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Encyclopedia > Kenan Stadium
Kenan Memorial Stadium
Kenan Stadium, UNC Chapel Hill

Location Stadium Dr
Chapel Hill, NC 27599
Opened November 12, 1927
Owner Univ. of North Carolina
Operator Univ. of North Carolina
Construction cost $30.00 USD
Architect Corley Redfoot Zack, Inc. (all additions and renovations since 1988)
Tenants
North Carolina Tar Heels
Capacity
60,000 (actual "sellout" attendance may vary)
Kenan Stadium

Kenan Memorial Stadium is located in Chapel Hill, North Carolina and is the home field of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Tar Heels. It is primarily used for football and women's field hockey. Kenan Memorial Stadium opened in 1927 and holds 60,000 people. It is located in a cluster of pine trees near the center of campus. Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (1760x1168, 665 KB)Kenan Stadium, UNC-Chapel Hill Permission is granted to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (1760x1168, 665 KB)Kenan Stadium, UNC-Chapel Hill Permission is granted to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1. ... The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, located in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, is the eleventh-oldest institution of higher education and the oldest public university in the United States. ... The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, located in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, is the eleventh-oldest institution of higher education and the oldest public university in the United States. ... ISO 4217 Code USD User(s) the United States, the British Indian Ocean Territory,[1] the British Virgin Islands, Cambodia, East Timor, Ecuador, El Salvador, the Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Palau, Panama, Turks and Caicos Islands, and the insular areas of the United States Inflation 2. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 800 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (2272 × 1704 pixel, file size: 894 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) I, the creator of this work, hereby release it into the public domain. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 800 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (2272 × 1704 pixel, file size: 894 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) I, the creator of this work, hereby release it into the public domain. ... Nickname: Location in North Carolina Coordinates: , Country United States State North Carolina Counties Orange, Durham, and Chatham Founded 1793 Government  - Mayor Kevin C. Foy Area  - City  19. ... The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is a public, coeducational, research university located in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, United States. ... Look up Football in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Year 1927 (MCMXXVII) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...


History

By 1925 it was obvious that 2,400-seat Emerson Stadium (on the current site of Davis Library) was not adequate for the increasing crowds. Expansion was quickly ruled out since the baseball team also used it, and any new football seats would have been terrible for baseball. Year 1925 (MCMXXV) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Funding for the stadium was originally supposed to come from alumni donations. However, Miami industrialist William R. Kenan, Jr., an 1894 UNC graduate and grandson of one of UNC's original trustees, got word of the initial plans and donated a large gift to build the stadium and an adjoining fieldhouse. The stadium was built as a memorial to his parents, William R. Kenan and Mary Hargrave Kenan. This article is about the city in Florida. ...


Ground was broken in November 1926 and was completed by August 1927. The stadium officially opened on November 12, 1927; the Tar Heels defeated Davidson College 27-0, with the first touchdown in the new stadium by Edison Foard. Year 1926 (MCMXXVI) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... November 12 is the 316th day of the year (317th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Davidson College is a private liberal arts college for 1,700 students in Davidson, North Carolina. ...


The original stadium - the lower level of the current stadium's sideline seats - seated 24,000 people. However, temporary bleachers were added to the end zones to accommodate overflow crowds, allowing Kenan to accommodate over 40,000 people at times.


The stadium wasn't expanded until 1963, when Kenan (who died in 1965) donated $1 million to double-deck the sideline seats and add permanent bleachers to the end zones, expanding capacity to 48,000. A seating adjustment in 1979 boosted capacity to 50,000. In 1988, the old press box and chancellor's box were replaced by 2,000 seats between the 40-yard lines, expanding capacity to 52,000. Year 1963 (MCMLXIII) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1965 (MCMLXV) was a common year starting on Friday (the link is to a full 1965 calendar). ... Also: 1979 by Smashing Pumpkins. ... Year 1988 (MCMLXXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Friday (link displays 1988 Gregorian calendar). ...


