NCAA Champions Celebration
Welcome Home Celebration
UNC will host a “Welcome Home NCAA Champions” celebration at the Dean E. Smith Center on Tuesday, April 4, 2017. Doors to the Smith Center will open at 5 p.m. Concessions and UNC merchandise will be available for purchase. Admission to the Smith Center is free. Visit GoHeels.com for celebration details.
Parking on campus is limited prior to 5:30 p.m. due to normal weekday operations. Fans are encouraged to carpool, ride Chapel Hill Transit Fare Fee buses or use the free Celebration Express Shuttles, walk or bike. Limited free parking will be available in the following locations:
- Manning Lot
- Bowles Lot
- Business School Deck
- Craige Deck
- Jackson Deck
- Cardinal Deck
- Hibbard Drive
Disability Parking will be available in the Williamson Lot, with a shuttle providing transport to the “A Doors” of the Smith Center.
Celebration Express Shuttles
Carolina Livery will operate free shuttle service from two parking lots off Highway 54 and Friday Center Drive beginning at 5 p.m. (map). Shuttles will drop-off directly in front of the Dean E. Smith Center until approximately 10 minutes after the start of the “Welcome Home Ceremony.” Return service to the two designated Park and Ride locations will commence approximately 30 minutes after the start of the ceremony. Shuttle service from the Smith Center to the Park and Ride Lot will discontinue approximately 30 minutes after the end of the ceremony.
- Friday Center Park and Ride Lot
- Highway 54 Park and Ride Lot
Campus Weekday Transit
Local and Regional transit services will operate as normal on Tuesday, with the exception of a brief route reversal along Bowles Drive. Because parking is limited on campus prior to 5:30 p.m., local transit may service as a viable option to parking on campus or riding the special celebration shuttles. See the various transit service links for route information:
- Chapel Hill Transit / Safe Ride Route (Chapel Hill Transit will not be servicing Skipper Bowles bus stops after 4:00p.m. on Tuesday, April 4, 2017)
- Robertson Scholar Express (RSX)
Traffic along Fordham Boulevard, Columbia Street and Manning Drive is generally heavy between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. due to normal weekday end of workday travel. Traffic on Tuesday is expected to be heavier than normal due to additional celebration traffic. For this reason, fans are encouraged to carpool, or use alternate travel methods to limit the additional traffic. Advance planning and patience is appreciated to help Traffic Control Officers and Police Officers move traffic as expediently and safely as possible.
Taxi Service Drop-Off and Pick-Up
Taxi services including Uber and Lyft may drop and pick-up passengers along Blythe Drive by accessing it from Bowles Drive and exiting onto Hibbard Drive. Other areas of campus have restricted traffic and road access and taxi services are not allowed.