Greensboro Coliseum Complex
|Greensboro Coliseum Complex|
|Location||1921 West Lee Street Greensboro, North Carolina 27403 USA|
|Broke ground||January 1958|
|Opened||October 29, 1959|
|Renovated||1994, 2005, 2013|
|Expanded||1972, 1993, 2003, 2011|
|Owner||City of Greensboro|
|Operator||City of Greensboro|
|Construction cost||US$4.5 million (1959)
($35.4 million in 2013 dollars)
$63 million (1993 Expansion)
|Capacity||Varies depending on venue|
The Greensboro Coliseum Complex is an entertainment and sports complex located in Glenwood neighborhood of Greensboro, North Carolina, United States. Opening in 1959, the arena was once one of the largest venues in the South, with a seating capacity of over 23,000. The complex holds nine venues that includes an amphitheater, arena, aquatic center, banquet hall, convention center, museum, performing arts center, theatre and an indoor pavilion. It is the home of the UNC Greensboro Spartans men's basketball team, as well as the Atlantic Coast Conference Men's and Women's Basketball Tournament.
It has hosted the Men's ACC Tournament 23 times since 1967 and the Women's ACC Tournament 12 times since 2000. The coliseum is contracted to host both tournaments until 2015. Other notable sporting events include the NCAA Men's Final Four in 1974 and the East Regionals in 1976, 1979 and 1998. It is also the former home of several professional hockey teams including the Greensboro Generals, Greensboro Monarchs and the Carolina Hurricanes.
The complex has hosted the "Central Carolina Fair" since 1999. It is the largest arena in the Southern United States, and the second-largest nationally behind the United Center of Chicago.
The complex was first proposed in 1944 by the city's mayor. The idea was to create a war memorial to honor veterans of World War I and World War II. The building was approved by city officials in 1956, followed by a groundbreaking in January 1958. With its opening in 1959, the complex held four venues: War Memorial Auditorium, Town Hall Auditorium, The Blue Room and the Greensboro Coliseum. The complex opened on October 29, 1959 for historic show, "Holiday on Ice". Shortly after its opening, the coliseum began to scout for a hockey team. Partnering with the EHL, the city formed the "Greensboro Generals". The teams first match was November 11, 1959 against the Washington Presidents. The Generals won the game 4–1. The Generals would go on the win the EHL Championships.
Over the years, the complex hosted several conventions, sporting and musical events. The coliseum was part-time home of the Carolina Cougars of the American Basketball Association from 1969-1974 after the Houston Mavericks moved to North Carolina in 1969. The Cougars were a "regional franchise," playing "home" games in Charlotte (Bojangles' Coliseum), Greensboro (Greensboro Coliseum), Winston-Salem Memorial Coliseum and Raleigh (Dorton Arena). Hall of Fame Coach Larry Brown began his coaching career with the Cougars in 1972. Billy Cunningham was the ABA MVP for the Cougars in the 1972-73 season. Despite a strong fan base the Cougars were sold and moved to St. Louis in 1974. 
To meet demands, the coliseum expands its seating to 15,000 in 1972. Six years later, the complex expanded to include an exhibition center, known at the time as the Greensboro Coliseum Complex Exhibition Building (shortened to Exhibition Building). The building's first event was "Super Flea", a flea market for the Triad area. In 1991, the coliseum's manager (Jim Evans) proposed an additional expansion of the complex. This expansion would raise the seating capacity of the coliseum an additional 8,000 (adding a third tier) to 23,000. It would also see The Blue Room demolished to make way for a small arena in the Exhibition Hall (now called the Special Events Center).
The venue reopened in December 28, 1993 for the "Reunion Classic, a men's basketball game against the UCLA Bruins and NC State Wolfpack. This game was met with controversy as the coliseum was not fully complete at the time of the game. City officials paid $200,000 to have firefighters on stand by during the game. The coliseum and the newly expanded exhibition hall did not meet state and city building codes nor fire regulations. Additionally, the coliseum did not hold the permits to host the event. This irrational decision resulted in city council firing both the coliseum manager and its contractors, Huber, Hunt and Nichols, Inc. (known for the Time Warner Cable Arena, BB&T Center (Sunrise) and the Consol Energy Center). It was later determined it would take an additional ten months to have the complex comply with regulations. The city added in additional $20 million dollars to the budget to renovate the coliseum and the auditorium.
