Dean Smith Center is one of the larger college basketball stadiums in the NCAA. With nearly 22,000 seats, it holds as many Tar Heel fans as most NBA stadiums.
There are two levels of seating, and all seats are chairbacks.
The best seats at Dean Smith Center are located along the sideline in the 100 level. Views from 107-110 and 124-127 are hard to beat.
In the 200 level, we recommend seats in Rows A-D. These extra-small sections create a less crowded experience with easy in and out access. Also, the elevation provides great views of the entire court.
Other Seating Notes
Student seating can be found in sections 107, 117, 211, 211A, and 212. For some games sections, 205-210 will be included as well.
Student sections can vary by game.
Located behind the baskets, the lower level baseline sections provide a similar view to the corners and sidelines on the 100 level. All seats on the 100 level have padded seats, which is a big difference compared to the hard seats on the 200 level.
There's really not a bad seat in the Dean Smith Center, but we prefer to sit closer to the sidelines as opposed to behind the basket. If you find similarly priced tickets in the corner or sideline sections, we recommend treating yourself to that view instead.
Located in between the sideline and baseline sections, the lower level corners provide a unique perspective of a North Carolina basketball game. All lower level seats are very close to the action, and the corner sections are no exception. Some attendees might prefer a sideline view, but corner seats are nearly just as good.
Note that section 104 is located right next to the band, so that may be a section to avoid. Otherwise, we recommend all lower level corner locations at Dean Smith Center.
Lower level sideline sections provide the best possible view of a North Carolina Tar Heels game. These are some of the most popular sections, and include an entire row of courtside seats opposite the benches.
If you're a UNC fan looking to treat yourself to the best tickets in the house, lower level sideline seats are definitely worth it for the best view and close perspective of the game. You really can't beat sitting near the middle of the court in comfortable seats. Every seat on the 100 level has cushions, while the 200 level seats don't.
With a baseline view of the court, these sections are located directly behind each basket. Although they still provide a nice view of the game, these seats feel less ideal than the corners or sidelines on the same level.
One advantage of these sections is that they may be less crowded than others, as most fans will sit closer to the sidelines if available. Note that all seats in the 200 level have no padding, and seats on the lower level are more comfortable.
One of the best values at Dean Smith Center is definitely the upper level corner sections. Coming in at a low price point, these seats provide a mostly unobstructed view of the game since you're not sitting directly behind the basket.
With several sections to choose from, if you're looking for some cheap seats at a UNC game, take a look in the upper level corners first. Note that the very top few rows will be behind the scoreboard, and you will not be able to see the scoreboards in the arena. However, for big games, there will be TVs showing the stadium feed directly in front of you.
The middle to lower rows of the upper level corner are some of our favorite seats at Dean Smith Center, as they are affordable and provide a great view of the game.
With an elevated, centered view of the court, the upper level sideline sections are some of our favorite locations in the stadium. Although it's a massive arena, the Dean Smith Center feels like a much smaller venue, and even in the last rows of the upper level, you'll have a nice perspective of the game.
Upper level sideline sections are not only affordable, but provide some of the best views of out of any location. Sitting near the middle is a considerable upgrade from anywhere else. Note that the seats in the 200 level are less comfortable than the 100 level, as they have no padding.
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Yes, every section at the Dean Smith Center has chairback seating.