Directions to the University North Carolina Dean Smith Center
FROM VIRGINIA AND POINTS NORTH
Take I-85 South to Durham, NC. Exit left at US 15-501 in Durham and
follow 15-501 approximately 9 miles to Chapel Hill. Once in Chapel Hill,
maintain US 15-501 Bypass (Fordham Boulevard). At around the 7th
stoplight, turn right onto Manning Drive. The Smith Center is one-half
mile on the left on Skipper Bowles Drive.
FROM POINTS WEST
Take I-85 North towards Durham. Exit just past Burlington onto NC 54
East (Exit #148, Chapel Hill Exit). Follow NC 54 for approximately 20
miles to Carrboro. Go through 2 stoplights and stay on NC 54 for about 4
miles to the next stoplight, Manning Drive. Turn left on Manning Drive.
The Smith Center is one-half mile on the left on Skipper Bowles Drive.
FROM POINTS EAST
Take I-40 West toward Chapel Hill. Exit at NC 54 West (Exit #273 B) and
follow for approximately 4 miles. Once in Chapel Hill, continue to
follow signs for NC 54 West, which means you will have to exit right
under first overpass. At the top of the exit turn right at light. Follow
NC 54 West/15-501South until the 2nd stoplight. Turn right onto Manning
Drive. The Smith Center is one-half mile on the left on Skipper Bowles
FROM POINTS SOUTH
Take US 15-50 North toward Chapel Hill. Exit right onto US 15-501 Bypass
in Chapel Hill. Turn left at first stoplight onto Manning Drive. The
Smith Center is one-half mile on the left on Skipper Bowles Drive.
Event Shuttle Service:
For select Smith Center events, Chapel Hill Transit will run Tar Heel
Express shuttle buses. Service starts 1.5 hours before the scheduled
start of an event. Buses operate from 2 or more of the following 4
locations (call 919-968-2769 for specific lots for your event). The
one-way fare for the shuttle is $3.00 and $4.00 for round-trip. Return
trips begin immediately after each event and continue for about 30-40
- Route 54 West: Carrboro Plaza Shopping Center
- Route 54 East: Park and Ride Lot adjacent to the Friday Continuing Education Center
- Route 15-501 South: Southern Village Park and Ridge lot (between Culbreth and Dogwood Acres Roads)
- Route 15-501 East: University Mall at Estes Drive
For more information concerning upcoming events, you can call the 24
hour Special Events Information Line at 919-558-5961 or check out the Department of Public Safety website.
Limited parking is available on-site especially during special events
(during basketball games, all lots surrounding the Smith Center are
reserved). During Smith Center events, traffic around the Center may be
restricted. During weekday events, Skipper Bowles Drive will be closed
to thru traffic starting at 6:00pm. A parking fee is charged per car and
may vary from event to event, but are typically as follows:
- Automobile Parking up to $6.00
- Limousine and Small RV Parking $10.00
- Bus and Large RV Parking $20.00
- Assistance Arranging Charter $25.00
- Bus Parking (fee in addition to parking fee)
Handicap parking is available on a first-come, first-serve basis in the
lot across the street from the Smith Center. Cart transportation to the
Smith Center from the designated handicap parking area is available
before events. For safety reasons, transportation to the parking area
after an event is available only after most of the Center is vacated.
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