Could you marry a Duke fan? No really – could you?
For me, the answer is definite: absolutely not. My parents raised me on a few core values: love
your neighbor, do your best and, most importantly, avoid the school just eight miles up 15-501
like the plague.
UNC vs. Duke is a number of things: good vs. evil, hero vs. villain, Heaven vs. Hell. It’s the
difference between rooting for the Michael Jordan-led Tune Squad or The Monstars while
watching the 1996 hit film Space Jam.
Moreover, whenever the Blue Devils come into Chapel Hill, it’s just easier to get into the Tar
Heel spirit. Saturday’s game couldn’t be more important to Carolina’s season. Duke will enter
Saturday’s game undefeated while UNC will look for a turning-point win, so let’s provide our Tar
Heels with a great atmosphere in Kenan Stadium.
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 UNC
Cheerleaders and the UNC Dance Team welcome the football players onto the field before they
take on the rival Duke.
3:30pm – Football!
Go cheer the Heels to victory! Stay in your seats at halftime as the high schoolers from across
the state and country will join the Marching Tar Heels during its halftime 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 Duke!