Watch The Games At The Smith Center

CHAPEL HILL -- Area fans are invited to cheer together for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill men's basketball team Saturday (April 2), viewing the NCAA semifinals broadcast from the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis on the Tar Heels' home court, the Dean E. Smith Center.

The UNC Department of Athletics, Division of Student Affairs and the Rams Club will sponsor a 15-by-20-foot screen and open 15,000 seats in the Smith Center for free viewing of Final Four festivities.

Carolina students, faculty and staff with university I.D.s will be admitted first, at 5 p.m. Saturday. Doors will open to everyone else at 5:30 p.m. Saturday's first semifinal, matching Illinois and Louisville, begins at 6:07 p.m. Carolina will play Michigan State in the second game, set to tip 40 minutes after the conclusion of the first game.

Please enter at Entrance A. Once inside the Smith Center, fans are encouraged to remain, as there will not be reentry for anyone leaving the building.

Alcohol is not sold at the Smith Center, nor may patrons bring alcoholic beverages with them to the arena. Other prohibited items include: backpacks, duffel bags, backpack-style or otherwise large purses, computer cases, bottles, food, thermoses, coolers, drugs, chains, fireworks, explosives, weapons, knives (of any size), noise makers, signs, flags, banners, laser pointers, video equipment and any other items deemed inappropriate by personnel.

Should the Heels advance to the national championship game at 9:18 p.m. Monday, big-screen viewing at the Smith Center will again be offered. Students, faculty and staff with university I.D.s will be admitted at 8 p.m. and everyone else at 8:30 p.m.

"This event will allow everyone to celebrate together in the tradition of spirit and pride that makes the Carolina community so special," said Dr. Peggy Jablonski, vice chancellor for student affairs.

Concessions will be sold. Free parking will be available at the Smith Center off Bowles Drive and in the nearby Kenan-Flagler Business School deck.

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