Photo courtesy Lauren Harrold
Game day at Carolina is full of long-standing traditions on campus. Be sure to check out all the festivities on opening day. Here’s your guide to the full-experience come Saturday.
9:00am – 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.
10:00am – 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.
10:50am – 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!
11:15am – 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.
12:20 – Football!
Go cheer the Heels to victory! Be sure to stay in your seats at the beginning of halftime and sing along to your favorite school songs as the Marching Tar Heels will spell out a scripted “Carolina.”
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 Cal!