The stadium's biggest renovation project to date took place from 1995 to 1998. Head coach Mack Brown wanted a better facility to showcase a resurgent football program, which had gone from consecutive 1-10 seasons in 1988 and 1989 to a run of success not approached since the Choo Choo Justice era of the late 1940s. At the time, while it had long been considered one of the most beautiful stadiums in the country, it was one of the few Division I-A stadiums that didn't have permanent seating in at least one end zone. Year 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full 1995 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full 1998 Gregorian calendar). ... Mack Brown (born August 27, 1951), is head coach of the University of Texas Longhorn football team. ... Year 1988 (MCMLXXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Friday (link displays 1988 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 1989 (MCMLXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays 1989 Gregorian calendar). ... Charlie Justice was an American football player who played running back for the Washington Redskins in 1950, and from 1952 to 1954. ... Division I is the highest level of intercollegiate athletics sanctioned by the National Collegiate Athletic Association in the United States. ...


Several generous gifts resulted in the addition of a new playing field and a brand-new facility for the football team, the Frank H. Kenan Football Center, named for the great-grandson of the stadium's original benefactor. The Kenan Center includes a memorabilia section showcasing the football program's history. The most visible addition, however, was 8,000 new seats in the west end zone, which turned the stadium into a horseshoe. Also added was a "preferred seating box" atop the north stands. Due to state law, only 6,000 of the new end zone seats were available in 1997. Capacity dropped to 48,500 in 1996, but leapt to 57,800 in 1997. The other 2,200 seats were added in 1998, bringing the stadium to its current capacity of 60,000. The latest addition to Kenan was a $2 million scoreboard with video capability that debuted for the 2003 season. 1997 (MCMXCVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full 1996 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full 1998 Gregorian calendar). ... 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


The stadium's sight lines have always been very good. The field is approximately four feet below the stands, and the rise to the stands is very steep. The end zone is only 20 feet from the field, and the sideline seats are only 50 feet from the field. Most of the end zone and three sections of the south stands are reserved for students.


While tickets are not nearly as hard to find as those for the basketball team, the Tar Heels sold out every game from 1992 to 1999. The largest crowd to see a game at Kenan--and the largest to see a game on-campus in the state of North Carolina--was a standing-room-only throng of 62,000 that saw the Tar Heels play Florida State in 1997. Year 1992 (MCMXCII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1992 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 1999 (MCMXCIX) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1999 Gregorian calendar). ... Florida State University Seal Florida State University is a public university located in Tallahassee, Florida, known for its programs in fine arts, education, public administration & policy, information studies, international affairs, music, criminology, and nursing. ...


On December 4, 2006, the Chapel Hill Town Council approved changes to UNC's campus development plan, including a project that would add more than 8,800 seats to Kenan Stadium.


New box seats and the final leg of a concourse on the eastern end of the stadium will displace the fieldhouse. The stadium also will gain new restrooms, concession stands and a new pedestrian path to Rams Head.


The stadium will be under construction from November 2008 until September 2010.


External links

  • Kenan Stadium Information (from official UNC athletic site)
  • Satellite photo of Kenan Stadium

Coordinates: 35°54′25.0″N, 79°02′52.3″W Map of Earth showing lines of latitude (horizontally) and longitude (vertically), Eckert VI projection; large version (pdf, 1. ...


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Facilities - University of North Carolina - Official Athletic Site (1925 words)
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.
Kenan, a 1935 Carolina graduate, was the great-great-grandson of General James Kenan, a member of the University’s founding board of trustees.
Kenan was considering establishing a memorial to his parents, and the pressing need for a stadium and the possibilities of the beauty, dignity and permanence it presented, suggested to him that the benefaction he contemplated may well take the form of a memorial stadium.
Kenan Stadium (2727 words)
Kenan Stadium is generally regarded as one of the most beautiful football venues in the nation.
Kenan was built in 1927 as a result of Carolina football's increasing popularity (yes, there actually was a time when Carolina wasn't a basketball school).
Kenan crowds tend to be younger and more boisterous than their Dean Dome counterparts -- something the athletic department kept in mind during the renovation.
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