BL: Making Kenan Stadium Komfier & Kozier and…!

Kenan Stadium
BobLee
November17/ 2017

Making Kenan Komfier and Kozier…

and a Did You Know?

Thursday Bubba The Real AD at UNCCH announced that ABCers won’t have “aluminum” to kick around anymore amid Kenan’s lofty pines.

Beginning as soon as contracts can be signed… UNC will replace the current bleacher seating along both sidelines with individual BLUE seats w/ seat backs.. The immediate effects will be.. SeatsKenan

• Provide more comfortable seating for a maximum of 34,000 fans along the sidelines.
• Reduce the overall capacity of Kenan Stadium from 63,000 to around 53,000.
• Remove the infamous “aluminum-colored” aluminum bleachers visible on-camera when Kenan Stadium is at less than capacity.

The project is budgeted at only $7,000,000 which is chump changes compared to TGU legal fees of $30,000,000 and Larry’s fancy schmanzy IPF at $35,000,000.

The issue of reduced stadium capacity is not expected to be an issue. Official Kenan Stadium Attendance Guessers will continue their time-honored system of counting thumbs instead of noses… and throwing in an extra 5-6,000 just because…

NOTE:  It is similar to the math used for gauging student protests at UNCCH.  (1) Count the actual number of sad snowflakes holding misspelled signs… (2) double that number for the ones who meant to come but forgot… (3) add in the regional media covering the protest which always exceeds the actual number of sad snowflakes with misspelled signs…  (4) add another 32 just because…

This project should be completed in time for the 2018 season.

Reassigning season ticket holders will likely piss-off a number of’em.  That’s nothing new.

I know what you are thinking… Yes, I suggested this along with other really cool ideas several years ago when I saw the trend across America of lots of folks not actually going to games any more.

Specifically, I recommended…
• Install individual blue seats “between the 20s”…
• Paint the remaining bleachers C-blue and…
• Renumber the bleachers beyond the 20s both upper/lower, reducing the numbers of “supposed seats” by 6-8/row thereby expanding the comfort width of each bleacher seat by 3-4” per seat width.. It WOULD make a noticeable difference.
• Block out the corners of the upper decks with large blue canvas squares with the interlocking NC.. These could be removed for high-demand games i.e. “when NC State visits every other year”.
• The bottom 6-8 or so rows along the sidelines are obstructed view seating and should be sold at a greatly reduced price.

NOTE:  At NASCAR tracks those lower level seats next to the track (field) were known as “chicken bone alley”.   Fans in the upper rows would throw their chicken bones down on the fans below them.  There is no historical evidence that has ever happened at Kenan Stadium… or at Carter-Finley for that matter.

I thought there might be an issue regarding the concrete risers between rows. That the depth of the new seats does not create an ingress/egress issue for fans moving in/out of each row. Surely someone has measured all of that.

Blue Zone

There is no plan to force Blue Zoners to leave the creature comforts (A/C and “free” buffet) they pay a premium for. So their actual seats will, alas, remain empty even though they ARE on-site.

Installing cardboard Blue Zoners in those seats might help. It being UNCCH, there would have to be “diverse cardboard Blue Zoners”.

No one can figure how to create cardboard Transgendered Afro/Asian Vegan Blue Zoners. Suggestions are welcomed.

Maybe 2,000 cardboard Silent Sams in those otherwise empty BZ seats? Just a thought.

This is a positive move for UNC officials accepting the reality of trends among ACC member institutions with stadiums NOT named Death Valley… Lane… and Carter-Finley. Those three stadia are NOT having “fill’er up” issues… yet.

Louisville’s Papa John Stadium (the largest college-only stadium in America with ALL individual seats) is doing well “now” but that is “iffy” based on when Bobby Pitrino either leaves in the middle of the night again… or commits another heinous act of abject stoopidity. Either could happen at any time.

Pretty much all other ACC stadiums and 95% of stadiums across college football are having significantly reduced attendance issues due to various socio-techno-cultural trends in America.

Duke, Boston College, Pitt and Wake stadiums are especially “un-filled” with no likelihood of that changing… probably ever.