Additional expansions came in 2003 when the complex added the 30,000 sqft Pavilion (also called the GCC Pavilion). Two years later, the complex would renovated the old Town Hall Auditorium into the smaller Odeon Theatre. In 2011, the complex added three additional venues: the White Oak Amphitheatre, the Greensboro Aquatic Center and the ACC Hall of Champions. Since its opening, the complex has been visited by nearly 57 million people and hosts over 800 events per year.
List of Events 
|List of events held at the Coliseum Complex|
|311||Universal Pulse Tour||November 29, 2011||DJ Soulman||Coliseum|
|AC/DC||Highway to Hell Tour||October 3, 1979||Blackfoot and Mother's Finest|
|Back in Black Tour||August 10, 1980||Nantucket|
|Fly on the Wall Tour||November 17, 1985|
|Blow Up Your Video World Tour||August 27, 1988|
|Razors Edge World Tour||February 17, 1991||King's X|
|Ballbreaker World Tour||January 12, 1996||The Poor|
|Stiff Upper Lip World Tour||March 29, 2001||Wide Mouth Mason|
|Black Ice World Tour||October 25, 2009||The Answer|
|Aerosmith||Permanent Vacation Tour||March 23, 1988||Dokken and White Lion|
|Nine Lives Tour||January 21, 1998|
|April 15, 1999|
|Just Push Play Tour||November 25, 2001||Fuel|
|Rockin' the Joint Tour||January 21, 2006||Lenny Kravitz|
|Aerosmith & KISS||Rocksimus Maximus Tour||November 22, 2003||Saliva|
|Alice Cooper||Killer Tour||May 13, 1972||Todd Rundgren and Free|
|Billion Dollar Babies Holiday Tour||December 9, 1973||ZZ Top|
|School's Out For Summer Tour||June 30, 1978|
|Raise Your Fist and Yell Tour||January 29, 1988||Motörhead|
|Alicia Keys||As I Am Tour||May 30, 2008||Jordin Sparks|
|Set the World on Fire Tour||March 30, 2013||Miguel|
|The Allman Brothers Band||Brothers and Sisters Tour||May 24, 1974|
|Reach for the Sky Tour||August 16, 1980||Nantucket|
|American Idol Live!||American Idols LIVE! Tour 2005||July 17, 2005|
|American Idols LIVE! Tour 2006||July 30, 2006|
|American Idols LIVE! Tour 2007||September 11, 2007|
|American Idols LIVE! Tour 2009||August 2, 2009|
|America's Got Talent||America's Got Talent: Live||November 5, 2010|
|Avenged Sevenfold||Avenged Sevenfold Tour||November 29, 2008|
|The Avett Brothers||December 31, 2012||Amos Lee|
|Backstreet Boys||Into the Millennium Tour||February 20, 2000|
|Black & Blue Tour||June 17, 2001||Krystal Harris|
|Barack Obama||Town Hall Meeting||March 26, 2008||War Memorial|
|The Beach Boys||The Beach Boys: Live in Concert||June 5, 2011||Amphitheatre|
|Bee Gees||Spirit Having Flown Tour||October 2, 1979||Coliseum|
|Beyoncé Knowles, Alicia Keys & Missy Elliott||Verizon Ladies First Tour||March 21, 2004||Tamia|
|Beyoncé Knowles||I Am... Tour||June 27, 2009||RichGirl|
|Bill Clinton||Embracing Our Common Humanity||November 30, 2010|
|The Black Crowes||Souled Out Tour||March 17, 1999||Special Events|
|Blue Man Group||Blue Man Group Tour 2013||January 9, 2012||War Memorial|
|January 10, 2012|
|Blue Öyster Cult||Agents of Fortune Tour||December 28, 1976||Grinderswitch||Coliseum|
|Bon Jovi||Slippery When Wet Tour||May 9, 1987||Cinderella|
|Lost Highway Tour||March 16, 2008||Daughtry|
|Britney Spears||...Baby One More Time Tour||March 29, 2000||LFO and Bosson|
|The Circus Starring Britney Spears||September 5, 2009||Jordin Sparks|
|Brad Paisley||Bonfires & Amplifiers Tour||November 9, 2007||Rodney Atkins and Taylor Swift|
