Fetzer Field serves as the long-time home of the Tar Heels’ men’s and women’s soccer and lacrosse programs, as well as the Carolina track and field teams.
Named for former UNC athletic director and track coach Bob Fetzer, Fetzer Field has been the home of Carolina track and field since the facility was constructed in 1935. It has been the home of men’s soccer since 1947 and men’s lacrosse since 1949. The women’s soccer program was started in 1979 and the women’s lacrosse program in 1996. All those sports call Fetzer Field home for their regular-season and post-season tournament games and all four sports are annually ranked among the Top 10 teams in the nation in their respective sports.
A Fetzer Field record crowd of 7,212 – at the time the most to ever see a women’s collegiate soccer game – watched the No. 1 Tar Heels fall to No. 4 Notre Dame 1-0 in the 1995 NCAA semifinals.
Located in the heart of the Carolina campus directly adjacent to Carmichael Auditorium on South Road, also referred to as Raleigh Road, the playing field, track and grandstand was completed in 1935 as a Works Project Administration program during the administration of President Franklin D. Roosevelt. In the heart of the Great Depression, the building of Fetzer Field provided much needed jobs to Tar Heel natives who were suffering through economic depravation.
The facility’s renovations over the years have made it one of the most beautiful all-around collegiate venues in the nation. Fetzer Field sits in a natural valley in the center of campus surrounded by Carmichael Arena, the Michael Hooker intramural fields, the Institute of Government, the Eddie Smith Field House, Henry Stadium, the Navy Field football and lacrosse practice fields, Teague and Carmichael dormitories and Kessing Outdoor Pool.
Beginning in 1988 and continuing over a period of two years, the playing field itself was reworked and leveled, the grandstand was refitted with new aluminum bleachers, a new track was installed, lights were added, two ticket booths were added to the front gate, a permanent concession stand was erected and a computer scoreboard/message center was installed. In 2011, a locker room facility was added under the field’s stands.
The facility has been home not only to women’s and men’s soccer NCAA and ACC Championship events, but also numerous ACC Outdoor Track and Field Championships, the North Carolina High School Athletic Association Track and Field Championships, the National Junior Olympics, men’s and women’s lacrosse and soccer ACC Tournaments and first round, second round, third round, quarterfinal and semifinal action in NCAA tournament play. In the summer of 1996, the facility was the home training site for the U.S. Track and Field Team as it prepared for the Summer Olympic Games in Atlanta.
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 until first road on left. Turn left onto Stadium Drive and continue until Stadium ends on South Road. Turn right on South Road. Go through traffic light; Fetzer Field is on left behind Carmichael Auditorium.
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 until first road on left. Turn left onto Stadium Drive and continue until Stadium ends on South Road. Turn right on South Road. Go through traffic light; Fetzer Field is on left behind Carmichael Auditorium.
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 into campus. Fetzer Field is 1/3 mile on left behind Carmichael Auditorium before 3-way stoplight.
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 until first road on left. Turn left onto Stadium Drive and continue until Stadium ends on South Road. Turn right on South Road. Go through traffic light; Fetzer Field is on left behind Carmichael Auditorium.
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FETZER FIELD/BELK TRACK POLICIES
Per UNC policy, smoking is not permitted within 100 feet of any campus building, including Fetzer Field.
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 Fetzer Field at any time is prohibited. Alcoholic beverages are prohibited at Fetzer Field.
There is no ATM located at Fetzer Field. The nearest ATM is located on Raleigh Street about 1/4 of a mile from the main gates of Fetzer Field.
Homemade banners and signs are not allowed inside Fetzer Field 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.
First aid is located at the Operations Booth on the main concourse. 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 Fetzer Field. 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 concourse and offers a wide variety of snacks, hot foods, and beverages. Alcohol is neither sold nor permitted at Fetzer Field. Medical exceptions may be made.
Lost and Found:
Lost and found is located at the Operations Booth on the main course during the event, please contact an event operations staff member in the case that an item is lost.
Restrooms are located adjacent to Fetzer Field in the Eastern end of the concourse at the corner of the Eddie Smith Field House and includes a family restroom.
The following lots are generally open and free after 5:00 p.m. and on weekends - Raleigh Road Visitors Lot, Cobb Deck, Stadium Drive and the Bell Tower Deck. The Rams Head Deck is also available for pay.
For more information on parking please visit www.dps.unc.edu or call 919-962-3951.