Last Thursday night, the Spartans triumphed.
While the basketball game against Davidson was a 75-54 loss, the event was far from disappointing. UNCG filled the Greensboro Coliseum, specially configured for UNCG games, with a crowd of 11,687. They even had to raise the curtain to add a few more rows during the first half.
11,687 fill the Greensboro Coliseum for the Feb. 5 contest between UNCG and Davidson College.
When the team ran out onto the court, they were greeted by screaming fans and a sea of navy and gold striped scarves, foam hats, wildly waving pom-poms.
I loved seeing the people wearing the blue and gold and really cheering, said Linda Carter, executive director of the UNCG Alumni Association.
It was everything the university had dared to dream.
When a group calling themselves the Spartan Spirit Rising Team began planning the event, they envisioned a crowd of 8,000. Other goals? Build Spartan spirit and start a tradition.
We sent out a postcard that said Take two rivals. Add 10,000 screaming fans. Turn up the heat. And that's what it was, Carter said.
And it wasn't just the game that was a success. Two hours before tip-off, students, alumni and others from the community came out to the Greensboro Pavilion for SpartanFest. With a DJ spinning dance tunes, huge inflatables for kids and giveaways for all, the crowd got a healthy dose of Spartan spirit.
It all just seemed to flow, Carter said. I loved the student turnout, the alumni turnout and that the alumni brought their children. It's something to build on.