UNCCH will take some “heat” from hated rivals over this recent announcement because that’s what hated rivals do. Maybe Dave Doeren will exploit it in his recruiting pitch now that “sanctions” is no longer an issue to be exploited. …

Come to NC State and play in front of a larger crowd at our stadium than at UNCCH even though their IPF is newer and fancier than ours is…”

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Hey, Did You Know…
Today – Friday, November 17, 2017

Seventeen (17) National Champion College Sports Teams visited The White House today and met with President Donald Trump… and Secty Education Betsy DeVoss.  In their commemorative pictures… all student-athletes and coaches were smiling. None were “kneeling”.

LINK ~~~

The odds on you reading about this anywhere but right here are pretty much ZERO.

Notable by their absence were Roys Boys and South Carolina’s WBB.

Hey GUESS WHAT ???

ESPN’s College Gameday will be in Madison WI tomorrow (Sat)Notable, of course, as “The Home of Kid & Pastor Danny”. 

When GameDay Comes To Your School. – LINK.

Plans are for Danny to dress up as “Snoopy” and KidEIGHT Months pregnant w/ twinsas The MetLife Blimp.  Say Good Night, Gracie.

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  • ultraviolet Reply
    3 weeks ago

    I have the shortest legs the good Lord gives out that will still reach the ground. Even I have leg room issues in those bleachers. I can’t imagine the chair backs will help except when someone walks by and you stand you can back up a little more. Quite amazing to drop 10,000 seats though. I know they don’t need the money, but thats a drastic move.

    • BobLee Reply
      3 weeks ago

      Reducing capacity by 10,000 also makes for “a tougher ticket” for marquee games. Encouraging season tics or at least advance sales is important.
      .
      But IMO the #1 “why do it” is increased comfort for the 40,000 “loyal on-site fans” UNC does have, which is smart marketing. Hold on to your current customers is a priority before you go after new ones. With nationwide downward trends in on-site attendance there may not be much in the way of “new on-site fans”. When UNC could not sell-out two years ago with that Offensivr “Juggernaut” team says the market simply is not there. Also… these new seats will be C-Blue so no more “aluminum” on-camera. 🙂

  • Tin foil hat heel Reply
    4 weeks ago

    Good thing I went on down yesterday to do a game on the cheap ($10) and sat in the seats my father had for 40+ years. I am going to miss being able to amble down and get in and sit wherever you please for a game with zero relevance for pennies on the dollar. This however is the biggest no brainier of all time, the stadium has been oversized for two decades now and it really is about creature comforts. What they need to do next is lower the field about 8-10 feet so you can actually see the sidelines. As it is if your anywhere in the bottom 30 rows the view is obstructed by the players.

    • BobLee Reply
      4 weeks ago

      I believe that (lowering the playing field) was on Butch Davis’ short-list before Marvin hit SEND and….
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      With Kenan and the reality of the true size of the UNC Football Fanbase, it might make more $$$ sense to simply remove / cover w/ canvas the lower 10-20 rows that truly are “obstructed view”. Selling those at the same face value of other seats has always been “iffy”.
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      When Duke made its Wally Wade changes several years ago they “lowered the field” for that same reason. Alas, with Duke’s FB Fan base it didn’t matter.

      • Doug Reply
        4 weeks ago

        Fannies in seats are not as important now due to TV monies except for bragging rights. That may not last when ESPN decides to stop spending money like drunk sailors. I would simply and cheaply remove the low visibility seats and paint or cover the 100 yards with ads to bring in some revenue. Picture Joe’s Kwik Lube, Honest Al’s Used Cars. My on-the-cheap great idea is also just one of the many reasons I would be a very poor choice as AD anywhere. 😎

        • BobLee Reply
          4 weeks ago

          Hey… you already live in Greenville. ECU can hire you to replace THE HATED JEFF WHATSHISNAME and save moving expenses.

          • ultraviolet
            3 weeks ago

            I think ECU needs an AD with nearby roots. Boblee you’d make a good candidate just because I’d like to hear your speech when you fire a coach and bring in the next one. It has to be a doozy.

