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Dean E. Smith Center

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Address: 300 Skipper Bowles Dr, Chapel Hill, NC
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+1 919-962-2296
08:00 - 17:00
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Mon - Fri 08:00 - 17:00

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Carolina Basketball Arena

The Smith Center opened while I was in school at UNC, I know, shows my age. The Smith Center is still a good place to watch basketball, but it has been surpassed in terms of the... read more

Reviewed 24 March 2017
Raleigh, North Carolina
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Raleigh, North Carolina
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20 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 March 2017

The Smith Center opened while I was in school at UNC, I know, shows my age. The Smith Center is still a good place to watch basketball, but it has been surpassed in terms of the fan/spectator experience by newer arenas. The PNC Arena in Raleigh is much superior in terms of fan comfort and ease of movement because the... More 

Thank NCBuff
Dover, Delaware
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150 reviews
57 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 March 2017

It's hard to believe how old this facility is. It still feels new to me. This is one of those places that provides a unique college basketball experience. Go early to see warmups and enjoy the atmosphere. Go Heels!

Thank TNorla
Granite Falls, North Carolina
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21 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 March 2017

Have been to ballgames. Carolina and Duke game March 4 was the best game ever. This is the best place ever. Very electricifing atmosphere. Great memories and wins. Fans and players are very nice and can't wait to return.

Thank garywE2734XY
Chattanooga, Tennessee
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384 reviews
56 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 February 2017

Since my son & I are UNC grads & real basketball fans I journey to Durham/Chapel Hill once a year for one ACC game. It is an exciting place to be...very supportive fans...the place rocks...all seats good except in the higher seats...am experience you do not want to miss if you love college basketball.

Thank hcohn31
Apex, North Carolina
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335 reviews
112 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 February 2017

Love this arena and love the Tarheels. Seating is really great all around and the energy of the students and the crowd is amazing. Attended recently with my nephew-- a huge Carolina fan as am I, my brother -- a sports fan -- and my sister-in-law who is not a sports person, doesn't know a thing about basketball and still... More 

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Lansdale, Pennsylvania
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81 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 February 2017

I couldn't be more like a kid in a candy store. 44 yr old lifelong tarheels fan from Pennsylvania made this roadtrip to see tarheels play UVA on Feb 18. ESPN college game day.... what an awesome time. I've never seen a place more hyped up about their team. Needless to say it did not disappoint seeing our boys beat... More 

Thank R M
Clemmons, North Carolina, USA
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113 reviews
47 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 February 2017 via mobile

There is nothing like Carolina basketball and no place better to watch it than in the Dean Dome! Go Heels!

Thank MusingsOnTravel
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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4 reviews
Reviewed 19 January 2017

Not a bad seat in the house, except maybe up in the top row around the arena. As an usher for the games, I've never had a complaint from a fan. When there's a full house, which is mostly, the noise level can be intimidating - especially for the visiting team.

Thank heymanj
Kansas City, Missouri
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30 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 January 2017

We happen to be in the area for another basketball game and North Carolina happened to be playing the same day I'm not a Tar Heel fan but found the atmosphere enthralling. This Arena mimics NBA like atmospheres. If your a college basketball fan you're doing yourself a disservice by not taking in a game here. One to remember. The... More 

Thank j c
Roanoke, Virginia, USA
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14 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 29 December 2016 via mobile

Saw a basketball game here. Great arena and area. Super exciting even for someone that isn't a "fan"

Thank pita231

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