CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - With North Carolina's Blue Dawn winter workouts in the rear view mirror, the Tar Heels are set to start spring football practice on Wednesday, March 5. The Tar Heels will conduct 15 spring practices, including open scrimmages in Charlotte (March 28) and Greensboro (April 4) and the annual Spring Game at Kenan Stadium on April 12.
Carolina closed out the 2013 season with wins in six of its last seven games, including a convincing victory over Cincinnati in the Belk Bowl. The Tar Heels return nine starters on offense, seven on defense and both the place-kicker and punter. Tickets are currently on sale for the 2014 season.
"We're looking forward to returning to the practice field," said third-year head coach Larry Fedora. "The guys have put in a lot of work in the weight room and in conditioning drills with Coach Hernandez and our Blue Dawn program. Now, it's time to get back on the field and build on what we've done during the winter workouts.
"We have a lot of events open to the public throughout the state and I hope our fans can come out and enjoy seeing this group of Tar Heels develop and improve this spring."
Spring Dates of Interest
• Charlotte Scrimmage - Friday, March 28 - Ardrey Kell High School
• Greensboro Scrimmage - Friday, April 4 - Grimsley High School
Carolina will hold open scrimmages on Friday, March 28, at Ardrey Kell High School in Charlotte and on Friday, April 4, at Grimsley High School in Greensboro. Fans are encouraged to attend the scrimmages, which both begin at 7 p.m. Admission is free.
" We are reaching out to our fans and alums in the Charlotte and Greensboro areas and encouraging them to get a first-hand look at our football team," said Fedora. "Charlotte and Greensboro have both always been an important area for Carolina athletics in many aspects."
The Rams Club and UNC Athletics will conduct a football tailgate at 5 p.m. from both Ardrey Kell High School on March 28 and Grimsley High School on April 4. These events are open to all fans and admission is free. Food will be available for sale at the tailgates.
Concessions and Chapel Hill Sportswear merchandise will be on sale throughout the scrimmage. Parking is available at no charge at both high schools.
In the event of inclement weather, the scrimmages may be cancelled or moved to an alternative location.
• Spring Game, April 12, 3 p.m. - Kenan Stadium
Carolina will hold its annual Spring Game on Saturday, April 12, at 3 p.m. Admission is free and the game will be broadcast on ESPN3.com.
Pregame fan activities at the Spring Game begin at 11 a.m. at the Bell Tower Park in front of Kenan Football Center with live music, food vendors, merchandise tents and interactive games. An autograph session with UNC players will also be held from 12:45-1:45 p.m. Additional activities, including the General Alumni Association Bell Tower climb, will be held in the quads surrounding the Bell Tower. A complete schedule of events and details for the Spring Game will be unveiled soon on GoHeels.com.
Kenan Stadium gates will open at 11 a.m. and restrooms in the stadium will be open. Public parking will be available on a first come, first serve basis in the following lots: Bell Tower Deck, Rams Head Deck, Craige Deck, Jackson Deck, Cardinal Deck, Boshamer Lot and Bowles Lot. Disability parking will be available in the Rams Head Deck. All parking will be $5 per vehicle.