UNC fans wait outside Chapel Hill restaurants days before Final Four game, prepare for big send-off

30 March 2022

— The historic Final Four showdown featuring UNC and Duke is only days away. As the Tar Heels leave for New Orleans Wednesday night, fans at home are trying to lock in a spot to watch Saturday’s game.

At 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Sup Dogs, a popular restaurant in Chapel Hill, will start taking table reservations in-person. Fans lined up outside the Franklin Street eatery as early as 3 p.m. Tuesday and camped out overnight to claim their seat. The small restaurant only has 25 tables and is selling tickets to eat-in Saturday night during the game at $30 a chair.

Another UNC fan favorite, Top of the Hill, has already sold out for Saturday night.

Back on campus, the team is getting ready for a big send-off Wednesday afternoon. When the players board buses at the Dean Smith Center at 4:45 p.m., fans will be invited to line up on either side of Letterman’s Lane as the team heads for buses parked on Skipper Bowles Drive.

Parking will be free after 4 p.m. Wednesday in the lots surrounding the Smith Center.

The Tar Heels’ flight is scheduled to arrive in New Orleans Wednesday night, and WRAL will be there for their arrival.

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is inviting fans to cheer on the men’s basketball team as they head to New Orleans for the Final Four. The Tar Heels will leave around 4:45 p.m. Wednesday from the Smith Center.

UNC will also host a watch party for both of the men’s basketball semifinal games at the Smith Center on Saturday night. Villanova University will take on Kansas University at 6:09 p.m. Then, about 40 minutes after that game, Duke and UNC will go head to head. It will mark the first time the two storied programs have played each other in the NCAA Tournament.

Entry A will be open for students, faculty and staff at 5:30 p.m. Saturday while the general public can go through Entry A starting at 5:45 p.m.

Hubert Davis speaks with reports on Tuesday, March 29, 2022.

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