What was that you told me? The AP-ranked Fighting Irish are coming into Kenan Stadium this weekend, favored to be our beloved, young and battered Tar Heels by two touchdowns?
Well, frankly, as fellow Marching Tar Heel Michael Koh and I will say on the steps of Wilson Library on Saturday, we don’t give a Dame.
The last time the Irish came into Chapel Hill, the Tar Heels – led by Cam Sexton, Shaun Draughn and Hakeem Nicks – defeated Notre Dame in a 29-24 comeback victory.
The University will publicly announce its major fundraising campaign, Carolina For All Kind, Saturday at halftime, when the Marching Tar Heels with several singing and dance groups perform in front of pyrotechnics and the whole nine yards. The campaign will aim to raise about $4.25 billion over the next five years, UNC announced this week.
Notre Dame is in town. Carolina is announcing its campaign. In other words, expect the Tar Heel spirit to be think in the air. 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 pictures.
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, which will be divvied out by yours truly.
3:15pm – Pregame Performance
Be sure to arrive early enough to get your seats to watch The Marching Tar Heels, the UNC Cheerleaders and the UNC Dance Team welcome the football players onto the field before they take on the twenty-first ranked Irish.
3:30pm – Football!
Go cheer the Heels to victory! Stay in your seats at halftime as the Marching Tar Heels will go to work with several dance and choral groups, helping the University announce its largest fundraising campaign in its history.
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 Notre Dame!