Plans are in place for North Carolina basketball to have a renovated home at some point, but those plans are on hold, according to a report from InsideCarolina on Wednesday.
The report indicated that the plans could be on hold for several years, according to athletic director Bubba Cunningham.
“We’re kind of letting that sit,” Cunningham told Inside Carolina. “Part of the impetus of contacting them and getting some thoughts was, ‘Could we create some premium seating in the Smith Center just like we did in football?’ It would generate more revenue, it would allow us to retire the debt on that project, and it would fund some of the other sports.
“But given the NCAA issue that we had going on, there just didn’t seem to be an appetite to do that. So we put that on the back burner and just went full-speed ahead with the Olympic sport project.”
North Carolina took initial steps toward an updated version of the Smith Center or a potential new arena in 2013 and 2014.
InsideCarolina reported the school currently is undergoing a handful of renovations to other facilities, leaving the situation with the Smith Center unlikely to be revisited in the new few years.