Basketball fans get ready to take it to the next level.
After a news conference announcing that the Greensboro Coliseum will become the home court for men's basketball next year, cheerleaders take a look at a composite image of the new Spartan court.
At a high-energy press event, Chancellor Linda P. Brady announced steps to increase the visibility of UNCG athletics, which includes moving the men's basketball program to the Greensboro Coliseum beginning with the 2009-10 season.
The announcement coincided with UNCG's first Blue & Gold Day, a school-spirit event which will occur around key athletics events during the year. The next Blue & Gold Day is Feb. 5, when UNCG plays no. 22-ranked Davidson College in the Coliseum. Davidson came within one shot of reaching the NCAA Final Four last season.
Spartan fans are encouraged to turn out in record numbers for the Davidson game. To purchase tickets, call (336) 334-3250 or visit the coliseum web site. UNCG has a limited supply of $10 tickets for great seats behind the UNCG bench. To order those, call the number listed. Once those are sold out, then tickets must be purchased through the coliseum web site. Those ticket prices start at $15.
Then get ready to rock the coliseum next year.
One of my priorities is to enhance the visibility of Spartan athletics and make new investments in support of our athletics programs consistent with our NCAA Division I status, Brady said.
Coliseum officials unveiled design proposals for a home court and Spartan-decorated dressing rooms to be in place at the start of next season.
Davidson is UNCG's only game in the coliseum this season. For the 2009-10 season, UNCG has scheduled non-conference home games in the coliseum with N.C. State, Princeton and East Carolina.
Fred Barakat, retired associate commissioner of the Atlantic Coast Conference, will assist in scheduling additional men's basketball games with ACC and non-ACC teams. He foresees ultimately having games against about five ACC opponents each year. Two or three each year would be at the coliseum.
The timing could not be better for UNCG to schedule ACC opponents. The Atlantic Coast Conference men's basketball tournament will be played in the Greensboro Coliseum in 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014 and 2015.
UNCG officials are taking a vigorous approach in order to elevate the status of the athletics program and raise the university's profile in the state and across the nation. Benefits to moving the games to the coliseum include creating a larger community fan base, heightening partnerships and loyalty in the community, stimulating the economy, and enhancing the student experience.