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Initially the home to Carolina's men's basketball and wrestling teams, Carmichael has housed the women's volleyball, women's gymnastics, and women's basketball teams as well. Though the men's basketball team moved to the Dean E. Smith Center midway through the 1985-1986 season, the other five sports have continued to call Carmichael home. Prior to moving to the Smith Center, the Tar Heel men's basketball team compiled an amazing 169-20 record at Carmichael Auditorium, including a perfect 5-0 during the first half of the 1985-86 season.
Prior to the 1976-77 season, 1,200 seats were added to bring historic Carmichael to its present capacity of 10,180. On January 22, 1999, the first-ever sold-out crowd filled Carmichael to capacity to watch the Carolina women's basketball team play Duke.
Carmichael Auditorium adjoins Woollen Gymnasium, a long-time site of varsity competition and current home of physical education and intramural activities.
The auditorium is named for the late William D. Carmichael, Jr., a highly popular figure on campus who served as the university's comptroller, then as its vice-president. He also served for many years as the Consolidated University's acting president. Carmichael passed away in 1961.
Carmichael Auditorium was the site of the 1987 U.S. Olympic Festival volleyball competition. On March 3, 2001, the first-ever MatJam, the wrestling championships for the Atlantic Coast, Colonial, and Southern conferences, was held at Carmichael. It has also been the host of fifteen women's basketball NCAA Tournament games since 1984. The Tar Heels are 14-1 all-time in NCAA Tournament play at Carmichael Auditorium. Carmichael has also hosted numerous North Carolina state high school championships in volleyball, girls' basketball, and wresting. Athletic camps, cheerleading camps, intramural games, and amateur competition of various kinds make Carmichael a busy place.
The Auditorium had a new floor installed after a fire in the spring of 1998. The new floor proved to be a good omen for Carolina athletics. The volleyball team went undefeated in 17 games including victories over non-conference opponents Notre Dame and Tennessee. Gymnastics also had a perfect home record, going 6-0 in Carmichael for the first time in school history. The women's basketball team went 16-2 in games at Carmichael during the 1998-99 season. Wrestling won three of its home meets during the 1998-99 season, including an overwhelming 40-0 victory Maryland.
A number of athletic department offices are located in Carmichael, including Sports Marketing, Olympic Sports administrator Dr. Beth Miller, and a number of Carolina coaches. The halls are lined with sketches of Carolina's most outstanding athletes, and there are five trophy cases containing awards and pictures from a number of sports.