end zone, the Kenan Football Center was completed in 1997 and houses the operational needs of the Carolina football program.  The football center includes the UNC locker room, weight room, training room, equipment room, players' lounge, computer labs and study areas, 100-plus seat auditorium, coaches' offices, theater and Hall of Honor.

   
 

An additional floor was added to the Kenan Football Center after the 2008 season.  The fifth floor contains additional office and recruiting space for the day-to-day operations of the football program, four pregame gathering areas, a larger video and studio facility and a state-of-the-art press conference area.  The recruiting area and suites also are used as academic study areas during the week. The second floor was completely renovated for increased football meeting spaces, including bigger individual position meeting rooms and a larger team meeting room.  The fourth floor renovations added additional office space for football support staff.

   

 

The Charlie Justice Hall of Honor, located on the ground floor, is a multi-media history of Carolina football. Photographs, awards, trophies and artifacts detailing the rich and storied history of the sport in Chapel Hill are on display. The James A. Heavner Theater was made possible by a special gift by the former executive producer of the Tar Heel Sports Network and president of Vilcom. The theater is a 30-person mini-theater equipped with surround sound and seven dramatic videos presenting the history of UNC football.

   
     


Directions To Kenan Stadium

 

From Virginia & Points North: Take I-85 South to Durham, N.C. Exit left at US-15/501 in Durham and follow 15/501 approximately 9 miles to Chapel Hill. Once in Chapel Hill, maintain 15/501 Bypass (Fordham Blvd.). Around the 7th stoplight, turn right on Manning Drive. Continue on Manning until first stoplight. Turn right at light onto Ridge Road. Continue on Ridge Road approximately 1/4 mile until the first road on the left (immediately after the visitor parking lot). Turn left on Stadium Drive. Kenan Stadium is on the left immediately after the Alumni Center.

   
 

From Points West: Take I-85 North towards Durham, N.C. Exit just past Burlington onto NC-54 East (exit #148, Chapel Hill). Follow NC-54 for approximately 20 miles to Carrboro. Go through two stoplights and stay on NC-54 until the next stoplight. Turn left at light onto Manning Drive. Continue on Manning until first stoplight. Turn right at light onto Ridge Road. Continue on Ridge Road approximately 1/4 mile until the first road on the left (immediately after the visitor parking lot). Turn left on Stadium Drive. Kenan Stadium is on the left immediately after the Alumni Center.

   
 

From Points East: Take I-40 West to Chapel Hill. Exit at NC-54 West (exit #273 A) and follow for approximately 4 miles. After the US-15/501 overpass, continue straight on NC-54 until the next stoplight. Turn left at stoplight onto Country Club Road. Make immediate right onto Ridge Road. Continue on Ridge Road approximately 1/2 mile until first road on the right (immediately after Francis E. Henry stadium). Turn right on Stadium Drive. Kenan Stadium is on the left immediately after the Alumni Center.

   
 

From Points South: Take US-15/50 North to Chapel Hill. Exit right onto 15/501 Bypass in Chapel Hill. Turn left at first stoplight onto Manning Drive. Continue on Manning until first stoplight. Turn right at light onto Ridge Road. Continue on Ridge Road approximately 1/4 mile until the first road on the left (immediately after the visitor parking lot). Turn left on Stadium Drive. Kenan Stadium is on the left immediately after the Alumni Center.