The University of Louisville women’s basketball team is going to become quite familiar with the Greensboro Coliseum. Building upon the current 16-year agreement, the ACC announced Thursday the venue will serve as host for the women’s tournament through 2022.
“The Greensboro Coliseum and City of Greensboro have long supported ACC Women’s Basketball and the ACC Women’s Basketball Tournament,” ACC Commissioner John Swofford said. “We are pleased to continue this relationship in the community that has been home to the ACC since its inception in 1953.”
The Cardinals have made the trek to the state of Connecticut each year for its conference tournament since the 2005-06 season. Before joining the BIG EAST, Louisville played in Charlotte, N.C., for the 2005 Conference USA Tournament.
With Thursday’s announcement from Amelia Island, Fla., the site of the ACC Women’s Basketball Tournament is set for the next eight years. The Greensboro Coliseum also serves as the host venue in 2015 to both the ACC Men’s and Women’s Basketball Tournament.
The ACC Women’s Basketball Tournament has been held in Greensboro each year since 2000, the most of any venue, and has enjoyed a long standing tradition of success at the Coliseum.
The 2014 Tournament drew nearly 60,000 fans – the most of any women’s basketball conference tournament, and has been the best attended conference tournament in the sport with an attendance total of 789,958 fans since 2000.
The Greensboro Coliseum Complex consists of 22,000-seat Greensboro Coliseum, 2,400-seat War Memorial Auditorium, 300-seat Odeon Theatre, the 167,000-square foot Special Events Center that includes three exhibition halls, a 4,500-seat mini-arena and eight meeting rooms, and the 30,000- square-foot Pavilion, located adjacent to the Special Events Center.
The Complex site also features the ACC Hall of Champions, an 8,100-square-foot museum that showcases ACC history through interactive displays, unique institutional exhibits and multi-purpose program space. Highlights include a four-foot, 360-degree, state-of-the-art video globe with a unique, multi-media display of conference highlights, life-size ACC school mascot exhibits that have been a huge hit with younger visitors and an interactive exhibit that lets fans face off in a head-to-head challenge to test their knowledge of ACC sports trivia.
The Greensboro Coliseum Complex is one of the most actively booked facilities in the country hosting over 1,000 events on an annual basis. With its incredible versatility, the Complex has gained worldwide acclaim from promoters, producers, event planners and patrons.
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