UNC’s Kenan Stadium will get new seats, with chair backs, for 2018 football season

Carolina Athletics announced Monday that it will remove sections of Kenan Stadium’s bleachers and replace them with seats with chair backs before the 2018 football season.

The university said it was making the change “to create a more comfortable and fan-friendly game day experience at Kenan Stadium,” goheels.com said in a news release on Monday.

The removal of the bleachers will begin in February.

The bleachers in the upper and lower levels, except the student sections, will be replaced with seats with chair backs and arm rests, the news release said.

The university estimated that the change will reduce the seating capacity at Kenan Stadium to about 51,000. The current capacity is 63,000.

The project is expected to cost $6 million to $6.5 million. To pay for the seats and for facility improvements, a $6 fee will be added to each ticket.

Carolina’s first home football game is scheduled for Sept. 15.

The seating renovation schedule will have to accommodate several events in the spring, such as men’s and women’s lacrosse event and graduation in May, university athletic director Bubba Cunningham told The News & Observer in November.

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