UNC's Smith Center Receiving Offseason Improvements

The $4.2 million renovation is currently underway.

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – The North Carolina men’s basketball team will open the 2016-17 season with a renovated locker room suite at the Dean E. Smith Center.

The $4.2 million project will include a separate locker room for players, coaches, and staff, new shower facilities and an updated players’ lounge. Other additions include a nutrition station, therapy areas, a media room and team meeting space.

Construction is “well underway,” according to Mike Bunting, UNC’s assistant athletic director for facility planning and management. The renovation is expected to be completed by the start of basketball practice on Sept. 30.

UNC submitted a proposal for the non-appropriated capital improvements project to the Board of Governors’ budget and finance committee in January. The renovation, which is being funded by UNC’s Educational Foundation, was approved at the Board of Governors meeting in March.

UNC announced in December 2013 it had engaged 360 Architecture, a firm out of Kansas City, about preliminary talks to either renovate the 30-year-old Smith Center or build a new arena nearby. Those plans remain on hold, according to athletics spokesman Steve Kirschner.

The athletic department is currently in the planning phase of a massive renovation to Fetzer Field and surrounding areas that will coincide with a new indoor football practice facility in the heart of campus. UNC’s proposal submissions to the Board of Governors estimate the project's total cost in the $70 million range. The indoor football practice facility and Fetzer Field renovation have a target completion date of September 2018. 

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