The Greensboro Coliseum Complex
Do you know what and where the Greensboro Coliseum Complex is? It’s a multi-use sports and entertainment complex located in the heart of downtown Greensboro, NC. The complex has eight venues that can be booked for concerts, sporting events, or conventions. With this many venues hosting many shows and events each year, this complex is perfect for entertainment seekers. There are plenty of restaurants nearby to eat at before or after your event, and there are also many hotels within walking distance if you plan on staying overnight!
The complex was first conceived by the city’s mayor in 1944. It was to be a war memorial that honored veterans of World War I and World War II. It took another fifteen years before the complex was finally opened in 1959. At its opening, there were four venues: The Greensboro Coliseum, The Blue Room, Town Hall Auditorium, and The War Memorial Auditorium.
Today, the G.C.C. holds eight venues, consisting of an amphitheater (Coliseum), arena (War Memorial Auditorium), aquatic center (U.N.C.G. Aquatic Center), banquet hall (Gateway Grand Hall at the International Civil Rights Center and Museum), convention center (Greensboro Convention Center – G.C.T.C.), museum, theatre, and an indoor pavilion.
The G.C.C. has played host to many sporting events, including the A.C.C. Men’s Basketball Tournament, N.C.A.A. Women’s Final Four, and the 1976 Olympic Indoor Track Trials. Currently, it is the home of the Carolina Cobras, the Greensboro Swarm, N.B.A. G League, U.N.C. Greensboro Spartan men’s basketball team, and the Atlantic Coast Conference (A.C.C.), including the Women and Men’s basketball tournaments.
Why Should You Go To The G.C.C.?
The G.C.C. is a great place to host sporting and entertainment events. It has witnessed many concerts in the past few years, including Lady Gaga- Joanne World Tour, Harry Styles Live on Citi Concert Series, Metallica – Hardwired to Self Destruct tour 2017/2018. There are so many other types of events as well, including the Pitchfork Music Festival, Monster of Rock, and Trans-Siberian Orchestra.
The G.C.C. is a great place to host sporting events because it has hosted many in the past few years, including W.N.B.A. All-Star Game 2017, A.C.C. Women’s Championship 2000/2001 – 2003/2004 – 2005/2006 – 2008/2009 – 2010/2011 – 2012/2013 – 2017, A.C.C. Men’s Championship 2000/2001 – 2003/2004 – 2005/2006 – 2008/2009 – 2010-2011 – 2012/2013 – 2015, North Carolina State vs. Duke Men’s Basketball game on November 18th, 2017, and more, including hockey games.
In the G.C.C., there is an amphitheater that seats over 17000 people. It has hosted prominent artists like The Rolling Stones and Jay-Z in September of 2006 and Metallica five times between 2000 and 2007. Performers like N.E.R.D., Bob Dylan, and Selena Gomez have also graced the stage in recent years.
If you’re a sports or entertainment lover and haven’t been to an event at the G.C.C., it should be your next stop!
The Greensboro Coliseum Complex has over 6000 parking spaces available onsite for those who want to drive themselves there and for team buses if an event requires it.
The G.C.C. has a website to help you find out all the information about events going on at the complex. It also gives you links to transportation and parking options for each venue and directions, local hotels, and nearby attractions. You can also get your ticket to a preferred event online.
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