UNC announced Monday that it will install a brand new synthetic turf playing surface at Kenan Stadium this summer, a process that will begin following spring commencement on May 12 and last approximately eight weeks.
This will represent the first time the Tar Heels’ football stadium has had synthetic turf, and the surface will be similar to the one used inside the team’s new indoor practice facility.
“Installing synthetic grass at Kenan Stadium not only is the best option for our football team and football game days – it also benefits our other varsity programs that may want to use Kenan as a conditioning space,” Director of Athletics Bubba Cunningham said, of the change. “With 28 teams and more than 800 student-athletes, we are always looking for ways to create multi-use spaces, and installing synthetic grass at Kenan does that.”
New head football coach Mack Brown has also been a vocal proponent of the move.
“I think this is a positive addition for not only our football program, but the athletics department as a whole,” Brown said. “This will make the facility more versatile and give us a number of options for workouts and practices.”
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