Francis Henry III
Chapel Hill, NC 27599
On April 24, 1999, the UNC field hockey and women's lacrosse programs dedicated their new home, Francis E. Henry Stadium. The 12,000-square-foot facility, located on Ridge Road, is one of the finest facilities of its kind in the nation.
The building houses spacious locker rooms for each sport's players and coaches. In the locker rooms, each player has her own full-length locker, with ample storage space and a plaque bearing her name and number. In the center of the building is a film and meeting room with computers, a big-screen TV and a kitchen area. The team room was updated during the summer of 2009 and is now a "smart classroom," where UNC teams use the latest technology for game and practice preparation, meshing various video and media formats in a wireless environment.
The coaches' locker rooms provide another place for reviewing film The building's entranceway houses a sizeable trophy case, which accommodates the Tar Heels' field hockey and lacrosse awards. The stands seat 1,086 fans and also house a concessions stand and restrooms. On the ground level are a sports medicine treatment room and equipment storage areas.
Henry Stadium became even more player-friendly in 2008 with the installation of a new AstroTurf surface. As part of the renovation, the crown was removed from the playing field and a top-notch watering system that recycles the field water was added. Francis E. Henry is a UNC graduate who lettered in soccer for the Tar Heels from 1964-66 and now resides in Wilmington, N.C. The facility is named for him and his father, Francis Henry III.
Henry Stadium, first-class in every way, could not have been built without contributions from hundreds of Tar Heel supporters. Their generosity is celebrated throughout the stadium, from the engraved bricks out front to plaques on the Carolina blue seats in the stands. Inside are signs recognizing more donors whose gifts made the facility a reality.
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 1/2 mile until Henry Stadium on left.
From WEST of Chapel Hill:
Take I-85 North toward 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 1/2 mile until Henry Stadium on left.
From EAST of Chapel Hill:
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 Ride Road approximately 1/2 mile until Henry Stadium on right.
From SOUTH of Chapel Hill:
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 1/2 mile until Henry Stadium on left.
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FRANCIS E. HENRY STADIUM POLICIES
Per UNC policy, smoking is not permitted within 100 feet of any campus building, including Francis E Henry Stadium.
Public Address announcements will be used only in the event of emergencies. Contact an event operations staff member with your needs.
Alcohol and Weapons:
Bringing intoxicating beverages and/or weapons into Francis E Henry Stadium at any time is prohibited. Alcoholic beverages are prohibited at Francis E Henry Stadium.
There is no ATM located at Francis E Henry Stadium. The nearest ATM is located on the Courtyard of the Rams Head Parking Deck.
Homemade banners and signs are not allowed inside Francis E Henry Stadium without prior Athletic Departmental approval.
The University of North Carolina wants its fans to be known for their support, enthusiasm and sportsmanship. We want to create a home-field advantage, but we want to do so in a respectful manner that makes us all proud to be Tar Heels. Event staff reserves the right to deem an act or behavior to be inappropriate based on available information and to take whatever action necessary to maintain the integrity of the contest.
Seating for patrons with disabilities is available on game day by asking for the game operations supervisor.
A Basic first aid kit is located in the press box. South Orange Rescue Squad Emergency Medical units are on duty for select events.
Guests are not allowed to bring in outside food or beverages, with the exception of unopened water, into Francis E Henry Stadium. You will be asked to finish the item(s) before entering, throw them out, or return them to your car. A concession stand is located on the 2nd Level concourse and offers a wide variety of snacks, hot foods, and beverages. Alcohol is neither sold nor permitted at Francis E Henry Stadium. Medical exceptions may be made at the discretion of Event Management Staff.
Lost and Found:
Lost and found is located at the Press Box during the event, please contact an event operations staff member in the case that an item is lost.
A Men’s and a Women’s Restroom are located on the 2nd Floor concourse of Francis E Henry Stadium.
Small purses, fanny packs, diaper bags, camera/binocular cases, and small bags are subject to be inspected prior to entry.