          • BobLee
            3 weeks ago

            Does ECU have an Official Hire’em / Fire’em Room like UNC used to … The Skipper Bowles Room … which got demo’ed when they built Roy’s IPF…

  • PA Reply
    4 weeks ago

    According to what little I know about UNC “travel arrangements,” they had nothing on their schedule yesterday, when all those teams went, or today. If it was Roy’s decision just think about how many members of the team were denied an opportunity of their lives…..regardless of who our President is. DISGUSTING, but typical Roy!!!!

    • BobLee Reply
      4 weeks ago

      I certainly don’t hide my very low regard for Roy Williams outside of his abilities as a HoF BB Coach. UNC announced last month that they were unable to find a suitable date for a WH visit. I have no doubt that was the excuse they gave to disguise the likelihood Roy would embarrass UNC and himself as he so often does…
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      IMO Roy’s HATRED For Trump is (1) to impress AfAm recruits… (2) to impress UNC Administration and faculty and “some” of the Lower Level Fat Cats. Roy is clueless that MANY UNCers do not share his stated opinion of Trump. Again… I only respect his coaching acumen. Not Roy Williams the Man.

  • BB.Derm Reply
    4 weeks ago

    The very reason I don’t know what UNC’s (or anyone else’s is) this season. I don’t know who the basketball team has played and don’t care (well, with the exception of Duke). Roy can kiss my ass.

    • BobLee Reply
      4 weeks ago

      And this from “a Carolina girl” who has attended A LOT of Franklin Street victory celebrations over the years. 🙂

  • 72Packer Reply
    4 weeks ago

    Kenan needs the upgrade. It and Penn State’s stadium were both built for people 5’6″ weighing no more than 140. While they are working on the seats, increase the width of the concourses to make it safer.

    • BobLee Reply
      4 weeks ago

      Alas, there are structural engineering issues that prevent that.

  • OldWuf Vet Reply
    4 weeks ago

    Wish we had those comfy seats in my section of CF. On my row seems like everybody’s arse is too big to fit in their allotted space. Of course if they did, with the loss of seats my rank would probably put us in a less desirable spot or out all together.
    I guess ol’Roy’s boys couldn’t miss class. It’s amazing how prevelent the UNC jokes are nowadays; us ABC’ers aren’t even telling most of them😀
    I assume the SayWhatMedia corporate jet is fueled and ready, pilot standing by on the tarmac to transport you and Grandma Blondie north for post-natal celebrations. Good luck and blessings

    • BobLee Reply
      4 weeks ago

      We are indeed. Flight plans are ready once we get the call from Pastor Danny. The mid-wife (don’t ask) says any time from now thru mid-Decem is fine. “Scout” is in the chute with “Ruthie” in the on-deck circle.
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      Indeed Roy & His Boyz were unavailable for a WH visit. No one seemed to miss them among the 17 other teams.

  • NCSU68Grad Reply
    4 weeks ago

    I LIKE IT. You must have spent a few extra “periods” of contemplation. It was concise and logical and funny….not even close to being abjectly stoopid…..my new word of the day. I always look up your “newby words” to make sure that I understand before I use them in mixed company.
    Abject -(of a person or their behavior) completely without pride or dignity; self-abasing: I think that abject pretty much defines the multitude of the Tarheel faithful who worship at the Dome and Aluminum Shrines….forgive me for that….I am NOT really an ABC’er….just one who observes deviant behavior (Al Franken…..do you hear me?).
    I WOULD propose a use for the “Al -You – Men – E – Yum” planks that gonna be removed. Obviously, they WILL be recycled. However, if they were piled up and correctly assembled into a Bonfire Pyramid Structure (Aggies have the REVISED Plans with now suitable internal bracing), then they could be “Burned OUT” like Nina Hole’s $40K “Fire Structure” that Cary purchased and “set off”….then when the hangover disappeared, they spent another $15 – $20K to MOVE to a location that is more remote that those chosen by Dick Cheney.
    This would be a PERFECT ceremony. Recycle the Aluminum. Give everyone votive candle blow torches. Have a vigil to defile and denigerate College Athletics. The response would be of magnitudes yet unseen in Kenan. BUT, since a Wuffie suggested such….it will never happen…..
    Should I start a “GoFundMe” campaign to finance such? Will gladly do such to assist UNC in their time of discontent and wandering through the morass of the CFB scene. Larry and the Lads could also participate.
    WF is gonna be formidable tomorrow for the Wolfies….nothing goes well when NCSU migrates to BB&T or Joel or whatever in Winston Salem. NCSU did better against WF when they were South of Youngsville and believed in God, would not allow “Dancin” and did NOT worship the evil tobacco….

