The UNC Tar Heels first began playing football in 1888. The program has made one incredible contribution to the game of football: in 1895, the Tar Heels were the first team to invent the forward pass. When a punt was nearly blocked, the UNC punter threw the ball downfield for a 70 yard touchdown. The Tar Heels have 8 conference titles and 25 bowl game appearances. Some of the great Tar Heels football players who've made an impact in the NFL include Lawrence Taylor, Alge Crumpler, Willie Parker, Greg Ellis, Dre Bly, and Julius Peppers. Score with TicketCity - the place to go for North Carolina Tar Heels football tickets.
2015 North Carolina Season Preview
The Tar Heels rebounded from 2012’s postseason ban by winning 7 games in 2013, including a rout of Cincinnati in the Belk Bowl. North Carolina comes into 2014 with visions of an ACC Championship. Marquise Williams, who started 6 games in 2013, will be the clear starter at quarterback. He will be in charge of Larry Fedora’s dangerous spread attack, and will have help from talented skill position players like Kendrick Singleton and T.J. Logan. North Carolina’s defense will start 8 upperclassmen, making them one of the most experienced groups in the ACC. An early season matchup at East Carolina should be the most interesting game of the Tar Heels non-conference schedule. North Carolina’s ACC schedule starts at Clemson, and includes key games against Virginia Tech on October 4th, and at Duke on November 20th.
Check out our North Carolina Tar Heels Season Preview History page for previews of previous Tar Heels seasons.
North Carolina Tar Heels Football at Kenan Stadium Address: 104 Stadium Dr, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, 27514
The UNC Tar Heels play their home games at Kenan Stadium in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. The stadium was opened in 1926 and now has a capacity of 60,000. Located in a stand of pine trees, Kenan Stadium is one of the most scenic in college football. Attend a Tar Heel game this season and watch the fireworks shoot from Kenan Field House as UNC takes the field and after each score. The North Carolina Tar Heels home bench is on the Kenan Stadium sideline with sections 120-131. Kenan Stadium parking information is covered in our Tar Heels event guide.
North Carolina vs. Virginia
Touted as the “South’s Oldest Rivalry,” this is one of the most storied matchups in the country. Played over 115 times since 1892, North Carolina currently holds a slight edge in the series, with both teams having a winning record at home. Although it is also referred to as the “Gentlemen’s Rivalry,” the competition on the field has been fierce between these two ACC powerhouses, and a must see for fans of both teams.
North Carolina vs. North Carolina State
Initially one of the most lopsided rivalries in college football (in North Carolina’s favor), this game has evolved into a back and forth battle for supremacy on Tobacco Road. Separated by only 25 miles, tension between the two schools is high and fans from both teams travel in numbers to the opposing schools stadium, giving this game a unique and passionate atmosphere.
North Carolina Tar Heels in the BCS National Title, Bowl Games and ACC Championship
The Texas Longhorns rank in the top 3 in NCAA All-Time Bowl appearances with more than 50. Without a doubt one of the most recognized college football programs in the nation, The Longhorns annually demonstrate their dominance in the Big 12 Conference, recording multiple Big 12 Championship appearances since joining the league in 1996. They’ve also etched their name into the BCS Championship trophy with a win over USC in the 2005 title game.
North Carolina Tar Heels Event Guide
When do gates open at Kenan Stadium?
Gates at Kenan Memorial Stadium will open 90 minutes before all football games.
Where should I eat before a UNC football game?
Sutton’s Drug Store is a great place for burgers and it is very Tar Heel centric. Pepper’s is great for pizza while if you want some good diner food, Breadman’s is the way to go.