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xtensive work goes into readying Kenan Stadium
By MIKE TRUELL
Long before Kenan Stadium fills up on a
football Saturday, someone cleans the stands.
Long before the referee flips the coin at cen
ter field, someone paints the UNC emblem
for him to stand on. And long before Kelvin
Bryant races down the field, someone dyes
the field green.
But UNC's Kenan Stadium is not only ac
tive on football Saturdays. Instead, the area
is constantly being prepared for these games
by the grounds and maintenance crew.
"Anywhere from 15 to 16 people get in
volved at some point or another," said Bob
Davenport, the supervisor of the crew. "They
do everything from field maintenance to
maintenance of the stadium."
Davenport, who began this position earlier.
this season, outlined the jobs of his crew as
painting the field, cutting the UNC-shaped
hedge and cleaning the stadium among other
The actual work occurs days before the
The painting of the field, Davenport ex
plained, is done the Tuesday before the -game.
Tom James, one of the men who paints
the field, said it takes approximately 165 gal
lons of paint for Dan Pickett, John Houk and .
himself to paint both end zones and the
"UNC" at center field. James added that it
takes about two days for the men to paint
this with a double coat of Carolina blue and
Also, since the grass on the field turns
brown about mid-season (after the first frosti
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Veather permitting tha stadium is cissred of trash day after the game
. . .Naval ROTC or lacrosse team usually contract to clean the area ,
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the crew uses another 20 gallons of green
dye on the field. This process is then contin
ued for the rest of the season.
On the day before the game, the crew
does such things as setting out the pylons
and putting out the mats for the football
players to stand on.
With all this work being done for the field,
it is probably obvious that the football team
never actually practices on the field. They do,
however, stretch on it on f riday afternoons
for 20 to 25 minutes, yet they bring no equip
ment. Along with field jobs, the crew also works
on the stadium and the stands. They do such
things as repairing the stadium, caring for
the bathrooms, checking the plumbing,
cleaning the press box, checking the electri
cal equipment, inspecting the concrete
blocks and beams, painting the stadium and
cleaning the stands. -
The crew is also responsible for the main
tenance of the field house. On the mornings
before home games, Davenport, said they
clean up the Ram's club area (East End
On the whole, he added, "we try to keep
the least amount of work the day of the
Immediately after the games, the crew is
busy pulling off the various equipment from
the field. The following day, if weather per
mits, the clean-up people clean the area.
Davenport said that the Naval ROTC or
the lacrosse team usually contracts to clean
the stadium. They bring about 40 to 60 peo
ple who go through the entire stadium, in
side and out, and through certain parking;
lots, using blowers, dump trucks, and trash
The grounds and maintenance crew is not
only responsible for the upkeep of Kenan
Stadium, they are. also responsible for all
athletic facilities except for Carmichael Au
ditorium and Woollen Gym. They work on
Ehringhaus Field, Carmichael Field, Fetzer.
Field and indoor track, the new fields at
Finley, the baseball stadium and field and
approximately 60 tennis courts.
The crew, which also includes David Bur
ton,: Andrew Calhoun, Ernest Council, Walt
Council, Brodie Edwards, Jamie Ellis, Julius
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Kenan. Stadium's field for other events such
as graduation. Fourth of July ceremonies
and Chapel Thrill.
"The concentration," Davenport said, "is
here (Kenan) during football season."
; Maintenance of the field, he said, is a
year-round program. It starts early in the
spring when there is a soccer, lacrosse or
BlueWhite game It then continues through
the summer and fall.
The toughest part of the job, according to
Davenport, is preparing for that first home
But still, someone has to do it
Because if it was not for these people, the
lives of many UNC students on Saturday af
ternoons would not be half as exciting.
Mike Trueil is a staff writer for The Daily
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