Dean E. Smith Center


Carolina basketball plays its home games at the Dean E. Smith Center, affectionately called the “Dean Dome” for the beloved former coach. 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. The 300,000-square-foot structure stands on seven and one-half acres on the southern end of UNC’s campus. The Smith Center’s four video screens and ribbon boards provide replays, stats and information, previews of upcoming games and highlights of past games. In 2001, a special standing-room-only section reserved for students opened on the baseline closest to the Carolina bench. As a multipurpose facility, the Smith Center has played host to a wide range of athletic events and concerts.