UNC block party scheduled on night of nationally televised football game

acarter@newsobserver.comSeptember 9, 2013 

  • More information for Tar Heel Downtown

    • West Franklin St., again, will be closed from Columbia to Mallette streets between 4 and 7 p.m. on Oct. 17.

    • Free game day parking will be available at University Square. Fans are advised to arrive before 3:30 to take advantage of that free parking.

    • Multiple locations downtown will be available for parking. See www.tarheeldowntown.com for details.

    • UNC’s fall break will begin Oct. 16.

— The town of Chapel Hill will host a downtown block party before North Carolina’s nationally televised Thursday night game against Miami on Oct. 17. Town leaders and Bubba Cunningham, the UNC athletics director, announced the plans during a news conference Monday.

The event, dubbed “Tar Heel Downtown” will run 4-7 p.m. The town will close off Franklin Street between Columbia and Mallette streets, and the event will be centered at 140 West Plaza, a newly opened residential and retail development.

Mark Kleinschmidt, the Chapel Hill mayor, said town leaders are expecting a crowd of 10,000 for Tar Heel Downtown. The event, which is geared toward families, will feature live music from the band Liquid Pleasure, and appearances from the UNC cheerleaders and marching band.

There will be bounce houses, face painting and other activities.

UNC hosts a similar event outside of Kenan Stadium, near the bell tower, before every home game. Moving the festivities to Franklin Street, Cunningham said, will help alleviate some of the challenges that come naturally to hosting a Thursday night football game.

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