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Dean E. Smith Center, Chapel Hill

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4.5/5 based on 85+ reviews on the web
The Dean E. Smith Student Activities Center (usually called simply the Dean Smith Center and popularly referred to as the Dean Dome) is a multi-purpose arena in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. The arena is home to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Tar Heels men's basketball team, and temporary home to the women's team during renovations to Carmichael Auditorium. The arena opened in 1986.The arena is named after former North Carolina men's basketball coach Dean Smith, who coached the team from 1961 to 1997. Smith coached the last 11.5 years of his career in the arena, making him one of the few college coaches in any sport to coach in an arena or stadium that is named for him.General informationBy the early 1980s, there was a consensus that the Tar Heels needed a larger arena than the 10,180-seat Carmichael Auditorium. According to David Halberstam's biography of Michael Jordan, Smith did not want the arena named after him, but was persuaded by the UNC administration and the arena's backers that fundraising efforts for the facility could fail if they did not use his name. The first game at the new arena featured the #1 Tar Heels against the #3 Duke Blue Devils on January 18, 1986. Mark Alarie of Duke scored the first basket, but Warren Martin soon followed with the first Tar Heel basket in the new arena, Kenny Smith was credited with the assist. North Carolina ended up defeating Duke 95–92.
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  • Went to the "Dean Dome" for the first time to see Carolina play my beloved Pittsburgh Panthers in men's bball. First off, I've never seen so much Carolina Blue in one place. There were probably only a...  read more »
  • It's great watching the games and you will certainly enjoy all the excitement of the game - the fans are dedicated and love the players...... 
  • I'm a huge sports fan who has been to more arenas than I care to remember. This is simply the best place to see a basketball game! The fans are friendly and knowledgable, and their enthusiasm is conta...  read more »
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  • We lost ncaa champion to Villanova but i stiil love Carolina tarheels we had a great season
  • TAR! HEELS! TAR! HEELS! I'm from Colorado and visited this place for my first ever UNC game and I was NOT disappointed! What a fabulous venue to watch one of college basketball's greatest programs!
  • Old school basketball arena where the focus is on basketball. I don't think there is a better place to watch a game for its size anywhere.
  • Not a bad seat in the house. Go Heels!
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