This is it.
As a senior who will definitely graduate in May (I promise, Mom), Saturday's match-up with Western Carolina will be the last game I'll attend in Kenan Stadium as a student.
Laugh all you want, but don't act surprised when MJ Stewart and I both cry as we put on our Carolina Blue uniforms for the last time in Chapel Hill. It's a game against an undermatched FCS school in Western Carolina, but I've never dreaded the final buzzer so much.
There are some weird and some not-so-weird game day traditions, and I will miss every dadgum one of them. Anyway, before I start crying, here's your game day schedule:
12:00pm – 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
12:30pm – 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.
1:30pm – 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!
2:00pm – 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.
2:45pm – 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 Western Carolina on senior day. Oh - and UNC will honor all of its seniors: be there to give those players the recognition they deserve.
3:00pm – Football!
Go cheer the Heels to victory! Stay in your seats at halftime as the Marching Tar Heels will present its final show of the season, a full-on tribute to the American circus, featuring a uni-cyclist, trampolines and the most iconic music from the circus.
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 Western!