It’s true that UNC teams have produced their fair share of champions over the years – many people associate the university with sports as much as anything else. There are a ton of opportunities to watch athletics at this Division I school that’s won 49 NCAA championships between its 28 varsity programs. Here’s how you can get that chance:
1 Call the UNC Athletic Ticket Office at 919-962-2296 or visit goheels.com. For most Carolina events, getting a ticket is as easy as showing up when the game is about to begin. Admission for all regular season events is free for the following UNC sports: cross country, fencing, field hockey, golf, gymnastics, women’s lacrosse, rowing, softball, swimming & diving, tennis, track & field, volleyball and wrestling. Boshamer Stadium (baseball) and Carmichael Arena (women’s basketball and volleyball) are both fantastic places to watch a game. The field hockey team now has their own on-campus facility while a new soccer and lacrosse complex is stunning. For football and men’s basketball, tickets go on sale months in advance of the season, with in-conference and rivalry games selling out in a matter of days.
2 Show up early on game day. If you missed the dates for ticket sales and the game you want to attend is sold out, try getting to the venue a few hours early. Occasionally, if you’re lucky, the ticket office will be selling a few remaining seats. If there’s inclement weather during basketball season, season ticket holders who live far away might not be able to make it into town and will turn their tickets in. That’s one of the best times to try to get tickets in addition to the early-in-the-season games when students are on winter break in December and January.
3 Join the Rams Club. This group of UNC boosters gets first priority for season tickets in football and for individual game tickets and mini-season packages in basketball. After a certain gift level, members are guaranteed season tickets. Hey, it’s not cheap, but there’s a certain peace of mind knowing you’ll be there when UNC beats Duke. And did you know there’s a Carolina Kids Club? Kids can get a shirt, lanyard and credentials, special event invitations and more.
GETTING TO GAMES
Chapel Hill Transit provides Tar Heel Express shuttle service from the park and rides located at Friday Center, Southern Village, Airport Drive (103 Airport Drive, Chapel Hill) and Jones Ferry. Shuttles will also be available from Carolina Coffee Shop located at 138 E. Franklin St. (no parking provided).
The shuttles provide continuous and fully accessible service, running every 10 to 15 minutes between the park and rides and the Dean E. Smith Center or Kenan Stadium. The shuttles will operate for approximately 45 minutes following the game. Shuttle rides are $5 for a round-trip or $3 for a one-way trip.
GOOD TO KNOW
The UNC Department of Athletics has implemented a clear bag policy at Kenan Stadium and the Dean E. Smith Center designed to reduce wait times for fans. Fans are encouraged to leave all bags at home, but the following items will be allowed into Kenan Stadium and the Smith Center:
• Any clear plastic or vinyl bag no larger than 12” x 6” x 12”, including gallon freezer bags.
• Small clutch purses no larger than 4.5” x 6.5”.
• Necessary medical items following inspection at entry gates
Catch the coaches at Top of the Hill restaurant at the corner of Franklin Street and Columbia Street. Mack Brown Live! starts Monday, Aug. 26, at 7 p.m. with the weekly show featuring the Hall of Fame head coach of the Tar Heels and hosted by radio play-by-play voice Jones Angell. During basketball season, don’t miss Roy Williams Live! for insight from the men’s basketball coach himself. The first show is Monday, Nov. 4. The one-hour shows stream live on goheels.com.
Read the original article from the 2019 Chapel Hill Visitors & Relocation Guide:
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