Fleming Gymnasium

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Coordinates: 36°04′10″N 79°48′46″W / 36.069384°N 79.81268°W / 36.069384; -79.81268

Michael B. Fleming Gymnasium at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro

The Michael B. Fleming Gymnasium is a 2,320-seat multi-purpose arena in Greensboro, North Carolina, United States. It is located in the Health and Human Performance Building, a $16.2 million facility that opened on the University of North Carolina at Greensboro's campus in June 1989. Its street address is 1000 Spring Garden Street, Greensboro, North Carolina.

It is home to the University of North Carolina at Greensboro Spartans wrestling and volleyball teams.[1] It also hosts the women's basketball team.[2] It was formerly home to the men's basketball team as well, but beginning in the 2009–10 basketball season, they moved to larger Greensboro Coliseum.[3]

Recently, Fleming Gym underwent a facelift to improve seating amenities. The new seating includes chairback seating on the lower half with bleacher bench seating in the upper half. Both sides were completed prior to the 2006-07 season. Also recently launched a project to overhaul the team locker room areas has begun that will included expanded, modernized space for numerous UNCG teams and also meeting areas for film breakdown and other activities.[4]

History and facts[edit]

The gymnasium, which has seating for more than 1,800 for basketball and 1,200 for volleyball and wrestling, was named for Fleming, a Greensboro civic leader and one of the most ardent supporters of UNCG athletics, on December 1, 1994. Spartan teams first occupied the gym during the 1989-90 academic year.[4]

The largest crowd to see an athletic contest in the gym was 2,302 for a men's basketball game against Charleston Southern on February 25, 1995. The Spartans won, 98-70.[4]

Fleming Gymnasium has played host to various conference championship tournaments, including Big South volleyball in 1994 and 1995, Big South women's basketball in 1994, Southern Conference (SoCon) women's basketball in 1998 and 1999, SoCon wrestling in 1999 and SoCon volleyball in 2001 and 2008. In 2005, it played host to the SoCon / ACC Wrestling Championships, also known as MatJam.[4]

Prior to the 1996–97 season, the National Basketball Association's Boston Celtics held their preseason training camp in the gym.[4]

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