Accessibility Information - Dean E. Smith Center
Release: 10/18/2014

For patrons with disabilities or chronic medical conditions, the Dean E. Smith Center provides accommodations including accessible seating, auxiliary aids and services and accessible restrooms that will allow for an enjoyable game day experience. Accessible seating is made available at the Dean E. Smith Center in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.

Accommodation Requests

If you have a disability or chronic medical condition and you wish to request accommodations, please complete the Accessibility Request Form to request an accommodation. You may also contact the UNC Ticket Office at or 919-962-2296. Early requests are encouraged. Depending on your particular needs, two weeks' notice will generally allow us to make every effort to accommodate your request.

Accessible Entrances

All entrances at the Dean E. Smith Center are accessible for guests with disabilities. All guests should enter the arena through Entrances A, B, or D.  Students enter exclusively through Entrance C.

Assistive Listening Devices/Hearing Impaired

Assistive Listening Devices are available at no charge. A driver's license, credit card or some other acceptable form of picture identification is required as a deposit.


Disability Parking is available on a first-come, first serve basis in the Rams Head parking deck on Ridge Road. Bus 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 approximately 30 minutes following the conclusion of the event.

For more information on accessible parking, please visit the UNC Department of Public Safety's website.


Accessible restrooms are located on the concourse level in the Smith Center.

Seat Locations

Accessible seating is located on the concourse level in the Smith Center.

Service Animals

Trained guide dogs or service animals assisting guests with disabilities are permitted inside the Smith Center. Guests requesting this accommodation are encouraged to complete the Accessibility Request Form in advance of the event.

Ticket Exchange

1.     Guests requiring accessible seating should complete the Accessibility Request Form in advance of the event to request accessible seating. Once a guest has completed the Accessibility Request Form, he or she may exchange a standard admission ticket for an accessible seat ticket.

2.     Given the excitement and crowds on game day, guests with a standard admission ticket who need accessible seating are encouraged to make the exchange in advance of the game if possible. Advanced exchanges can be made by completing the Accessibility Request Form or at the UNC Ticket Office, located at 450 Skipper Bowles Drive, on the ground floor of the Ernie Williamson Athletic Center. 

3.     If guests requiring accessible seating cannot make the exchange in person in advance of the game, a limited number of accessible seats may be available at Entrance B beginning 90 minutes prior to tipoff. Guest should make the supervisor at Entrance B aware of their need for an accessible seat.


Guests needing assistance while in the Smith Center for an event should contact the nearest supervisor or the relocation attendant at Gate B.

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