|Bruce Springsteen||Devils & Dust Tour||July 26, 2005|
|Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band||The River Tour||February 28, 1981|
|Born in the U.S.A. Tour||January 18, 1985|
|January 19, 1985|
|The Rising Tour||November 16, 2002|
|Magic Tour||April 28, 2008|
|Working on a Dream Tour||May 2, 2009|
|Wrecking Ball World Tour||March 19, 2012|
|Carrie Underwood||Play On Tour||October 29, 2010||Sons of Sylvia and Billy Currington|
|Blown Away Tour||November 4, 2012||Hunter Hayes|
|Casting Crowns||Until the Whole World Hears Tour||April 24, 2010|
|Cheap Trick||In Color Tour||December 18, 1977||AC/DC|
|The Cheetah Girls||Cheetah-licious Christmas Tour||November 19, 2005||Aly & AJ||War Memorial|
|The One World Tour||November 22, 2008||Clique Girlz||Coliseum|
|Cher||Living Proof: The Farewell Tour||September 7, 2002||Cyndi Lauper|
|Cirque du Soleil||Alegría||April 13, 2011|
|April 14, 2011|
|April 15, 2011|
|April 16, 2011|
|April 17, 2011|
|Delirium||May 6, 2006|
|May 7, 2006|
|Quidam||April 17, 2013|
|April 18, 2013|
|April 19, 2013|
|April 20, 2013|
|April 21, 2013|
|Saltimbanco||September 19, 2007|
|September 20, 2007|
|September 21, 2007|
|September 22, 2007|
|September 23, 2007|
|Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young||CSNY Tour of America||April 16, 2002|
|Daughtry||Leave This Town Tour||November 12, 2009||Cavo and Lifehouse|
|Break the Spell Tour||April 7, 2012||SafetySuit and Mike Sanchez|
|Dave Matthews Band||Before These Crowded Streets Tour||November 28, 1998||Béla Fleck and the Flecktones|
|David Bowie||Diamond Dogs Tour||July 6, 1974|
|The Dead||2009 Tour||April 12, 2009|
|Def Leppard||Hysteria World Tour||December 19, 1987||Tesla|
|Songs from the Sparkle Lounge Tour||March 27, 2008||Styx and REO Speedwagon|
|Demi Lovato||Summer Tour 2009||July 29, 2009||David Archuleta, Jordan Pruitt and KSM|
|Dixie Chicks||Top of the World Tour||May 17, 2003||Joan Osborne|
|Drake||Light Dreams & Nightmares Tour||October 9, 2010|
|Eagles||Long Road Out of Eden Tour||January 17, 2009|
|Electric Light Orchestra||Time Tour||October 17, 1981|
|Elton John||1974 North American Tour||November 8, 1974||Kiki Dee|
|Louder Than Concorde Tour||July 13, 1976|
|Elton John & Billy Joel||Face to Face 2001||April 28, 2001|
|Elvis Presley||1972 Tour||April 14, 1972|
|1977 Tour||April 21, 1977|
|Eminem||Anger Management Tour||December 13, 2000|
|Eric Church||Blood, Sweat & Beers Tour||February 18, 2012||Brantley Gilbert|
|Erykah Badu||The Vortex Tour||May 17, 2008||War Memorial|
|Fantasia Barrino||Back to Me Tour||November 18, 2010||Eric Benét and Kandi Burruss|
|Foghat||Rock and Roll Outlaws Tour||May 30, 1975||Blue Öyster Cult and Thee Image||Coliseum|
|Furthur Festival||September 21, 2000|
|George Strait||Honkytonkville Tour||February 22, 2004||Dierks Bentley and Kellie Coffey|
|It Just Comes Natural Tour||January 20, 2007||Ronnie Milsap and Taylor Swift|
|The Cowboy Rides Away Tour||March 23, 2013||Martina McBride|
|George Strait & Reba McEntire||Twang Tour||January 23, 2010||Lee Ann Womack|
|Genesis||Mama Tour||December 11, 1983|
|Invisible Touch Tour||February 23, 1987|
|Goo Goo Dolls||Something for the Rest of Us Tour||April 23, 2010||War Memorial|
|Grateful Dead||Go to Heaven Tour||May 1, 1980||Coliseum|
|1981 Tour||April 30, 1981|
|April 31, 1981|
|1983 Tour||October 9, 1983|
