Making Kenan More Komfortable

Kenan Stadium
BobLee
April26/ 2017

Making Kenan More Komfortable

There will NOT be as much Aluminum on display “amid Kenan’s lofty pines” beginning this coming Fall. UNC Athletic officials announced this week that the aluminum bleachers in Sections 110-111 are being replaced with individual Kenan sectionsstadium seats. Approximately 1,600 seats are involved in this “test” of one possible solution to the declining in-stadium attendance issue that plagues UNCCH as well as most Power 5 football schools.

The two sections effected are in the NW corner on the Visitors side. The individual “folding seats w/ backrests” will afford 22” of “rear-end room” instead of the 18” or so of the bleacher rows. UNCCH officials noted that their 22” beats the 19” seats used in Duke’s recent upgrade of The Wally.  Is UNCCH attempting to lure away the handful of die-hards that show up at The Wally?

In by-gone eras before affordable giant flat-screen TVs made in-home viewing oh-so-much more attractive than “being there”, Schools used various “tricks” to amp up the official capacity of their stadiums presumably to “impress semi-literate 18 y/os”. One easy trick was to simply renumber each bleacher row cramming more seat space on each row. This practice was known as “enlargement by paint brush”. Fan comfort went to hell but who cared so long as recruits were impressed. That era is long gone.

Will these 1,600 22”-wide folding seats with seat backs in Sections 110-111 make a noticeable impact on Kenan Stadium’s declining in-stadium attendance issue? The sample is way too small to be significant but UNC officials will certainly tout that it was because that’s what all universities always do…. (Like how “they” claim that graduates with Af-Am Studies degrees actually get paying jobs in the real world other than NBA player.)

I applaud the concept and have suggested exactly this as one of several solutions to a pretty much unsolvable problem. I would have started with sections “between the 40s” and moved outward each season rather than corner end zones seats but no one asked for my opinion.

UNC has already provided the #1 incentive for “going to the game” whichi is to put a winning team with a high-scoring offense on the field for the past two seasons.  That, unfortunately, failed to “fill the aluminum” as fans of UNC’s hated rivals delight in pointing out.

There is very little that UNC can do to affect the site logistics hassles of an aging stadium surrounded by the ever-encroaching academic and administrative needs of the institution. Little other than to poke fun at the very very tailgate-friendly advantages of a fairgrounds location.

The announcement of the 1600 22”-wide seats also included a notice that UNC’s vaunted “Indoor Practice Facility” a/k/a “IPF” originally estimated to cost $25,000,000 is now at $35,000,000 and the first shovel-full of dirt has yet to be moved. Does this rising cost mean extra smoothie machines and assorted other ridiculum trying to Out-Dabo Dabo?  Alas, ain’t nobody in the ACC going to Out-Dabo Dabo when it comes to Recruiting Bling.

By comparison: $35,000,000 is almost twice as much as the $18,000,000 spent so far on legal costs and general cover-up / damage control of The Greatst Eligibility Scam in NCAA History. Both expensive elements – recruiting bling and scandal cover-up – are certain to keep rising…. and rising. What costs Bragging Rights? …. What costs indeed?

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In a somewhat related area…. It looks like most, if not all, of Roy’s Boyz expected to return next year…. won’t be after all. Joel Berry, Theo Pinson and Freshman Tony Bradley are now officially / maybe adiosing to The NBA subject to hiring agents. Justin Jackson’s departure was a certainty. That leaves Luke Maye,  Seventh Woods, two biscuit boys, and the ghost of Neal Fingleton to defend the championship.

These roster departures along with top assistant C.B. McGrath going to UNC-W means even more pressure on “Three-Ring Roy”. PLUS there being four years of President Donald Trump for Roy to grind his teeth over. Might the peripatetic Hall Of Fame Coach be considering leaving the Dean Dome sidelines for a spot on The View or prehaps simply standing out on I-40 and throwing rocks at cars?

