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"Tar Heel Town" Opens for Home Games

Posted September 6, 1997 12:00 a.m. EDT

— A new town is opening for UNC-CH home football games -- "Tar Heel Town." It's an alternative to tailgating, that fall ritual where fans -- very often adults -- drive to a school's games early to get good parking, and then set up food and drink for themselves prior to the kick-off.

At "Tar Heel Town," visitors will find student store merchandise, vendors and live entertainment.

Smith Center Director Ned Collett was quoted inThe News & observeras saying, "We want this to be the place for students before they head to the stadium." Members of the "Don't Get Wasted" campaign will be working the crowds to discourage alcohol use.

The theme and shows at the event will change from game to game. Today's pregame festivities will include Durham's Bouncing Bulldogs Rope Skipping Team.

"Tar Heel Town" will get under way at 10; today's game against Indiana was scheduled to start at noon.