Woollen Gymnasium

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Woollen Gymnasium
Woolen Gym.jpg
LocationSouth Road, Chapel Hill, N.C., United States [1]
OwnerUniversity of North Carolina at Chapel Hill [1]
OperatorUniversity of North Carolina at Chapel Hill [1]
Capacity6,000 (1952) [2]
Broke ground1936 [1]
Opened1937 [1][5]
Renovated2004,[3] 2010
Expanded1942 [4]
Construction cost$646,000
(including swimming pool) [5]
ArchitectAtwood and Weeks [5]
Main contractorsJ. A. Jones Construction Company [5]
North Carolina Tar Heels (NCAA)
1938-1965 [3][6][7]

Coordinates: 35°54′33.65″N 79°2′45.13″W / 35.9093472°N 79.0458694°W / 35.9093472; -79.0458694

Woollen Gymnasium was the home of the University of North Carolina's physical education classes from 1937, and the North Carolina Tar Heels men's basketball team from early 1938.[3][6] The Gymnasium was named after Charles T. Woollen, Class of 1905.[3][8] The gymnasium replaced the nearby arena colloquially known as the Tin Can. The Woollen Gymnasium was the home court of Tar Heel basketball until 1965, when Carmichael Auditorium was completed as an annex to Woollen, sharing the Gymnasium's eastern wall.[3][7] North Carolina won its first NCAA basketball title in 1957 while playing at Woollen.[3][9]

The Gymnasium is still in use today, hosting classes and intramural events,[1] as well as providing room for the Roy Williams Basketball Camp in the summer.[citation needed] The old section numbers and ticket windows are still visible.[citation needed]


  1. ^ a b c d e f UNC EIS, Main incl. Stats.
  2. ^ Turbyville, pp. 184.
  3. ^ a b c d e f UNC NS.
  4. ^ UNC EIS, Alias & Notes 1942.
  5. ^ a b c d UNC EIS, Alias & Notes 1937 - Woollen Gym.
  6. ^ a b Powell, pp. 28.
  7. ^ a b Powell, pp. 64.
  8. ^ UNC EIS, Alias & Notes 1937 - Woollen Bio.
  9. ^ Powell, pp. 45-60.


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  • "Renovated Woollen Gym opens Oct. 6 with greats who played there participating" (Press release). UNC News Services. 2004-09-28. Retrieved 2008-09-06.
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