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The Carolina Inn unveils Football Gameday

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (August 28, 2008) - The Carolina Inn will unveil a Football Gameday version to its popular end-of-the-workweek celebration called "Fridays on the Front Porch" on Saturday, August 30.

Starting two hours before kickoff of each home football game (4 pm this Saturday as North Carolina hosts McNeese State), live music by Mick Mixon of Franklin Street Band and former color analyst on the UNC Tar Heel Sports Network creates the perfect pregame atmosphere. The Inn offers its Southern Style Picnic menu with full bar service, and plenty of comfortable seating under the shady oaks and magnolias on the Inn's front lawn. There is no cover charge.

This Football Gameday version of "Fridays on the Front Porch" supports the recently unveiled "Touch Downtown Chapel Hill" campaign that strives to encourage football fans, both residents and visitors, to start early and stay late in Chapel Hill after the game ends and enjoy nearly 100 restaurants, 50 specialty stores and a mile of family cultural attractions.

In addition to this Saturday's season and home opener at Kenan Stadium, the Tar Heels host Virginia Tech on September 20, Connecticut on October 4, Notre Dame on October 11, Boston College on October 25, Georgia Tech on November 8 and North Carolina State on November 22.

About The Carolina Inn
Recognized as one of America's "cultural resources worthy of preservation," The Carolina Inn is listed on the National Register of Historic Places with elite status as a AAA Four Diamond Award Hotel and Mobil Four Star Award-Winning Dining at the Carolina Crossroads Restaurant. From the day it opened in 1924, the 184-room Inn has played an important role in the life of the University of North Carolina and the Chapel Hill community. And it has long been one of the most popular sites in North Carolina for special events, weddings, business meetings, and academic conferences with over 13,000 square feet of flexible meeting and event space. In addition to having a rich cultural history, The Carolina Inn is architecturally significant, blending elements of antebellum Southern plantation houses with Georgian and neoclassical features often found in the Northeast. The original front of the building was modeled after the Potomac River front of Mt. Vernon. The Carolina Inn is one of more than 30 independent, upscale and luxury hotels, resorts and golf clubs in the United States managed by Destination Hotels & Resorts, the fourth largest independent hospitality management company in the country. www.carolinainn.com