Am I the only one who keeps hearing that….
The NCAA and UNCCH ALMOST “had a deal” recently? UNC would give up the 2005 banner and the NCAA would go away…. But UNCCH backed out of “the deal” at the last minute preferring to “take our chances in court”.

WHOA – STOP THE PRESSES …. Joel Berry II has decided – this AM – to stay and NOT “pursue an NBA career”.  Blass his heart.

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During March Madness, Jay Bilas was on TV 25/8. Only Marie Osmond Nutrisystem ads were more prevalent. Since even Jay can only drone on and on and on about the minute vagarities of college basketball so long, Jay mentioned his addiction to the Showtime series Billions. Jay and I share that addiction.

Billions is in its 3rd season on Showtime. It is Les Miserable On Wall Street with Bobby “Axe” Axelrod as Jean Valjean and Federal Attorney Chuck Rhodes as Inspector Javert. Chuck is obsessed in taking down Billionaire Bad Boy Bobby.

Billions

My knowledge of “hedge funds” and “insider trading” / stock market manipulation is maybe 20% of Roy Williams’ in-depth expertise re: “anything other than basketball & golf”. Ergo, I don’t know squat. But the characters of “Axe”, Chuck and their wives Lara and Wendy are quite compelling.

This season they even introduced cable TV’s first “It” – Taylor Mason – described as a “non-binary” – either a female becoming a male or vice versa. Who knows! “It” is a genius savant who has become Bobby’s go-to-non-binary investment strategist. Have I mentioned that Attorney Chuck is a total nebbish and deep into sexual domination by Wendy complete with leather catsuits, dog collars etc etc. Oh…. And Chuck is running for Governor of New York.

As with any Showtime / HBO series, Billions is NOT for Everyone. I’m not sure what that says about me and Jay Bilas. No clue if Marie Osmond watches Billions.

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There was High Drama yesterday (Tues) on the comment section of our last column (Chihuahua & Randy). If you enjoy emotional trainwreckShanes you might check it out. As the smoke cleared, one of our most notorious comment contributors was “doing a Shane” if you recall the final scene of that classic Alan Ladd western. ….. except this time there was no distraught Brandon DeWilde sitting on the fence crying “Shane, Shane, come back Shane….”.

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When I saw the Title…I thought it about renaming the stadium. Considering the Jr was apple of the tree, and Sr was the on the colt-browning machine gun at the Wilmington Massacre mowing down blacks.
…and considering a great deal of who fill that stadium are cultural marxists….

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Paul Coder

At 6-10 and weighing about 310, I live in a world that is not designed for me. The chihuahua could sit on my lap and we could do a faux ventriloquist act. Ducking under doorways is second nature. Finding a car to drive comfortably or an airline seat to sit in are always concerns. I always hated those one-piece desks in school. Sometimes when I would try to get up, the whole thing would come with me. To boot, I am left-handed. But, I am not complaining. Aside from never having to be worried about being bullied, it has helped… Read more »

NCSU68Grad
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NCSU68Grad

Your comment about the little blue Smurfette in your lap conjured up frame from midget porn. Great line. Horrible visionary. I guess having a 16 1/2″ neck with 37″ arms ain’t that bad after all

Highstick
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Highstick

Paul Coder…Wow…a name I have not thought about in a long time! I came back to State in the fall of 70 after Uncle Sam was through with me…

While I’m not 6’10”, I understand the issue of “getting wider” over the years. I’ve given up season tickets elsewhere(SEC) this year because the women are taking up two seats now!

UNC blue
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UNC blue

Addicted to “Billions”? I’m addicted to Marie Osmond’s commercials.

