Carolina will celebrate the life of Dean Smith during a public memorial service at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 22, in the Smith Center. The public, fans and all who cared about the coach are invited to attend.
Seating will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Smith Center doors will open at 1 p.m. The program will feature remarks from several of Smith’s lettermen, close friends and coaching colleagues. There also will be video tributes, special performances by Carolina musical groups and the UNC Band. Attendees are asked to come prepared for a program that should last approximately two hours. Individuals are allowed to bring sealed bottled water into the arena.
For those who prefer to tune in from home, the service will be carried live on goheels.com, ESPN3 and on UNC’s YouTube channel. It also may be seen and heard on many television and radio affiliates across the state.
Attendees are encouraged to use designated free park and ride shuttles from the Friday Center. The shuttles will begin running at 12:30 p.m. and will continue until service attendees depart the Smith Center (approximately 4:30 p.m.).
Public parking on campus will be available in the Craige deck, the Jackson Circle deck, the Bell Tower deck and the Cardinal deck. Disability parking will be in the Ambulatory Care Center with shuttle service to the Smith Center. Shuttles from the ACC lot and Cardinal deck will begin at 12:30 p.m. and continue until approximately 4:30 p.m. Those who drive to campus should expect a traffic pattern similar to that used for men’s home basketball games.
“We are comforted by the countless gestures and words from people near and far offering their condolences,” the Smith family said in a statement issued Feb. 9. “Although we are unable to respond to each individual, we deeply appreciate everyone reaching out to share how Coach Smith touched their lives. We will continue to celebrate his life and remember him, today and forever.”
The family has said that in lieu of flowers, individuals should feel free to make a memorial contribution to: