Loudermilk Center
The Loudermilk Center for Excellence opened in 2011 and was made possible by a $7.5 million donation by alumnus Charlie Loudermilk.
Loudermilk Center
The Loudermilk Center for Excellence is a 150,000 square-foot facility that serves all of Carolina's nearly 800 student-athletes.
Loudermilk Center
The Loudermilk Center’s largest feature is the John W. Pope Student-Athlete Academic Support Center.
Loudermilk Center
The Pope Academic Support Center is a 29,000 square–foot facility that provides classrooms for teaching and tutoring, advanced computer technology, a writing lab, reading rooms and office space.
Loudermilk Center
Also housed in the Loudermilk Center is a strength and conditioning center for Carolina’s Olympic sports programs, facilities for men’s lacrosse and a visitor’s locker room that can be split to host high school football championships.
PROFILE
Directions
OPENED
LOCATION
2011
78 Stadium Drive
Chapel Hill, NC 27514
Loudermilk Center for Excellence

In 2011, Carolina opened the Loudermilk Center for Excellence and a premium seating section named the Blue Zone. Alumnus R. Charles “Charlie” Loudermilk Sr. of Atlanta made a $7.5 million donation to fund the 150,000 square-foot facility that serves all of Carolina’s nearly 800 student-athletes across 28 sports.

The Loudermilk Center’s largest feature is the John W. Pope Student-Athlete Academic Support Center. This 29,000 square-foot facility provides classrooms for teaching and tutoring, advanced computer technology, a writing lab, reading rooms and office space. It is also home to the Richard A. Baddour Carolina Leadership Academy, which offers leadership training to Carolina student-athletes, coaches and staff, and to UNC's Student-Athlete Development programs.

A $3 million gift from the Raleigh-based John William Pope Foundation funded the center.

Also housed in the Loudermilk Center is a strength and conditioning center for Carolina’s Olympic sports programs, facilities for men’s lacrosse and a visitor’s locker room that can be split to host high school football championships. Other features include premium seating for fans watching football games, as well as office and operations space for the department of athletics.

The Blue Zone offers 1,836 seats in the Concourse Club/Loge just a few feet from the field, 824 seats in the Upper Club/Loge on the fourth floor and 320 seats in 20 suites on the fifth floor. Combined, the project adds 2,980 seats to the stadium’s capacity. The project also ties the north and south concourses together and provides the stadium with 360 degree concourse to enhance fan movement in the facility.


Charles Loudermilk

The Loudermilk Center for Excellence was made possible in part by a generous contribution from R. Charles Loudermilk Sr., a long-time friend and benefactor of UNC academic and athletic interests. Born in Atlanta, Mr. Loudermilk graduated from Carolina in 1950 with a degree in commerce and was good friends with many Tar Heels who made the Justice Era of the late 1940s such a memorable chapter in Tar Heel football.

In 1955, Mr. Loudermilk launched a furniture rental business in his hometown, naming it Aaron Rents so that it would be listed first in the phone book. The business grew into a multi-billion dollar concern and today is known as Aaron’s, Inc.

Mr. Loudermilk in 2011 remained as chairman of the company. His past support of Carolina includes gifts to expand the Kenan-Flagler Business School’s executive education facilities at the Rizzo Conference Center. He was also the major contributor toward the statue of Charlie Justice that stands outside the Kenan Football Center. Mr. Loudermilk’s many honors include the William R. Davie Award, the highest recognition given by the UNC Board of Trustees. He has also served on the Board of Visitors of UNC’s Kenan-Flagler Business School.

John William Pope Foundation

The Raleigh-based John William Pope Foundation has a long history of providing funds for academic support in the Carolina Athletic Department. The academic support center connected to the original Kenan Field House was erected in the 1980s and later named for John W. Pope, a 1947 UNC graduate who contributed significantly to the Kenan Stadium expansion in the mid-1990s. This new building carries on the tradition through the John W. Pope Student-Athlete Academic Support Center, a 29,000 square foot facility that provides classrooms for teaching and tutoring, advanced computer technology, a writing lab, reading rooms and office space. It is also the home to the Carolina Leadership Academy, which offers leadership training to Carolina student-athletes, coaches and staff. Mr. Pope took five discount variety stores started in Fuquay-Varina by his father, James, and turned them into Variety Wholesalers, a successful network of more than 500 stores that continues to flourish into the 21st century. Mr. Pope passed away in 2006, and today the company is led by James Arthur “Art” Pope of Raleigh, a 1978 Carolina graduate who is also chairman and president of the John William Pope Foundation, which funds numerous charities and free market oriented organizations.

Directions


View Larger Map

From Virginia and Points North:
Take I-85 South to Durham, N.C. Exit left at US-15/501 in Durham and follow 15/501 approximately 9 miles to Chapel Hill. Once in Chapel Hill, maintain 15/501 Bypass (Fordham Blvd.). Around the 7th stoplight, turn right on Manning Drive. Continue on Manning until first stoplight. Turn right at light onto Ridge Road. Continue on Ridge Road approximately 1/4 mile until the first road on the left (immediately after the visitor parking lot). Turn left on Stadium Drive. Kenan Stadium is on the left immediately after the Alumni Center.

From Points West:
Take I-85 North towards Durham, N.C. Exit just past Burlington onto NC-54 East (exit #148, Chapel Hill). Follow NC-54 for approximately 20 miles to Carrboro. Go through two stoplights and stay on NC-54 until the next stoplight. Turn left at light onto Manning Drive. Continue on Manning until first stoplight. Turn right at light onto Ridge Road. Continue on Ridge Road approximately 1/4 mile until the first road on the left (immediately after the visitor parking lot). Turn left on Stadium Drive. Kenan Stadium is on the left immediately after the Alumni Center.

From Points East: Take I-40 West to Chapel Hill. Exit at NC-54 West (exit #273 A) and follow for approximately 4 miles. After the US-15/501 overpass, continue straight on NC-54 until the next stoplight. Turn left at stoplight onto Country Club Road. Make immediate right onto Ridge Road. Continue on Ridge Road approximately 1/2 mile until first road on the right (immediately after Francis E. Henry stadium). Turn right on Stadium Drive. Kenan Stadium is on the left immediately after the Alumni Center.

From Points South:
Take US-15/50 North to Chapel Hill. Exit right onto 15/501 Bypass in Chapel Hill. Turn left at first stoplight onto Manning Drive. Continue on Manning until first stoplight. Turn right at light onto Ridge Road. Continue on Ridge Road approximately 1/4 mile until the first road on the left (immediately after the visitor parking lot). Turn left on Stadium Drive. Kenan Stadium is on the left immediately after the Alumni Center.


UNC North Carolina Facilities


NCEMC Touchstone Ad 2016