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William D. Carmichael, Jr. Auditorium is a 8,010-seat multi-purpose arena in Chapel Hill, North Carolinamarker. The arena opened in 1965. It is home to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hillmarker Tar Heels women's basketball team. Before the Dean Smith Centermarker 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 Gymnasiummarker, 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 just over 8,000.

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. A new floor was installed in 1998, after a roof fire that February during renovations. The arena will be completely remodeled beginning spring 2008, and the women's team will join the men in the Smith Center until completion in 2009.

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