Chapel Hill Prepares for Basketball Showdown this Saturday
Photo by Jon Gardiner - UNC
The Town of Chapel Hill is preparing for one of the biggest matchups in the history of UNC-Chapel Hill/Duke men’s basketball when the No. 4 Blue Devils come to the Dean E. Smith Center to face the No. 3 Tar Heels. The game starts at 6 p.m. Saturday, March 9.
Traffic will be heavier throughout the day with ESPN’s College GameDay in town and a large crowd expected to attend the game (whether in the Smith Center or downtown establishments). Plan accordingly, and give yourself more time to travel to and through Chapel Hill.
Game Day Parking
Looking for parking? Visit parkonthehill.com. And, don’t waste time standing in line at the meter. Download the ParkMobile app (in iTunes and the Google Play store) to pay from your phone.
Chapel Hill Transit
Chapel Hill Transit plans to operate regular service on Saturday, March 9, 2019. There should be no significant impacts on Saturday service due to the Carolina versus Duke Basketball game. Pending a victory celebration on Franklin Street following the basketball game, customers using the Giles Horney Lot on Airport Drive and Coffee Shop drop off locations should expect Tar Heel Express shuttles to be re-routed to avoid anticipated heavy pedestrian and vehicular traffic on Franklin Street and may experience some delays. If Franklin Street is closed the Coffee Shop stop will be moved to East Rosemary at the Wallace Parking Deck.
Safe Rides will operate on a regular schedule.
Customers using Tar Heel Express shuttles are encouraged to arrive early. Shuttles will begin at 4:30 p.m. For information about Tar Heel Express shuttles, visit townofchapelhill.org/Home/Components/News/News/14283/22.
Chapel Hill is known nationally for its spontaneous large crowd gatherings on Franklin Street in celebration of Tar Heel victories. The Town takes steps to ensure celebrants remain as safe as possible, and we need your help.
Bonfires and fireworks are illegal on Franklin Street and are also extremely dangerous. The Fire Department and Orange County Emergency Services has responded to severe injuries in the past due to fires. Fireworks that become aerial or explode are illegal in North Carolina and are extremely dangerous in large crowds like these.
We’re asking you to start a new tradition this year: be the first class of UNC-Chapel Hill to say no to bonfires and fireworks in celebration of a victory.
Other prohibited items include weapons, alcoholic beverages, and masks.