When Kenan Stadium was completed in 1927 it was considered the finest example of gridiron architecture in the world. The stadium was a gift by UNC alumnus William Rand Kenan Jr. in honor of his parents, Mary and William Rand Kenan, and explains why its full name is Kenan Memorial Stadium. Kenan graduated from UNC in 1894, and two years later, when he was 22, co-founded Union Carbide (Now part of Dow Chemical). At the age of 27 he and his brother-in-law, Henry Flagler, who had been a founder of Standard Oil with John D. Rockefeller, became the primary developers of the South Florida by constructing the Florida East Coast Railroad and establishing luxurious resorts in Palm Beach and Miami Beach.
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What is it that binds us to this place as to no other? It is not the well or the bell or the stone walls. or the crisp October nights. No, our love for this place is based upon the fact that it is as it was meant to be, The University of the People.