Chapel Hill, NC 27514
For more information, please call the Smith Center Administrative office at: (919) 962-7777. For ticket information, please call (919) 962-2296 or (800) 722-4335.
Please call the Smith Center Administrative Office prior to your visit to make sure the building will be open.
Business Hours: 8:00am-5:00pm Monday-Friday.
Event Hours: Box Office window is generally open 1.5 hours prior to event.
Phone: 919-962-2296 and 800-722-4335
Location: Box Office and Will Call are located in the Ernie Williamson Athletics Center next to Koury Natatorium and the Dean E. Smith Center
Tickets for all Smith Center events can be purchased by coming to the Smith Center Box Office during regular business hours or going to TarHeelBlue.com's ticket page. For Carolina Basketball games, children age 2 and under do not require a ticket but must sit on the lap of a ticket-holder.
Carolina basketball plays its home games at the Smith Center, one of the most recognized athletic venues in America. The Smith Center became the home of the Tar Heels in 1986 and has since become a cherished traditional symbol of Carolina basketball.
In the fall of 2001, the UNC locker room and weight room were completely renovated. A new media center was built and the Bowles Room and Educational Foundation offices were retrofitted to include a practice gym that will allow added scheduling flexibility.
Dedicated in September 1986 as the Dean Edwards Smith Center, the 300,000-square-foot structure stands on seven and one-half acres on the University's south campus. Over 20,000 cubic yards of rock were removed to make room for the 340-foot-wide, 380-foot-long and 140-foot-high building.
The first game featured No. 1 Carolina beating No. 3 Duke, 95-92, in a battle of unbeatens on Jan. 18, 1986. The first basket was scored by Carolina center Warren Martin off a pass from Kenny Smith. Since that first game, the Smith Center has been the site of many memorable moments in Tar Heel history.
In 1999, the Smith Center and Koury Natatorium served as the basketball and aquatic venues for the 1999 Special Olympics World Summer Games.
The Smith Center has undergone a number of improvements to keep it on the cutting edge of basketball arenas.
As a multi-purpose facility, the Smith Center has played host to a wide range of athletic events and concerts. In 1987, U.S. Olympic Festival basketball attracted a Smith Center record crowd of 23,713 for the gold medal game. In 1988, the venue served as the site of the first and second rounds of the NCAA East Regional. In 1994, the Smith Center hosted the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships, attracting a three-day total of over 60,000 fans.
Kenny Rogers staged the first concert in the arena on April 12, 1986. Other entertainers to perform here included the Grateful Dead, Bon Jovi, John Denver, Bruce Springsteen, Guns N' Roses and Elton John. Adjacent to the Smith Center is the Maurice J. Koury Natatorium. One of the finest and fastest swimming facilities in the country, the natatorium features an eight-lane, 50-meter pool. The Smith Center and Koury Natatorium also host such community activities as the commencement ceremonies for several area high schools, American Cancer Society Swim-for-Life, the School of Social Work gala, the Chancellor's Club gala, the Kenan-Flagler Business School Dedication, University Blood Drive, University Career Fairs, December Commencement Exercises and May Commencement Exercises. Thousands of school children visit the Smith Center annually.
Koury Natatorium also is open to faculty, staff and townspeople for a designated period each weekday for a Master's Swim program, and both facilities have been used annually for the North Carolina High School Athletic Association championships.
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. Pass Carrboro Plaza on the right 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 A) 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 Drive.
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.
There is on-site parking available on a first-come, first-served basis in the Ramshead parking deck adjacent to Kenan Stadium with the appropriate disability permit and/or tag. Cart transportation to the Smith Center from the designated disability parking area is available before events. For safety reasons, transportation to the parking area after an event is available only after most of the arena is vacated. For more information see the Department of Public Safety web site at www.dps.unc.edu.
Tickets for the wheelchair accessible seating platform may be purchased by calling the Smith Center Box Office at 919-962-2296. Seating platforms are located at Sections 101 and 133. One person may accompany the ticket holder in the seating area.