    • BobLee Reply
      4 weeks ago

      I might recommend to Bubba that they cut those aluminum bleachers into 6′ lengths and sell to Wuffs to use as Christmas gifts for Wuff man-caves… like “seats in Reynolds” or Ebbetts Field etc.
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      What would an L to Deacs do for DD’s brass ring deal?

      • NCSU68Grad Reply
        4 weeks ago

        An “L” would be worse than more pictures of Al Franken groping wheel chair bound Dolly Parton look alikes….
        I have yet to travel to any NCSU v WFU athletic event hosted in Winston Salem and see my Wuffies victorious….so not gonna see if I can break the “string” or maybe the curse. Staying home and watching on the HD. Not to mention the 7:30 game time…which would put me back around 2:00 or so and getting to pre service choir rehearsal at 10:00 on Sunday AM would be in doubt….and our director would “hurt me” and smile as I lay on the floor….with a James Spader look….she a tough hombre.
        A LOT on the line. If DD and his staff and the lads go in and play with intensity….then he and Deb will do the “dance” that even his wife would approve of. Bookies have it about dead even since they give about the spread to the HT. Time to break the BB&T jinx.
        Have YOU heard if the Hat brought back the Count Down Clock and has it whirring in the light blue locker room with full size posters of the Wuffie “Targets”. The hat ain’t a bad coach….but if he does not give us a good game, then the UNC Faithful will be ripping up the aluminum to fabricate the rails to ride him out of CH on.
        It’s been said, and I been told….
        Carolina football players like their gold…
        I don’t know, but I have read…
        State football players are something to dread
        I heard a wise man once tell
        All the Chapel Hill folks can go to “H3LL”
        Sound off….One – Two
        Shout out…Three – Four
        Yes, I was inspired by some of the drill sergeant Lou Gossett’s chants in “An Officer and a Gentleman”….

  • MMF Reply
    4 weeks ago

    Why did the UNC BB team not go to the WH? Game/practice conflict? Gawd, I would sell my left nut and mortgage my right for that exposure and to meet POTUS 45. I hope this was not over political philosophical issues, if so there is probably a x section of these young men who will regret this decision some day, imho..Happy Thanksgiving to you and the familial..MMF.
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    ps: I have spent many game day tailgating parties in Da Grove and CF does not hold a candle stick to that experience..no brag just fact..EC tailgating ant that bad either.

    • BobLee Reply
      4 weeks ago

      IMO… 200% “political” but that may not be the right term. Roy has made a BFD about how much he HATES TRUMP but thats simply to impress AfAm recruits. I doubt he (Roy) can name a single Trump policy or his wife’s name. UNC claims “a suitable date could not be arranged” but UNC credibility rivals North Korea.

      • NCSU68Grad Reply
        4 weeks ago

        You nailed it. ORW and his “current events” knowledge would be like the survey that was done about Bernie Sanders’ Economic Policy versus Trump’s. When presented in an objective manner to LLLU (Left Liberal Leaning University) students….without mentioning a NAME….they overwhelmingly supported the MAGA plan versus the commune theory. BUT, when there was a BTW, this is TRUMP and this is Bernie, they immediately reversed the percentages and were all for Bernie’s socialist clap trap. That was done using control groups and the SAME presenters….like a focus group.
        Never thought about ORW using his “I am a Trump Hater” to get a recruiting edge. BUT, hey….ORW might be dumb, but he ain’t stupid. Good observation….

  • Zoot Reply
    4 weeks ago

    The Alcoa Corporation is drawing the paperwork up now to sue and reclaim their tickets. It’s their birthright.

    • BobLee Reply
      4 weeks ago

      Will “aluminum jokes” stop when “amphibious jokes” stop ? That seems a fair trade…

      • Zoot Reply
        4 weeks ago

        Can you repeat that? I have a tin ear.

