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.
2016 North Carolina Season Preview
The North Carolina Tar Heels struggled through much of the 2014 season, losing 7 games, and boasting one of the worst defenses in the ACC. But the Tar Heels come into 2015 with a more talented team, and tons of optimism. Senior quarterback Marquise Williams will orchestrate a talented offense that scored more than 30 points in 8 games last season. Key members of the North Carolina Tar Heels 2015 offense will be Quinshad Davis, and T.J. Logan. But it is the defensive side of the ball that should see the biggest improvement for UNC in 2015. The Tar Heels are projected to start 6 seniors, to go along with only 3 underclassmen. Senior free safety Sam Smiley will try and position himself as a top defensive back in the ACC. If Tar Heels can improve on the defensive side of the ball, they have an opportunity to surprise many teams in the ACC Coastal division, and may be able to dethrone Georgia Tech for the division crown. Top games on the 2015 North Carolina Tar Heels Schedule are at Georgia Tech, and at home against Virginia, and Duke.
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.
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 College Football Playoff, Bowl Games and ACC Championship
The North Carolina Tar Heels have had an increasingly competitive football team over the course of their history. The Tar Heels have won double digit conference championships, and have played in over 30 bowl games. The Tar Heels have turned into perennial contenders in the ACC and are looking for their first ever berth in the College Football Playoff.
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.