Carolina Hosts Miami On Zero Dark Thursday
Carolina will play host to nationally-ranked and unbeaten Miami on Thursday, Oct. 17 at 7:45 p.m. It is just the second ESPN Thursday night home game in UNC history and the first since 2009 vs. Florida State.
This is the second Thursday night game of the season for the Tar Heels who opened the year with a 27-10 loss at South Carolina on Thursday, Aug. 29. This marks the first time Carolina has played two ESPN Thursday night games in the same season.
The Tar Heels enter the game 1-4 overall and 0-2 in the ACC following a 27-17 loss at Virginia Tech on Oct. 5. Carolina's lone win came at home against Middle Tennessee State on Sept. 7. Miami is 5-0 overall and 1-0 in league play following a 45-30 victory at Georgia Tech on Oct. 5. The Hurricanes are ranked No. 13 in the Associated Press Top 25 Poll and No. 14 in the USA Today Coaches Top 25 Poll.
Carolina To Wear All-Black Uniforms
Carolina will wear all-black uniforms against Miami in a game billed as "Zero Dark Thursday."
The all-black uniform is the first installment of the "Tar Pit Series," which will feature an alternate uniform or helmet for one game each year. This year's alternate uniform color has been taken from the black tar in the Tar Heel logo.
"We wanted to design a uniform that connected our team to The Tar Pit, our name for the student section," said head coach Larry Fedora. "Make no mistake, Carolina Blue and white will always be our traditional colors. It made sense to have a black-out game this year after the success of last season's white-out game vs. Virginia Tech (a 48-34 UNC victory).
"We showed the uniforms to our kids before the Spring Game and they are fired up to wear them on Thursday night on a national stage on ESPN."
Tar Heel Downtown Set For Thursday, Oct. 17
Downtown Chapel Hill will be buzzing with activity before Thursday night's kickoff vs. Miami. "Tar Heel Downtown," a family-friendly event, will take place from 4 to 7 p.m. on Franklin Street.
Before most football games, Tar Heel Town takes place on the campus next to Kenan Football Stadium. But with such a unique opportunity to highlight our University and downtown to the world, the Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership, UNC Athletics and the Town of Chapel Hill have partnered to host the event on West Franklin Street from Columbia to Mallette streets, centered at the 140 West Plaza.
At the downtown event, there will be live broadcasting of the Countdown to Kickoff Radio Show on Franklin Street. A stage will feature performances from the band Liquid Pleasure, Carolina Cheerleaders, and the Marching Tar Heels - with a special appearance by Rameses. Family-friendly activities will include bounce houses and face painting. Carolina giveaways will be provided from the Rams Club and Carolina Athletics.
An economic impact study from 2008 estimated the total economic impact of a home football game day on the Chapel Hill and Orange County economy at about $6.3 million. (Study at downtownchapelhill.com/studies)
Zero Dark Thursday - October 17th
4:00 PM - Tar Heel Downtown Open - 100 Block of West Franklin Street
5:00 PM - Liquid Pleasure Concert Begins from Tar Heel Downtown
5:15 PM - Marching Tar Heels and Cheerleaders Perform at Tar Heel Downtown
7:15 PM - Live National Anthem Performance in Kenan Stadium by Jason Michael Carroll
7:45 PM - Kickoff, Carolina vs. Miami
Free Parking Downtown (first come, first serve, must be in by 3:45 pm, can't leave until after kickoff) at Granville Towers
Additional Paid Parking Downtown - www.tarheeldowntown.com
Tar Heel Express Transit Options to Tar Heel Downtown and Zero Dark Thursday in Kenan Stadium