|Built to Last Tour||March 30, 1989|
|March 31, 1989|
|1991 Tour||March 31, 1991|
|April 1, 1991|
|Guns N' Roses||Use Your Illusion Tour||June 25, 1991||Skid Row|
|Chinese Democracy Tour||November 2, 2006|
|High School Musical||High School Musical: The Concert Tour||December 27, 2006||Jordan Pruitt|
|Iron Maiden||World Slavery Tour||September 2, 1985|
|Somewhere on Tour||May 4, 1987|
|The Jackson 5||The Jackson 5 First National Tour||December 29, 1970|
|The Jackson 5 World Tour||July 8, 1973|
|The Jacksons||Triumph Tour||July 24, 1981|
|Janet Jackson||Rhythm Nation 1814 World Tour||August 14, 1990|
|All for You Tour||September 9, 2001|
|Jason Aldean||My Kinda Party Tour||February 4, 2011||The JaneDear Girls|
|Night Train Tour||May 18, 2013||Jake Owen and Thomas Rhett|
|Jay-Z & R. Kelly||Best of Both World Tour||October 9, 2004|
|Jay-Z & Mary J. Blige||Heart of the City Tour||April 5, 2008||The-Dream|
|Jay-Z & Kanye West||Watch the Throne Tour||October 30, 2011|
|Jesse McCartney & Jordin Sparks||Jesse & Jordin LIVE Tour||August 30, 2008||Prima J||War Memorial|
|Jethro Tull||Aqualung Tour||November 8, 1971||Coliseum|
|A Passion Play Tour||May 19, 1973|
|Minstrel in the Gallery Tour||August 9, 1975|
|Songs from the Wood Tour||November 23, 1977|
|Jill Scott||Words And Sounds Tour||August 19, 2001||Mark Phillips||War Memorial|
|Big Beautiful Tour||March 3, 2005||Common|
|The Real Thing Tour||March 2, 2008||Raheem DeVaughn|
|March 3, 2008|
|Jimmy Buffett||Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays Tour||February 17, 2001||Coliseum|
|Far Side of the World Tour||April 20, 2002|
|John Mayer||Battle Studies World Tour||March 15, 2010||Michael Franti & Spearhead|
|Journey||Raised on Radio Tour||November 13, 1986||Glass Tiger|
|Revelation Tour||September 18, 2009||Cheap Trick and Night Ranger|
|Eclipse Tour||October 3, 2012||Loverboy and Pat Benatar|
|Judas Priest||Screaming for Vengeance Tour||January 16, 1983|
|Mercenaries of Metal Tour||September 8, 1988|
|Justin Bieber||My World Tour||December 15, 2010||Sean Kingston|
|Believe Tour||January 19, 2013||Carly Rae Jepsen|
|Kay Hagan||Senate Victory Party||November 4, 2008|
|Kenny Chesney||Margarita's & Senorita's Tour||February 15, 2003||Montgomery Gentry and Kellie Coffey|
|Flip-Flop Summer Tour||April 19, 2007||Pat Green|
|Kid Rock||Rebel Soul Tour||February 26, 2013||Buckcherry and Hellbound Glory|
|Keyshia Cole||A Different Me Tour||May 22, 2009||The-Dream, Keri Hilson and Bobby V||Special Events|
|KISS||Alive! Tour||September 12, 1975||Coliseum|
|Destroyer Tour||August 27, 1976||Bob Seger, Ted Nugent and Cheap Trick|
|Alive II Tour||December 31, 1977||AC/DC|
|Dynasty Tour||July 3, 1979|
|Asylum Tour||December 29, 1985|
|Crazy Nights Tour||February 5, 1988|
|Hot in the Shade Tour||July 27, 1990||Slaughter|
|Alive/Worldwide Tour||September 28, 1996|
|Kiss Farewell Tour||April 22, 2000||Ted Nugent and Skid Row|
|Korn||Sick and Twisted Tour||April 15, 2000||Staind and Mindless Self Indulgence|
|Led Zeppelin||1975 North American Tour||January 29, 1975|
|1977 North American Tour||May 31, 1977|
|Lil Wayne||I Am Music Tour||December 29, 2008||Keyshia Cole and T-Pain|
|I Am Music II Tour||April 8, 2011||Nicki Minaj, Travis Barker, Cory Gunz and Birdman|
|Loretta Lynn||2011 Tour||February 11, 2011||War Memorial Auditorium|
|2013 Tour||May 10, 2013|
