Named in honor of the university’s first president, Dr. Walter D. Smith, the Smith University Center provides comprehensive facilities for student services and activities as well as for recreation and athletic programs to serve students, faculty, and staff. Opened in 1974, the center’s gymnasium orginally seated 3,027 for basketball, but with recent renovations that include new theatre-style seats, a new hardwood floor, new scoreboards, a new lighting and sound system, and a new paint job it now seats 2,547.
Francis Marion University is a smoke-free campus. No pets are allowed within the confines of FMU athletic facilities.
The Patriot Women have compiled a 403-111 (.784) mark in the
Smith University Center, including a 165-43 run in the past 208
In addition to numerous sporting events, the building has hosted musical concerts, an appearance by Miss America 1994 Kimberly Aiken, U.S. Presidential candidates, and both college and high school commencement exercises. Francis Marion hosted the 1978 AIAW Division II National Women’s Basketball Tournament, and in 1988, the U.S. Olympic Women’s Basketball Team played an exhibition game against the Cuban National Team. In 1998, 1999, and 2008, FMU hosted the NCAA Division II women’s basketball South Atlantic Regional Tournament.