Like many other Tar Heel faithful, there’s a small part of my mind that remains hopeful and optimistic, regardless of the score on the board. Our Heels could be down by three touchdowns in the final two minutes, yet my mind finds itself configuring the math needed for Carolina to pull a victory out of its hat, never truly accepting the outcome until the clock hits zero.
Look, basketball season is here and, weirdly, the NCAA finally backed off. On the other hand, UNC Football sits at 1-5. You can bet, however, that I’ll be spending a great deal of time pondering our path to a winning season.
Call it rat poison, but I won’t give up on the season until it’s over.
Here’s your game day schedule:
12:30pm – Tar Heel Town
Make your way to Polk Place, or UNC’s main academic quad, for food, music and games. If you
can find a spot early enough, it’s a pretty great place to set up your tailgate! While you’re taking
in the Carolina atmosphere between Wilson Library and the Old South Building, look for
Rameses, who will be in the nearby Kenan Amphitheatre signing autographs and taking
1:00pm – Victory Walk Pep Rally
After spending the morning in Tar Heel Town, make your way down to Bell Tower Park and the
Kenan Amphitheatre, located just outside of Genome Science Building. The team will walk
through the park on their way into the stadium, greeted by the band, cheerleaders and fans. Be
sure to arrive early to grab a great spot on the path! Afterward, make sure to make your way
back up to Tar Heel Town for more activities, including the live broadcast of the Countdown to
Kickoff radio show.
2:00pm – UNC Drumline Performance in the Pit
Other than the game itself, this, by far, is my favorite part of any game day. Per usual, the UNC
Drumline has outdone itself and their cadences will not disappoint. Dance with the rest of the
band or just sit back and listen!
2:30pm – School songs on the quad
Make your way back over to Polk Place. First, you’ll hear a chorus of trumpets and tubas
performing on the steps of Dey Hall. Just afterward, you’ll hear an onslaught of Carolina-
devoted music and a little bit of friendly trash talk.
3:15pm – Pregame Performance
Be sure to arrive early enough to get your seats to watch The Marching Tar Heels, the UNCCheerleaders and the UNC Dance Team welcome the football players onto the field before they face one of its oldest rivals, Virginia.
3:30pm – Football!
Go cheer the Heels to victory! Stay in your seats at halftime as the Marching Tar Heels will collaborate with several Indian dance groups as they present a Bollywood-themed show. After the game,stay long enough to sing along to “Carolina Victory,” “Hark the Sound” and James Taylor’s“Carolina in My Mind.”
Above all, Go Heels and beat Virginia!