The North Carolina Tar Heels may have a new field to play on every single week this season.
Due to their indoor practice facility being under construction, the Tar Heels plan to practice all season on their home field at Kenan Stadium. That’s where the team will hold its first training camp practice on Wednesday.
With the extra wear and tear on the field surface, North Carolina is taking extra precautions to ensure the field will be ready and safe on game days.
“We’re prepared to re-sod before each home game,” North Carolina associate athletic director for facility planning and management Mike Bunting said according to Scout.com. “We’re prepared to do that as needed.”
The Tar Heels football team typically practices for the last time on Thursday before home games. If the field needs resurfaced, the plan is for Carolina Green Corporation, who North Carolina contracted to re-sod the field, will begin stripping the grass at about 6 pm and work around the clock to finish the field sometime Friday morning.
The North Carolina grounds crew will take over once the sod is laid to paint the field and make sure its completely ready for the game.
“We don’t know exactly what to expect with this, but we anticipate having to replace that field multiple times throughout the year to keep it safe,” Bunting said.
One potential problem that could arise, though, is weather. Should there be extreme weather conditions, the CGC will not be able to lay out new sod. Painting the field will also be difficult in the rain.
It’s definitely an inconvenience, but it will be well worth it once the $2 million renovation project to the football team’s practice fields (the construction also includes a new soccer and lacrosse stadium) is complete.
North Carolina will host seven opponents at Kenan Stadium in the 2017 season. The Tar Heels first home game will be against California in Week 1 on Sept. 2.