|Lyle Lovett & His Acoustic Group||Release Me Tour||November 16, 2012|
|Marilyn Manson||Guns, God and Government Tour||November 13, 2000||gODHEAD and The Union Underground|
|Martina McBride & Trace Adkins||Shine All Night Tour||April 20, 2010||Sarah Buxton||Coliseum|
|Mary J. Blige||The Mary Show Tour||July 28, 2000||Carl Thomas and Jagged Edge||War Memorial Auditorium|
|Matchbox 20||Mad Season Tour||September 20, 2000||Coliseum|
|Metallica||Damaged Justice Tour||February 19, 1989||Queensrÿche|
|Wherever We May Roam Tour||March 26, 1992||Metal Church|
|Poor Touring Me||April 12, 1997||Corrosion of Conformity|
|Miley Cyrus||Best of Both Worlds Tour||November 25, 2007||Jonas Brothers|
|Wonder World Tour||November 22, 2009||Metro Station|
|Miranda Lambert||On Fire Tour||February 19, 2012||Chris Young and Jerrod Niemann|
|The Monkees||1967 North American Tour||July 12, 1967|
|Mötley Crüe||Welcome to the Theatre of Pain Tour||December 13, 1985|
|Girls, Girls, Girls Tour||November 15, 1987|
|Mötley Crüe vs. The Earth Tour||October 28, 1997|
|Red, White & Crüe Tour||April 21, 2005|
|'N Sync||No Strings Attached Tour||May 16, 2000||P!nk|
|NKOTBSB||NKOTBSB Tour||July 21, 2011||Jordin Sparks and Matthew Morrison|
|Nickelback||Dark Horse Tour||April 17, 2010||Shinedown, Breaking Benjamin and Sick Puppies|
|Pearl Jam||Binaural Tour||August 6, 2000||Sonic Youth|
|Phil Collins||The No Jacket Required World Tour||May 22, 1985|
|Phish||2003 Tour||March 1, 2003|
|The Police||Ghost in the Machine Tour||January 26, 1982||The Go-Go's and Joan Jett and the Blackhearts|
|Synchronicity Tour||February 10, 1984|
|February 11, 1984|
|Prince & The Revolution||1999 Tour||February 4, 1983||The Time and Vanity 6|
|Purple Rain Tour||November 14, 1984||Sheila E.|
|November 15, 1984|
|November 16, 1984|
|Lovesexy Tour||October 16, 1988|
|Prince & The New Power Generation||Jam of the Year Tour||November 8, 1997|
|Welcome 2 America Tour||March 26, 2011||Chaka Khan|
|Queen||The Game Tour||August 14, 1980||Dakota|
|R. Kelly||The Single Ladies Tour||December 7, 2012||Tamia|
|Rascal Flatts||Still Feels Good Tour||February 24, 2006||Blake Shelton|
|Changed Tour||February 15, 2013||The Band Perry and Kristen Kelly|
|Red Hot Chili Peppers||I'm with You World Tour||April 9, 2012||Santigold|
|Rick James||Fire It Up Tour||April 11, 1980||Prince and Kleeer|
|Rick Ross||The MMG Tour||December 7, 2012||Meek Mill and Wale|
|Ricky Martin||Livin' la Vida Loca Tour||June 13, 2000|
|Rihanna||Loud Tour||July 16, 2011||J. Cole|
|Rod Stewart||Worth Leavin' Home For Tour||November 11, 1981|
|Rodney Carrington||2013 Tour||January 24, 2013||War Memorial|
|The Rolling Stones||1965 North American Tour||November 12, 1965||Coliseum|
|1975 Tour of the Americas||July 31, 1975|
|1978 North American Tour||June 26, 1978|
|Rush||A Farewell to Kings Tour||March 18, 1978||The Pat Travers Band and The Babys|
|Hemispheres Tour||April 14, 1979||Molly Hatchet|
|Moving Pictures Tour||December 6, 1981||Riot|
|Signals Tour||March 27, 1983||The Jon Butcher Axis|
|Power Windows Tour||April 22, 1986||Blue Öyster Cult|
|Time Machine Tour||April 2, 2011|
|Scorpions||Love at First Sting Tour||July 8, 1984||Bon Jovi|
|Shania Twain||Come On Over Tour||November 20, 1999||Shane Minor|
|Slipknot||All Hope Is Gone World Tour||February 9, 2009|
|Stevie Nicks||Wild Heart Tour||July 10, 1983|
|Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble||Couldn't Stand the Weather Tour||August 9, 1984||Huey Lewis and the News|
|Sting||Brand New Day Tour||May 8, 2001||Dominic Miller|
|Switchfoot||Nothing Is Sound Tour||April 2, 2006||Eisley and Reeve Oliver||War Memorial|
|T.I. & Ciara||Screamfest '07 Tour||August 25, 2007||T-Pain and Yung Joc||Coliseum|
|Taylor Swift||Fearless Tour||June 12, 2009||Kellie Pickler and Gloriana|
|Speak Now World Tour||June 30, 2011||Needtobreathe and James Wesley|
|Third Day||The Miracle Tour||April 20, 2013||Colton Dixon and Josh Wilson||Special Events|
|Tim McGraw & Faith Hill||Soul2Soul Tour||October 17, 2000||The Warren Brothers||Coliseum|
|Soul2Soul II Tour||July 20, 2007||Halfway to Hazard|
|Tina Turner||Private Dancer Tour||November 23, 1985|
|Twenty Four Seven Tour||April 1, 2000||Lionel Richie and Janice Robinson|
|Toni Braxton||Secrets Tour||February 21, 1997||Kenny G|
|Usher||OMG Tour||December 7, 2010||Miguel and Trey Songz|
|Van Halen||Fair Warning Tour||August 25, 1981|
|Hide Your Sheep Tour||July 16, 1982|
|1984 Tour||February 3, 1984||Autograph|
|1986 Tour||May 16, 1986|
|OU812 Tour||October 6, 1988|
|2004 North American Tour||June 11, 2004|
|2007/2008 North American Tour||September 29, 2007||Ky-Mani Marley|
|A Different Kind of Truth Tour||April 21, 2012||Kool & the Gang|
|Whitney Houston||Moment of Truth World Tour||August 9, 1987||Kenny G|
|I'm Your Baby Tonight World Tour||June 16, 1991||After 7|
|The Who||1975 North American Tour||November 28, 1975|
|1980 North American Tour||July 13, 1980|
|Quadrophenia and More Tour||November 9, 2012||Vintage Trouble|
|Winter Jam Tour Spectacular||Winter Jam 2009||February 21, 2009|
|Yes||Close to the Edge Tour||November 12, 1972|
|Relayer Tour||November 24, 1974|
|Tormato Tour||September 14, 1978|
|90125 Tour||September 14, 1984|
|35th Anniversary Tour||April 27, 2004|
|Zac Brown Band||Uncaged Tour||January 26, 2013||Blackberry Smoke and Levi Lowrey|
|ZZ Top||Worldwide Texas Tour||February 10, 1977|
|Expect No Quarter Tour||November 16, 1980|
|El Loco-Motion Tour||January 15, 1982|
|XXX Tour||September 22, 1999||Lynyrd Skynyrd and Screamin' Cheetah Wheelies|
|War Memorial Auditorium||2,460|
|East Wing (S.E.C.)||5,100|
|White Oak Amphitheatre||7,688|
|Greensboro Aquatic Center||2,500|
Greensboro Coliseum 
One of the original four buildings of the complex, the Coliseum (also called Coliseum Arena) is one of the oldest buildings on the property. Construction began on the venue in 1958 and was completed in September 1959. Known originally as the Greensboro Memorial Coliseum (until 1980), the arena hosted its first event on October 29, 1959. At the time, the coliseum held 7,100 seats, becoming one of the largest arenas on the East Coast. Less than one year after its opening, the coliseum was about to be visited by presidential nominee Richard Nixon. Nixon obtained a knee injury while campaigning in Greensboro, causing him to stop his campaign tour. Although the tour continued in late August 1960, Nixon still suffered pain from the injury. In September, the first debate between John F. Kennedy and Nixon aired on television, with Nixon appearing to look "sickly". Nixon lost the debate and would go on to lose the presidential race. Nixon later stated the knee injury at the coliseum resulted in him losing the race.