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ultraviolet

“UNCCH officials noted that their 22” beats the 19” seats used in Duke’s recent upgrade of The Wally.” That one’s pretty simple. Duke fans don’t have collective fannies as big as those at UNC. Just kidding before I get an Antifa rally in front of my house/condo/apartment/cave (being deliberately vague just in case). I do vividly remember at ECU before Terry Holland had the chairback seats added in vast swaths of Doubtful-Feckless that one individual that sat on the end of our row had a double wide presence. It started a cascade for the whole row that ended up with… Read more »

JD
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JD

I watched about half of the first season of Billions but the financial lingo got to me. Much like the UNC academic department has Bobby Axlerod even committed a crime or is it all in Chuck’s head?

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Former96Heel

On a side note, isn’t it obvious, the similarities between ESPN laying off on-air talent, and the slow bleed of the newspapers over the last decade+ of their writers? It shows how long it has been since I actually watched ESPN, that I only recognized Len Elmore, Jerry Punch and one NFL team reporter.

RHT.94
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RHT.94

BL: How much of a factor has TGU been in creating the current “aluminum issue” in Kenan Stadium?

MAPACKFAN
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MAPACKFAN

Of course the reason they CAN’T start in the middle is that all of those seats are “permanent” seat holders. Meaning they are long time Rams club buyers who would scream bloody murder if they got moved to the adjacent section because of the loss of seats. Got to start in the corners where nobody cares.

Ed.UNC79
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Ed.UNC79

If Bubba did ask, what suggestions woud you offer for the current Kenan situation?

Nancy.in.WakeForest
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Nancy.in.WakeForest

Serious Question BL. Why,in your opinion is Carter-Finley NOT having the attendance issues (yet) that most stadiums are having?

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myowngrandpaw

I sold football programs in the late 60’s. Parking was anywhere you could fit a car and not block a fire hydrant, traffic, or emergency vehicles. Then everyone would WALK thru the campus to the games. It was quite an atmosphere. The UNC campus is always beautiful in the fall. Now they BAN parking almost EVERYWHERE. At UNC a few hundred cars park near the stadium and the rest are BUSSED in for a FEE and bypass the campus atmosphere altogether. OR pay for parking in the HOSPITAL parking deck. They do require college students to REMOVE their cars from… Read more »

myowngrandpaw
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myowngrandpaw

Has license seating ever been entertained at Kenan?
If you don’t buy tickets and retain the yearly gift amount the seats are revoked and given to someone else.
So it is a form of blackmail.

With all the big donors at UNC, I would think there would be little problem getting enough license seating to guarantee a sellout every game.

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AO.GSBO

WHat % of the NC general public can fit into a 22″ wide seat? It was always fun to watch this at Panther games. With a 16 oz. beer in one hand and a glob of nachos in the other, it was hilarious to see them try to sqeeze half an ass into one of those seats.

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MaHa

There is no way on God’s green earth that this is Kennels last comment. If both his hands were cut off he would type with his toes. People with egos like his never go away they think the rest of us can’t live without them. MAHA.

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NCSU68Grad

Please suggest to Bubba that he “re-use” rather than recycle (smelter) the Aluminum Bleachers. They could be erected in various places for the Votive Candle Vigils….or perhaps for late night viewing of the vandals doing vile (Pornographic) things to Silent Sam. Not being a real student of the UNC campus layout….there MUST be other areas where students would want to congregate and have comfortable sitting arrangements. What WONDERFUL opportunity for the Rams Club to set up a “Free Speech Zone”. They could also subdivide it in on specifically designed to protect the students and athletes and fans from HATE SPEECH….you… Read more »

Chet.Garner
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Chet.Garner

That non-binary “It” on Billions redefines VERY VERY STRANGE! Imagine that standing next to you at a urinal ??? Count me in with you and Jay as a Billions fan.

Doug
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Doug

Like Crest toothpaste ads in the 50’s & 60’s, UNC can now legally claim that Kenan has 2.666% less aluminum. ? Apparently there’s no truth to the rumor that Carter-Finley will be adding 30 inch wide wolf thingy seat backs in response.

Your notorious fan should have some blood work done to check for Dihydrogen Monoxide poisoning. It’s possible that he has been over-exposed to it. He might want to Google it just in case.