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Carmichael Auditorium
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Carmichael Auditorium in 2006, before renovation
Full name William Donald Carmichael, Jr. Auditorium
Location 310 South Rd, Chapel Hill, NC 27599, USA
Opened December 4, 1965
Renovated 1998, 2008-2009
Expanded 1976
Owner University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Operator University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Construction cost $36.4 million (2008-09 renovation)[1]
Architect Corley Redfoot Zack (2008-09 renovation)
Capacity 8,010
North Carolina Tar Heels (NCAA)
Men: 1965-1986, 2010 postseason
Women: 1975-2008, 2009-

Coordinates: 35°54.57155′N 79°2.72447′W / 35.90952583°N 79.04540783°W / 35.90952583; -79.04540783

William D. Carmichael, Jr. Auditorium is a 8,010-seat multi-purpose arena in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. The arena opened in 1965. It is home to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Tar Heels women's basketball team. Before the Dean Smith Center opened in 1986, it also housed the men's team, which had a record of 169-20 (.894) in just over 20 seasons there. It was named for William Donald Carmichael, Jr., a popular former school vice-president and brother of All-America basketball player Cartwright Carmichael.

At the time it was built, the state refused to fund a completely new arena. As a result, Carmichael was built as an annex to Woollen Gymnasium, built in 1937 as the former home of the basketball team. It shares the older facility's western wall. It originally seated just over 8,000 people, but expansions over the years brought its final capacity to 10,000 by the time the men left for the Smith Center. It has since been reduced to roughly its original capacity.

Carmichael was known as one of the loudest arenas in the country while the Tar Heel men played there, largely because of a low roof and a student section that ringed the court. During a 1982 game against the Virginia Cavaliers, it was in fact so loud that the Virginia players could not even hear their own names being announced prior to the start of the game.[2] A new floor was installed in 1998, after a roof fire that February during renovations. The arena was completely remodeled beginning spring 2008, and the women's team joined the men in the Smith Center until completion in December 2009.

The Tar Heel men will play their home games in the 2010 National Invitation Tournament at Carmichael due to renovations taking place at the Smith Center. On March 15, 2010, they will face William and Mary in their first official game at Carmichael in 24 years.


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