UNC partners with the Town of Chapel Hill to create a championship celebration with the goal of having a fun and safe locally hosted and attended event. With this in mind, many roadways and parking lots on Campus and in Town will be restricted. UNC north campus parking lots will be controlled and require a weekday parking permit for entry. The Town will monitor and divert traffic to minimize the impact in surrounding neighborhoods.

NCAA Champions Celebration

Smith Center Championship Game Viewing

UNC Athletics will host a Championship Viewing event at the Dean E. Smith Center on Monday, April 3, 2017. Doors to the Smith Center will open at 7:30 p.m. for students, staff and faculty with UNC One Cards and 8:00 p.m. to the general public. Concessions and UNC merchandise will be available for purchase. Admission to the Smith Center is free. Parking for the event will be available at the following locations for $5.

Public Parking is available in the following lots after 5:30 p.m.:

  • Manning Lot
  • Bowles Lot
  • Business School Deck
  • Craige Deck

Disability Parking is available at Williamson Lot (shuttle to “A” Doors Provided).

Campus Parking

Check signs at lot entrances and follow traffic control/monitor directions. Parking lots on campus may be restricted or closed to facilitate safety and event operations. Vehicles parking in restricted areas without a permit or vehicles parked in closed areas may be ticketed and towed. Owners of towed vehicles must come to the Public Safety Building at 285 Manning Drive to have vehicles released from impoundment. Payment required for citation, tow, and any outstanding balances owed to UNC Transportation & Parking before the vehicle will be released. Citation and towing payment policies and online payment processing are available at the Transportation and Parking website.

Parking Restrictions

Parking is restricted in various north and central campus lots throughout Monday evening and into the wee hours of the morning Tuesday. UNC weekday permits will be required and honored during restricted hours in the following lots:

  • Cobb Deck (ND, or by Theatre List)
  • School of Government Deck (KSD)
  • Park Place, Forest Theatre and Boundary Street (N5)
  • Battle Lane (A)
  • Raleigh Street Meters (No Parking)
  • Emerson Drive, Davis (Lenoir) Drive, and Old East Lot (N3)
  • Bynum, Steele Lots (NG3)
  • Nash Lot (N7 or Valid UNC ID or other valid UNC Permit)
  • McCauley Deck (MD)
  • Hibbard Drive, Branson Street, Bernard Street, S12 Mason Farm, Branson Street Overflow (S12)
  • Fraternity Court (FC- no entry / exit by permit holders after Town Streets close)
  • Public Safety Lot (S1)
  • Crescent Lot (Campus Health Permit Only)

Parking Lot Closures

Parking is prohibited in identified lots after 6 p.m. on Monday based on road closures or event operation needs:

Safety and emergency management require all vehicles be moved by designated time (vehicles will be towed at owner expense).

  • Swain Lot (NG1)
  • Porthole & Utility, Morehead Lots (N2)
  • Coates Lot (N9)

Street Closures

Access to the UNC campus and downtown/surrounding neighborhoods is restricted and traffic will be diverted at several key locations. Traffic modifications may begin as early at 6 p.m. on Monday.

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.


Local and Regional transit services may be altered to accommodate road closures. It is important that all riders adhere to rules and policies associated with riding campus and local transit services safely. See links to potential route modifications:

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