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Old 11-20-2016, 10:13 AM
 
Location: Greensboro, NC USA
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The Greensboro Coliseum was first proposed in 1944. During that time, a site downtown was being looked at for the coliseum but neighborhood opposition eventually led to a site 2 miles west on Lee Street. Officials approved construction in 1956. The groundbreaking took place in 1958 and it opened in 1959 with three venues. The main arena (seating capacity 7,100), War Memorial Auditorium and the blue room. Ten years later in 1969, construction on the coliseum's first expansion began. In 1972 the coliseum reopened with a seating capacity of 15,000 seats which was unheard of for a city Greensboro's size at the time. The expansion led to Greensboro hosting the 1974 NCAA men's basketball final four championship game, an event that North Carolina would not see again for another 20 years when Charlotte hosted the Final Four in 1994. The expanded coliseum was briefly the home of the (ABA) American Basketball Association Carolina Cougars, North Carolina's first major league sports team. Greensboro would also become more competitive in hosting the ACC basketball tournament. Another expansion took place in 1978 with a new exhibition hall. By the late 1980s the coliseum was becoming outdated during a time when a more state-of-the-art venue in Winston-Salem opened in 1987, The Lawrence Joel Coliseum. In 1991, the coliseum manager proposed a second arena expansion which would raise the upper deck adding 8,000 seats pushing the seating capacity to 23,500. The outside of the coliseum was reconstructed and special events center was added which connected the exhibition hall to the main arena. The coliseum complex would not see major expansion again until the 2000s. Over the past 12 years the complex saw tremendous change with the ACC Hall of Champions, the Pavillion, Greensboro Aquatic Center and the White Oak Amphitheater. The War Memorial Auditorium was demolished to make way for a performing arts center downtown and most recently the Pavilion was converted to a field house for NBA D League Greensboro Swarm. Plans are now underway to expand the Greensboro Aquatic Center. So what does the future hold for the complex? The wish list includes a large on site hotel attached to the coliseum and Coliseum director Matt Brown envisions a soccer field and maybe even a football/multi purpose outdoor stadium to host state and regional sports events. Time will only tell but you can bet we haven't seen the last expansion at the Greensboro Coliseum Complex.

Greensboro Coliseum in 1959





Coliseum expansion in 1969





Expansion in 1992




Today



ACC Hall of Champions



Greensboro Aquatic Center



White Oak Amphitheater


Greensboro Coliseum Fieldhouse

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Old 11-20-2016, 03:21 PM
 
Location: North Carolina
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I just wish that the Monarchs were still playing in the Coliseum.
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Old 11-20-2016, 03:27 PM
 
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Any chance that the Fieldhouse could be further renovated/expanded to about 7000 seats? This would be enough IMO to help attract an ECHL team. I like hockey (especially since it's the one sport my wife actually enjoys to watch) but hate having to drive to Raleigh or Charlotte for a game.
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Old 11-20-2016, 09:14 PM
 
Location: Greensboro, NC USA
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I'm sure it's possible. I guess the issue would be juggling home games between hockey and basketball. Then again the special events center mini arena could host hockey games. The Greensboro Coliseum Complex is really the only sports complex I can think of that has three arenas. The main arena seats 23,500. The fieldhouse arena seats 2,200

And the special events arena pictured below seats 5,200.

The multiple venues which includes 125,000 square feet of exhibition /convention space is a big reason the coliseum has been able to snag high profile events like the National Figure Skating Championships. I give a lot of credit to coliseum director Matt Brown. To manage a sports/events complex of this size successfully without a major league sports tenant is an amazing feat. And Matt Brown's finance model finances upgrades and expansion without additional taxpayer dollars. The Greensboro coliseum is so successful, it's now managing all of the events at Lawrence Joel Coliseum in Winston-Salem. The coliseum is one of the most valuable assets for the city of Greensboro in terms of landing events that puts the city on the map. In addition to major sports events, the coliseum has had the spotlight in reality tv. The aquatic center hosted an NBC reality show called "Stars in Danger: The High Dive". The coliseum also host both televised American Idol and X Factor auditions. In addition the arena held a televised viewing party the night Fantasia Barrino was crowned the winner of American Idol with live shots of a packed Greensboro Coliseum airing on the finale. That happened the season after the PNC Center in Raleigh hosted a televised viewing party for Clay Aiken on finale night



Btw before the coliseum was built in 1959, the site use to have a NASCAR track and fairgrounds. It was the early years of NASCAR when tracks were dirt and small.



The old Canada Dry building on the far right was added to the coliseum complex and was converted into offices for the Greensboro Visitors and Convention Bureau and the home office for the NBA D League Greensboro Swarm shown on link below

https://www.google.com/search?q=gree...viewerState=lb

Over the past several years I've noticed the color scheme slowly changing from green to blue. It started with the aquatic center and then the green plastic seats in the main arena were replaced with blue cushioned seats. The fieldhouse seats are also blue. They should repaint that green stripe on the exterior of the main arena from green to blue and swap out the green tinted glass for blue tinted glass.

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Old 12-04-2016, 12:19 AM
 
Location: Greensboro, NC USA
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Another picture of the new NBA D League fieldhouse






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Old 12-07-2016, 04:59 PM
 
Location: North Greensboro
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Another picture of the new NBA D League fieldhouse




packed house, looking good.
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Old 12-07-2016, 09:26 PM
 
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packed house, looking good.
I don't think you're seeing a packed house in those photos. I think you're seeing a lot of "fans" dressed as empty blue seats. To me, it looks a little better than half full.
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