March 2, 2011
Greensboro, NC – March 2, 2011 – A special ribbon cutting ceremony for the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) Hall of Champions was held today at the Greensboro Coliseum Complex.
The ceremony included comments from ACC Commissioner John Swofford, North Carolina Lieutenant Governor Walter Dalton, North Carolina State Senator Don Vaughan, War Memorial Commission chairperson Florence Gatten, Greensboro Coliseum Complex managing director Matt Brown and Greensboro Area Convention & Visitors Bureau board chairman Dick Grubar.
“The opening of the ACC Hall of Champions is an exciting moment for the Atlantic Coast Conference,” said ACC Commissioner John Swofford. “It’s extremely fitting that this tribute to our league is not only in Greensboro, where our conference was founded, but also a part of the Coliseum Complex where so much of our basketball history and tradition has taken place. The ACC Hall of Champions provides a terrific opportunity to showcase the numerous outstanding teams, coaches and players that have contributed so much to making the ACC what it is today. All of us associated with the Conference are tremendously appreciative to those who have helped make this a reality.
The Hall of Champions will open to the general public on Thursday, March 3, in conjunction with the opening day of the 2011 ACC Women’s Basketball Tournament at the Coliseum.
“This special day has been 16 years in the making and it’s a historic moment for the City of Greensboro and the Coliseum Complex,” said Greensboro Coliseum managing director Matt Brown. “The opening of the ACC Hall of Champions will further strengthen the bonds between the conference and the Coliseum and position Greensboro as even more attractive site for future tournaments. As a statewide tourist destination, the ACC Hall of Champions will act an economic engine to bring visitors to Greensboro and spearhead the revitalization efforts for High Point Road.”
The ACC Hall of Champions will celebrate past, present and future conference success through the design and use of interactive displays, unique institutional exhibits and multi-purpose program space that showcases the league’s 58 years. The Hall will feature a combination of content that honors the academic and athletic accomplishments and highlights the ACC’s continuing promise of a “Tradition of Excellence …Then, Now and Always”.
Located in the western portion of the Greensboro Coliseum Complex’s Special Events Center, the entrance to the ACC Hall of Champions will feature a four-foot, 360-degree, state-of-the-art video globe that will amaze and delight guests with a unique, multi-media display of conference highlights. Other features of the Hall’s first phase (8,100 square feet) will include a historical timeline of the ACC’s founding in Greensboro, NC in 1953 through today; individual member school exhibits, life-size ACC school mascot exhibits, a “you call the play” interactive broadcasting booth and space to display memorabilia, trophies and historical event photos.
The Hall of Champions will have special operating hours (10:00 am- 7:00 pm) on March 3-6 and March 9-13 for the ACC women’s and men’s basketball tournaments, respectively.
After the tournaments, normal hours of operation will be Wednesday-Saturday, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm and Sundays, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm. The Hall will be closed Mondays and Tuesdays. Admission is $5.00.
For more information on the ACC Hall of Champions go to www.acchallofchampions.net.