  • 40yeartailgater Reply
    4 weeks ago

    A key element at Carter Finley is that there is no better tailgating venue. Anywhere. Back in the day, people went for the football contest. Now I would argue more people than not go to tailgate, with the game being a secondary reason. At a recent game I had to leave early mid Q3. I was astonished at the number of tailgaters in the parking lot. Some watching the game on 60″ tv’s with generators humming. The actual game only a few yards away.

    • BobLee Reply
      4 weeks ago

      You are EXACTLY RIGHT Sir. The folks at Ole Miss might take issue with “no better tailgating venue” but C-F is certainly a mighty fine one. There simply isn’t much UNC can ever do to challenge that on a large scale despite what they might boast. Tailgating hospitality IS the one feature not matched “sitting at home with HDTV”.

      • unctarheel1984 Reply
        4 weeks ago

        Agreed as to his premise and your caveat. Tailgating in Chapel Hill will never compare with the great “between C-F and PNC” set up the State of NC provided for NC State. Life is a trade-off. Carolina cheerleader are still cuter. 😉

        • BobLee Reply
          4 weeks ago

          There ARE certain spots around UNC campus that are fine tailgate locations but few and far between. Simply a logistical reality. The cheerleaders comparison is probably correct based on large-scale year in / year out data. With 65% coed student body the odds are in UNC favor.

      • CNR Reply
        4 weeks ago

        Let us leave the Grove out of this. If one has never spent pre-game at the Grove with the Ole Miss band playing ‘Hot Toddy’, ‘Dixie’ and To ‘Dixie With Love,’ and felt the love and hospitality of Mississippians, both white folks and black folks, well. Sorry. as the English once took the Shamrock out of Ireland, Dixie is no longer permitted in the Grove or stadium.
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        Dixie is one of the tunes of the 1st Marine Division of which Waltzing Matilda is another. ‘Goober peas’ is another in honor of the Goobers, again both Black and White who gave their all for this country whom so many have been taught to hate.
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        There is not a tailgate party to match those at Madison, Green Bay, or Milwaukee Brewers. They were the first beginning many decades ago.
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        Ask a NY Giant fan, or Pittsburgh Steeler, or an LSU Tiger fanatic. Those Badger State people know how to throw a party. When you get a close to unanimous affirmative reply from South Louisiana people, you know that the statement is true. Don’t ask the question of a Bears fan.

        • BobLee Reply
          4 weeks ago

          Is Coach Sumelin buying green bananas in College Station? Looks like as many as FIVE SEC HCs are walking The Green Mile. Tuff Bidness, huh?
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          In The Shadow of The Arch they are all talking GianCarlo but I’m betting won’t happen. I think he wants Chavez Ravine but doubt Don Mattingly wants any more of Mr Puig.
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          How many years as it been since Thanksgiving in Beaumont? Seems like yesterday… 🙂

    • Doug Reply
      4 weeks ago

      May I suggest to 40year to write an angry letter to the editor of The Insider for omitting C-FS while including UNC, (I call BS on that one) App State, Wake Forest (underrated) and Duke. UW-Madison is on this list and many similar lists. ECU was left out even with all those cowboy boot wearing coeds prancing around in short skirts. It’s a pretty safe bet that most people think that “our” school is tops at everything. The only way I’ll show up for a tailgate is for Brunswick Stew or fish stew and once one gets west of LaGrange the odds of a getting decent fish stew deteriorates rapidly.

      http://www.thisisinsider.com/best-college-tailgate-party-2017-9#5-university-of-tennessee-knoxville-tennessee-46

      The downsizing/adding comfort is a good move for UNC.

      • BobLee Reply
        4 weeks ago

        Often times positions on “those lists” are “purchased” directly or indirectly. UW-Madison has zero “festival parking” but 85,000 all seem to have their favorite spots. I put ECU just behind C-F only because I think CF has more open acreage than D-F. I could be wrong. A LOT of Pirate Ships seem to dock around D-F when the team is winning. … Clemson works really well for tailgating too.
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        EVERY school claims it invented “purty lil’ gals in cowboy boots” too.

  • Jay Reply
    4 weeks ago

    I thought the NCAA already made Kenan Komfier and Kozier…

    • BobLee Reply
      4 weeks ago

      The NCAA was more interested in keeping Roy happy over in Dean’s Dome. Which they did.

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