For the last 4 or 5 seasons, we've purchased Carolina basketball tickets. We pretty much go to every single home game, with the exception of maybe 1 game a season, so we've been to a lot of basketball games at the Smith Center.
This year we've experienced two firsts:
(1) At little background: the seats on the second level at the Smith Center are very close together. Very. Think being on an airplane with 21,000 of your closest friends. If you bring any stuff into the game with you, there is nowhere to put it except to hold it in your lap or shove it under your seat. For that reason we pretty much bring nothing in with us except a jacket or sweatshirt during cold weather. Even with just a jacket, who wants to put that on a grody arena floor? Not me! We learned from watching other people to bring in an empty trashbag to put your stuff in before putting it on the floor.
This season we learned the real purpose of the garbage bag when the jerks behind us spilled two drinks and never bothered to even let us know. The garbage bag was covered in sticky soda but our stuff inside was clean and dry. Lesson learned!
(2) For the most part, Carolina basketball games are very well attended, no matter who the opponent is. BD and I always joke that even if no one else shows up, the people on our row are always there. It is always crowded up there.
Last week we encountered the perfect storm of cold, crappy weather + early weeknight game + no-name opponent, which equaled that we had our entire row of seats to ourselves. It was glorious! We didn't get elbowed or stepped on or jostled all night. There is definitely something to be said about the experience of the electric excitement of an arena filled to capacity with screaming fans, but there's also something to be said for not having to share personal space with a stranger for 2 hours either!
I have photographic evidence because it will probably never happen again.