CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – The University of North Carolina is set to install new LED ribbon boards at Kenan Stadium ahead of the home opener against James Madison on Sept. 17.
The upgrade, which will cost approximately $2.9 million, started out as a maintenance project, according to Mike Bunting, UNC's assistant athletic director for facility planning and management.
“The old LED boards were just so old and out of date and we could no longer get parts for them,” Bunting said on Wednesday. “Last year I don’t think we had a single game where they functioned 100 percent perfectly. We were at the point where we couldn’t maintain them anymore, so we needed to replace them and we’ve taken the opportunity to expand our square footage a little bit to improve the fan experience and get some more information up on the boards.”
The existing video ribbon boards are more than eight years old. The new LED boards will offer sharper resolution and allow UNC to add some length around the perimeter of the upper deck seating area on the north and south sides as well as a new addition to the face of the Loudermilk Center in the east end zone.
The project, which is being funded by UNC’s Educational Foundation, was approved at a Board of Governors meeting in October.
UNC intends to have the new LED boards in place and operational by the end of August to allow for a couple of weeks of testing prior to the home opener, according to Bunting.