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Feb. 27, 2010
GREENSBORO, NC - The 2010 ACC Women's Basketball Tournament, which begins Thursday, March 4, will be the first time the ACC Women's Basketball Blimp will step foot in the Greensboro Coliseum, and it marks the first chance for fans to catch a t-shirt or redeemable coupon from its sole.
This giant high-top sneaker is a custom radio controlled blimp with a drop mechanism attached, made by Blimpworks, out of Franklin, Wisconsin. The shoe was custom-made for the ACC Women's Basketball Tournament and stands nearly 10 feet tall.
"The excitement this giant shoe creates is extraordinary," said Nora Lynn Finch, Associate Commissioner of the ACC. "We are always looking for new and creative ways to entertain and reward our fans."
The blimp, piloted by John Tarwater of Atlanta, Ga., will hover over fans throughout the entire four days of the Tournament. It was created to enhance the in-game experience for fans in a family-friendly environment. In addition, the giant shoe will provide an additional vehicle for the ACC and its corporate partners to engage and interact with the fans.
The 2010 ACC Women's Tournament will mark the 11th consecutive year the Coliseum has played host. In 2009, the Tournament set an overall attendance record of 73,187 and established four all-time single-session records.