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Tar Heel Downtown is Coming in September, Here's What You Need to Know

Info about Tar Heel Downtown - Sept 16
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Tar Heel Downtown Event Info

As a downtown business or resident located near 140 West we want to make sure you are aware of Tar Heel Downtown happening in September.  Now in its 4th year, Tar Heel Downtown is pep rally where students, alumni and residents gather Downtown to celebrate UNC Football.  

This year's event will be held Friday, September 16 - 6:00-9:00pm the night before the home opening football game against James Madison University.  The celebration will center around 140 West Plaza on the corner of Church and West Franklin St.

What to Expect

Street Closures

  • Church Street Closure - between West Franklin & West Rosemary St - noon - midnight
  • Brief Rolling Closure of West Franklin Street - between Columbia & Mallette St - 7:00 - 7:30pm 


Load-in will begin at noon on the 16th.  

Live Music

Music and entertainment will be between 6:00 and 9:00pm


Stage disassembly and production strike will begin at 9:00pm with Church Street reopening by midnight

Downtown Business Ticket Discount

As a thank you for your support UNC Athletics is offering a special discount for the September 17 game.  Find tickets from $10-15 HERE

If you have other questions about Tar Heel Downtown contact:

Bobby Funk -
Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership

Amanda Fletcher -
Chapel Hill Parks and Recreation

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