We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Dean E. Smith Center

Closed Now: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Open today: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Review Highlights
Nice, wide aisles

My son and I traveled her for the first time to see our team visiting. Go early to avoid traffic... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Russell W
New Bern, North Carolina
Tradition to die for...

Very good seating and super exciting stadium especially playing arch rival Duke. If you are lucky... read more

Reviewed August 26, 2018
richard s
Bradenton, Florida
Read all 123 reviews
All photos (29)
Full view
Certificate of Excellence
Traveller Overview
  • Excellent79%
  • Very good14%
  • Average6%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
Travellers talk about
“dean dome”(29 reviews)
“smith center”(19 reviews)
Closed Now
Hours Today: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
See all hours
Local Weather
Powered by Weather Underground
300 Skipper Bowles Dr, Chapel Hill, NC
+1 919-962-2296
Reviews (123)
Filter reviews
122 results
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Show reviews that mention
All reviews dean dome smith center college basketball carolina blue great game concourse level bucket list high tech lots of fun rafters arena banner games fan tickets seats play
Updating list...
1 - 10 of 122 reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My son and I traveled her for the first time to see our team visiting. Go early to avoid traffic. If we go again, we'll plan on leaving an hour earlier that we did. Plenty of parking, but no numbers/colors to help you remember where...More

Thank Russell W
Reviewed August 26, 2018

Very good seating and super exciting stadium especially playing arch rival Duke. If you are lucky enough to have tickets go and enjoy!

Thank richard s
Reviewed June 19, 2018

Parking was easy , we had to walk a distance up to the center. The grounds were so clean, employees helpful

Thank Lisafromnc
Reviewed June 18, 2018

A spectacular arena with all the ghosts of previous champions. There are so many banners commemorating championships that I feared the roof would fall in. There is not a bad seat in the house- a true basketball arena.

Thank 596thomaso
Reviewed May 28, 2018

Dean E. Smith is a beautiful and huge basketball stadium, that is also used for concerts and the graduation ceremony of the business school of University of North Carolina, Kenan Flagler. There are jerseys of many famous players that hang from the ceiling, chiefly o...More

Thank Ronak S
Reviewed May 6, 2018

The massive Smith Center is a great place for an arena concert, although traffic and parking can be an issue so allow plenty of time. The sound is great!

Thank gatortunor
Reviewed March 29, 2018

I have lost count of how many unc games I have been to. I love the Dean E. Smith Center, The food selection is great, and there is also access to good bathrooms. The atmosphere is always good.

Thank jacobyreviewsforyou
Reviewed February 28, 2018 via mobile

One of the best games i ever been. Amazing atmosphere. So much history inside this building. Wow! Bucket list place

Thank Samuel D
Reviewed January 22, 2018

Great atmosphere as every(and hot!). Food choice and way they served it was much improved. Though I agree we must limit what people bring in, my wife having to pour out the contents of her small clutch bag into a clear plastic bag seemed a...More

Thank EDDY-H
Reviewed January 18, 2018 via mobile

I took my wife down for her christmas present. She had a great time. The atmosphere is great and the place a lot of basketball history. We watched Carolina play Clemson. Great game.

Thank barnett202
View more reviews
Nearby HotelsSee all 18 nearby hotels
The Carolina Inn
1,628 reviews
1.49 km away
The Franklin
743 reviews
1.97 km away
Aloft Chapel Hill
498 reviews
2.05 km away
AC Hotel Chapel Hill Downtown
53 reviews
2.05 km away
Nearby RestaurantsSee all 320 nearby restaurants
Merritt's Grill
471 reviews
1.37 km away
Crossroads Chapel Hill
264 reviews
1.55 km away
Top of the Hill Restaurant & Brewery
748 reviews
1.86 km away
Sutton's Drug Store
95 reviews
1.86 km away
Nearby AttractionsSee all 75 nearby attractions
The Carolina Basketball Museum
168 reviews
.15 km away
North Carolina Botanical Garden
256 reviews
1.20 km away
Coker Arboretum
60 reviews
1.58 km away
Questions & Answers
Ask a question
Kaitlyn B
April 9, 2017|
AnswerShow all 5 answers
Response from elandja | Reviewed this property |
Yes you just need to check hours and such before going. Make sure to take in the UNC Basketball Museum too.