CHAPEL HILL—Late Night With Roy, the 14th annual ceremonial season tipoff for Carolina Basketball, will be the first opportunity to see the defending Atlantic Coast Conference champions start their 2016-17 season in style.
The Tar Heels will welcome fans into the Smith Center on Friday October 14 as the team looks ahead to another promising campaign after last year's Final Four run.
Doors will open at 6 p.m. Women's basketball team introductions will begin at 6:45, and the men's basketball introductions will start at 7:30. Admission is free.
Late Night 2016 will be streamed live by ACC Network Extra.
Former Tar Heel Jesse Holley will host Late Night 2016. Holley played basketball during Roy Williams' first two seasons as the UNC head coach in 2003-04 and 2004-05, winning an NCAA title in 2005. Holley also was a star wide receiver with the Carolina football team from 2003-06 who eventually played three seasons with the Dallas Cowboys. He earned a training camp spot with the Cowboys after winning the Spike TV "Fourth and Long" reallity show that aired in 2009. Holley currently works as a sports radio personality at 105.3 The Fan radio in the Dallas area.
Carolina returns 10 players, including three starters, from the squad that won the ACC regular season and tournament championships before advancing to the NCAA championship game at the Final Four in Houston. Point guard Joel Berry II, wing Justin Jackson, forward Kennedy Meeks and 2016 ACC Sixth Man of the Year Isaiah Hicks headline the UNC returners.
This year, Late Night will feature an evening-long competition between the Blue and White teams (rosters to be announced). All elements during Late Night will be scored, and a Late Night champion will be determined following the annual Blue-White scrimmage that closes the night. The Blue/White clashes will include shooting competitions and a three-point shootout.
The Carolina Dance team will perform with the Tar Heels, as it does each season. A new wrinkle this year is that the Blue and White team dances will be scored as part of the overall team competition.
Late Night also welcomes the Carolina women’s basketball team, which will introduce its twelve-player 2016-17 squad at the event. In addition to a dance performed with Carolina’s Misconception Hip Hop Dance Company, the Tar Heels will compete in a brief scrimmage.
Public parking will be available for $10 in the Rams Head Deck (limited parking beginning at 3:30 p.m.), the Craige Deck (begining at 4:30 p.m.) and the Jackson Deck (beginning at 4:30 p.m.).
Due to an emergency construction project on Bowles Drive, there will only be two lanes of traffic available for permit holders only. Parking in the Bowles Lot and Business School deck will be limited to disability permits, placards and plates only ($10) – there will no general public parking down the hill on Bowles Drive from the stoplight at Manning Drive.
TAR HEEL EXPRESS SHUTTLES
Tar Heel Express shuttle bus service will operate from the Friday Center beginning at 6 p.m. for a $5 fare (round-trip).
Join the UNC Employee Forum’s campus-wide food drive to fight hunger in N.C. in conjunction with Tar Heel Day of Service. Drop donations in bins at Late Night with Roy. Donations will benefit Harris Teeter’s Million Meals Challenge, a competition between UNC, Duke, North Carolina State and Wake Forest to raise the most food throughout the 2016-17 athletic season.
Late Night with Roy 2016 is presented by Butterball. The first 1,000 fans in the Smith Center will receive a free rally towel from Butterball.
The first 250 fans who donate two or more canned food items will receive a $5 gift card from Harris Teeter.
The first fan in line for Late Night will win free coffee for a year from Dunkin Donuts. Delta Airlines will distribute 1,000 rally towels to fans and 300 t-shirts to Carolina Fever members, as well as conducting a t-shirt toss and giving away a $500 gift card during the night.