Thursday night football update

On Thursday, Oct. 22, UNC will host FSU in Kenan Stadium in a nationally televised football game. More than 60,000 fans are expected to attend this game. Traffic around UNC Hospitals will be significantly impacted Oct. 22 from 5:30 - 8 p.m. and 11:15 - midnight.

This game will significantly impact UNC Hospitals’ patients, visitors, employees as well as its basic operations. A task force consisting of persons from several departments was formed to develop a plan that minimizes the potential impact on persons who need to enter and leave UNC Hospitals’ campus on game day. The elements of this proposed plan are outlined below. 

Facts about the Game

  • Game Date & Time
    Oct. 22 UNC vs. Florida State at 8 p.m.
  • Peak Traffic Congestion
    Delays of sixty minutes (or more) can be expected near UNC Hospitals from 5:30  - 8 p.m. and from 11:15 p.m. until midnight.
  • Spectators - 60,000 fans and staff are expected to attend the game.
  • Fall Break - UNC is on Fall Break and most students and faculty will be off campus.

Elements of the Proposed Plan

  • Clinic Patients
    Clinics on the main campus will not schedule patent visits to begin after 3 p.m. Oct. 22. Ancillary and support services can adjust their operations to meet the new schedule. Most off-site clinics are expected to close at their regular times. 
  • Patients
    Patient discharges should be coordinated to avoid peak traffic periods (5:30 - 8 p.m. and 11:15 p.m. - midnight).
  • Employees
    Most UNC Health Care staff will be accommodated where they normally park. However, to the degree possible departments are encouraged to consider modifying employees' work schedules to avoid peak traffic periods (5:30 - 8 p.m. and 11:15 p.m. - midnight).
  • Emergency Traffic Routes
    Alternative traffic routes (entrances and exits) will be established for emergency vehicles and health care staff members involved in emergency services. Staff members who are on emergency duties will be informed of the routes and provided credentials to use on game day.
  • Transit
    Chapel Hill Transit will increase the number of bus departures earlier on game day.  The exact bus schedule for game has yet to be determined. 
  • Communication Plans
    Communication plans will be developed for patients, employee’s visitors and fans. 
    • Patients – Communications are being developed to inform patients about the game and to recommend they avoid arriving or leaving during the peak traffic time periods.  
    • Fans - Communications to fans will inform them of the earliest time to arrive on campus for the game, as well as to provide information regarding transportation and to clearly note that tailgating will be eliminated or severely limited at designated locations off campus.
    • Employees – The agreed upon game day plan was reviewed at the July Department Heads. Additional communications will be provided to employees who park on campus as well as those who use Chapel Hill Transit.
    • Emergency Vehicles – All emergency agencies will be informed of the recommended routes to use to reach UNC Hospitals on game day.
    • Visitors – Beginning at least one week prior to game day, visitors will be informed of the expected traffic congestion related to the football game and asked to avoid driving into or out of campus during the hours of 5:30 and 8:30 p.m. on game day.

UNC Hospitals will continue to work with UNC Public Safety and the UNC Athletics Department to develop a plan that minimizes the potential impact on patients, visitors and employees on game day.