Smith Center Entry Policies

UNC Athletic Communications

The following policies are implemented during the University of North Carolina basketball season for building security and patron safety:

DOORS: The doors to the Smith Center open 90 minutes prior to tip-off.

PROHIBITED ITEMS: All guests and their belongings are subject to screening by entry personnel. The following items are prohibited in the arena: alcoholic beverages, artificial noisemakers, baby seats, backpacks or large bags, balloons, banners and signs, beach balls, coolers or containers, duffel bags, explosives, fireworks, folding chairs, food and beverages, illegal drugs, laser pointers, pets (except service animals), large strollers, weapons of any kind, any other item that in the judgment of game management staff poses a safety hazard or detracts from the ability of others to enjoy the event. Leave all items at home or in your vehicle. No items will be checked in.

BACKPACKS AND LARGE BAGS: The Department of Homeland Security and the FBI released a joint Homeland Security note to raise security awareness in sport and entertainment venues. The admission policy at the Smith Center prohibits "backpacks or large bags", and they are defined as:
Backpack: A container designed to hold a bulky/heavy load and be worn on the back. Backpacks are typically characterized by wide shoulder strap, multiple zippers and pockets, and most often constructed of a sturdy material such as thick nylon, canvas or leather. NOTE: Simple drawstring bags with thin shoulder straps and purses designed to be worn on the back do not meet the criteria of backpack.
Large Bag: A large container such as a duffle or gym bag designed to carry a bulky/heavy load. Large bags are considered to be in the luggage family of containers and not the purse family. Most often constructed of a sturdy material such as thick nylon, canvas or leather. NOTE: Shopping bags or large purses do not meet the criteria of a large bag.

CAMERA POLICY: Point-and-shoot cameras are permitted at the Smith Center; however, flash photography is prohibited during game play. Video cameras may only be used during pre-game and halftime.

NO RE-ENTRY: Re-entry on an already scanned ticket is prohibited.

NO SMOKING: The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill prohibits smoking in buildings and areas controlled by the University. This means no smoking in or around the Smith Center.

HOURS OF OPERATION: The Smith Center is closed to the public on weekday event days in order to secure the arena for each event. Additionally, the facility is closed to the public on weekends and during practice times.

Disability Seating: Seating for patrons with disabilities is available on game day at Entry B of the Dean E. Smith Center.

Thank you for your cooperation in making the Smith Center a safe environment. Please visit the online Smith Center information page for more information.


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