After putting in countless hours of hard work only to see fans hit up the restrooms and concessions at halftime, the Marching Tar Heels have decided to bring out the big guns. The UNC Athletic Bands (and, I suppose, the UNC Athletic Department) have worked to include Roy Williams and his 2017 National Championship squad in addition to at least a dozen other former national champions who played for previous Tar Heel teams in the ensemble’s next halftime production.
While I’m reluctant to reveal the top secret theme of the show, it will certainly be one of the shining moments of Saturday’s game against Louisville. As Argyle Report’s Turner Walston might note, “the [sky] is the [limit]” come halftime Saturday. In other words, make sure you stay in your seats after the second quarter.
Here’s your game day schedule:
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.
9:30am – 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.
10:30am – 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!
11:00am – 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.
11:45am – 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. The 1992 Peach Bowl Team will also take part during its 25 year reunion.
12:00pm – Football!
Go cheer the Heels to victory! Be sure to stay in your seats at halftime as the 2017 NCAA National Championship basketball team receives their rings. Stand and cheer as the band plays them onto the field!
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 Louisville!