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Basketball command center bookBasketball isn’t just a sport, it’s a tradition at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Its rivalry is rooted deep in family trees; a familiar camaraderie between its players and fans simply by the colors they wear.

It’s also a source of pride for those who have sworn to serve and protect.

Much like the sport itself, security measures during Carolina home games mirror the meticulous preparation and training undergone by the team. UNC Police treats the last game of the season the same as the first, with planning, coordination and readiness to navigate any situation.

Behind the Scenes Time Breakdown

5 p.m. – The Brief

As the daily activities on campus wind down, UNC Police is preparing for the next shift.

Traffic Cameras

5:30 p.m. – Gates Open

Officers are already stationed at their assigned posts when the gates officially open. Terry, along with representatives from Athletics and Emergency Medical Services, are stationed in the Command Center outside Gate A.

Carolina Ready mobile command center

7 p.m. – Game Starts

Once the game starts, officers enter the arena to oversee activities in the concourse areas and the stands.

Officer waves at baby

9 p.m. – Game over

On this particular night, UNC-Chapel Hill secured a victory over Notre Dame with a final score of 84-51. The win was a good boost for the team as they geared up for the season finale. And while it may not have been a game like those against rival Duke, the security measures were.

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