Prior to the event, the Box Office can arrange special seating for guests with visual and/or hearing impairments.
The Smith Center is equipped with four entrance ramps and two seating platforms for our guests. If elevator assistance is needed, event staff located at the Memorabilia Room are available.
Ushers will be located at each entrance to the reserved seating area to assist all patrons with seating or any other needs. Please contact an usher if you require reseating to the disability seating area.
|There are accessible water fountains located on the concourse. In addition, the ATM and concession stands are accessible to those patrons in wheelchairs and the restrooms are equipped with the appropriate facilities.|
DEAN E. SMITH CENTER
Monday-Friday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm.* Please call the Smith Center Administrative Office at 919-962-7777 prior to your visit to make sure the building will be open.
(*the building is closed during basketball practices and when there is an event scheduled that would require the building to be closed for event preparation)
Visitors are welcome to visit the Concourse Level (third floor).
THE FIRST FLOOR AND PLAYING COURT ARE CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC.
No weapons, alcohol, food, cans, bottles, beverages, coolers or pets of any kind are allowed in the Smith Center at any time.
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 locations (call 919-969-4900 for specific lots for your event). The one-way fare for the shuttle is $3.00 and $5.00 for round-trip. Return trips begin immediately after each event and continue for about 30-40 minutes.
For more information concerning upcoming events, you can call the 24 hour Special Events Information Line at 919-962-3951 or check out the http://www.ci.chapel-hill.nc.us/transit/.
PARKING Limited parking is available on-site during special events, while during basketball games, all lots surrounding the Smith Center are reserved. During Smith Center events, traffic around the Center will 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:
Disability parking is available on a first-come, first-serve basis in the Bowles Lot adjacent to 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 arena is vacated.
POLICIES & SERVICES
NO SMOKING: For the health and comfort of others, smoking is not permitted in the Smith Center at any time.
ALCOHOL AND WEAPONS: Bringing intoxicating beverages and/or weapons into the Smith Center at any time is prohibited.
CAMERA/VIDEO EQUIPMENT: Video cameras, audio equipment and cameras with professional lenses larger than 55mm are prohibited at all times. Small point-and-shoot cameras and cameras with lens in the range of 50-55mm are allowed at Carolina basketball games. Flash photography is not allowed. Some non-basketball events allow cameras, so please call 919-962-7777 to see if your event applies. NO LASER POINTERS.
ANNOUNCEMENTS: PA announcements will be used only in the event of emergencies. Contact an event operations staff member with your needs.
USHERS: Ushers will be located at each entrance to the reserved seating area to assist you with your seating or with any other needs.
FOOD/CONCESSIONS: Concession stands are located around the concourse and offer a wide variety of snacks, hot foods and beverages. Alcohol is neither sold nor permitted in the Smith Center.
GAME DAY PROGRAMS: Programs are sold at kiosks located at each Entrance and at various other locations along the concourse during the game.
RESTROOMS: Four restrooms each for men and women are located on the concourse level of the arena.
POLICE: UNC Police is onsite from the time the doors open until the event has ended. Please contact event security or usher if you need assistance.
FIRST AID: First aid is located at Entrance C. South Orange Rescue Squad units are on duty at each event.
LOST AND FOUND: Lost and Found is located at Entrance B during the event. After an event is over, found items will be turned over to the UNC Public Safety Department the following day.
ATM: ATMs are now available on the concourse at Entrance A and C. The Smith Center is not responsible for any transactions.
PARENT WAITING ROOM: For select Smith Center events, a Parents Waiting Room in the Memorabilia Room is available for parents to wait in while their children enjoy an event. Please call in advance to see if your event applies.
To see a seating map of the Dean E. Smith Center, click here.
THERE ARE NO TOURS OF THE SMITH CENTER, but the public is welcome to visit the second and third floors during business hours.
The arena will be closed to visitors during basketball practice and during event setups.