CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — North Carolina will not have fans in Kenan Stadium to start the 2020 season, UNC Director of Athletics Bubba Cunningham wrote in a letter to the Tar Heel community.
« We will begin our fall sport seasons without fans at home events, » Cunningham wrote. « This includes Football, Cross Country, Field Hockey, Men’s and Women’s Soccer and Volleyball. This attendance restriction will last through September, and we will continue to work with medical experts and the University to evaluate safety conditions with the hope that we can increase capacity in October. Tailgating also will not be allowed on campus. »
UNC opens the 2020 season with two home games inside Kenan Stadium. On Sept. 12, the Tar Heels will face Syracuse and then host Charlotte the next weekend on Sept. 19.
« We know this is disappointing to you – our fans, donors, and supporters — and our venues will not be the same without you there, » Cunningham wrote. « We will particularly miss the energy, passion and Carolina Blue support of our students, who truly make game day special and unique. This decision, however, was the only way we could move forward with competition. Our student-athletes want to play, and we must do so as safely as possible. We made this decision in consultation with medical experts, our University, and state and local officials. »
On Wednesday, UNC head coach Mack Brown said he was more optimistic than ever that football will be played this fall.
« I do think, from everything I’m hearing I’m feeling, more like we’re going to play right now than ever before, » Brown said. « They’re talking about game times with TV. They’re talking about, like the official said yesterday, they’ve already got the assignments for their first four ball games. Seeing the NC State game being moved is a positive that people are still trying to make this craziness work out so we can play. So I do think, for our players and our coaches, this is really the first time everybody feels like that we’re getting this close to playing and this is really going to happen. So, they’re talking about testing three times a week. The tests are not very much fun, but that’s something that I think will be decided here soon by the medical group from the ACC. And I think, from what I hear, that would be testing on Monday, testing on Wednesday and then an outside group testing you on Friday before the ball game.”
North Carolina held a scrimmage on Tuesday and will scrimmage again this Saturday before beginning preparations to face Syracuse.
UNC season ticket holders have been given the option to donate the money for their tickets to the athletic department, roll the tickets over to the 2021 season, or received a full refund.
The Tar Heels will play 10 ACC games this season along with the home out-of-conference matchup vs. Charlotte on Sept. 19.
Sept. 12: vs. SyracuseSept. 19: vs. CharlotteOct. 3: at Boston CollegeOct. 10: vs. Virginia TechOct. 17: at Florida StateOct. 24: vs. NC StateOct. 31: at VirginiaNov. 7: at DukeNov. 14: Wake ForestNov. 27: vs. Notre DameDec. 5: at Miami
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