Through the years, the coliseum has hosted several sporting events, most notably basketball (see below). The coliseum has also hosted concerts for over 40 years. During the 1960s and 1970s, the coliseum was frequented by rock and R&B performers. The first major concert held at the coliseum was by The Monkees. The venue would go on to host concerts by Guns N' Roses, Cher, Rush, Dave Matthews Band, The Jackson 5, Jay-Z, Elton John, Led Zeppelin, Kenny Rogers, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, Britney Spears and Tina Turner. Elvis Presley played a concert at the coliseum on April 14, 1972. The footage for the concert was used for his final film Elvis on Tour and an audio album was also released, entitled Elvis Presley – The Greensboro Concert 1972. Presley played the coliseum again in 1977, one of the final venues of his tour before his death in August. Casting Crowns recorded their live album, entitled Until the Whole World Hears... Live, at the coliseum on April 24, 2010.
Hard rock band Kiss has played ten performances at the coliseum. Van Halen has performed at the venue eight times while Prince, Aerosmith and Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band have played six times at the arena. AC/DC and Yes have performed five times at the coliseum. The arena has also hosted WJMH's SuperJam since 1997. The music festival has featured prominent artists in the hip hop community including LL Cool J, Soulja Boy, Ludacris, Ja Rule, Plies, Nas, Lil Jon & the East Side Boyz, Travis Porter and the Ying Yang Twins. The coliseum was also the site of reality show American Idol Season 5 tryouts and The X Factor (U.S. season 2) in 2012.
War Memorial Auditorium 
One of the original four buildings of the complex, the War Memorial Auditorium is one of the oldest buildings on the property. Along with the original concept, the venue opened in 1959 to house performing arts events. Playing predominately to an African American audience, the auditorium became a notable venue on the chitlin' circuit. James Brown, Ray Charles and Aretha Franklin were among the many performers who played the auditorium during the 1960s. Its first popular concert was by the Rolling Stones during their 1965 Tour. Over the years, the venue has been primarily used for town meetings, theatrical events, religious meetings and concerts. 2008 presidential candidate Barack Obama held a town hall meeting on March 26, 2008 to a full house. American vocalist Jill Scott has performed at the auditorium four times. Guilford County native Fantasia Barrino gave her first concert performance in her home state in 2010 for her Back to Me Tour.
Greensboro Coliseum Special Events Center 
Originally known as the Greensboro Coliseum Complex Exhibition Building, the exhibition center opened in 1978. Its purpose was to host business conferences and conventions. The venue was primarily used by "Super Flea", the flea market for the Triad area. In 1993, the center was expanded, converting the old Blue Room into a mid-sized arena known as Hall C or the East Wing. In its current state, the center has three exhibition halls, an arena and nine meeting rooms. The arena is often used for musical performances during the Central Carolina Fair. It is also utilized by Greensboro College men's and women's basketball home games. Other sporting events such as boxing, and UFC matches. The arena will often host concerts and comedy shows.
Odeon Theatre 
Opening in 1958 as the Town Hall Auditorium, the Odeon Theatre is a small venue primarily used for community events. The original auditorium housed 1,000 seats. In 2004, the auditorium was converted to the smaller theatre and reopened in March 2005.
White Oak Amphitheatre 
The newest contribution to the complex, the White Oak Amphitheatre is the first outdoor venue for the Triad area. The venue was originally proposed in 2007 along with the aquatic center. The city purchased the nearby Canada Dry bottling plant to allow space for the amphitheatre. Construction began in 2010 and was completed in June 2011. The first concert for the venue was by the The Beach Boys on June 5, 2011 to a crowd of 4,000 spectators. The amphitheatre is expected to operate from April to October, hosting community, comedy and musical events. The project cost $946,000 to construct.
Known simply by one name (although acknowledged as Greensboro Coliseum Pavilion or Pavilion at the Coliseum), the Pavilion is a standalone exhibition hall adjacent to the Special Events Center. The 30,000 sq ft space is used monthly by the Super Flea Market. It also is used frequently by Guilford County Schools and the Central Carolina Fair. The pavilion opened in March 2003. The project was designed by Sutton-Kennerly Associates and cost $625,606.
Greensboro Aquatic Center 
Another expansion project for the complex is the new aquatic center. The center will feature three main pools including a warm-up and training pool. The main pool will be used for events by nearby high schools and colleges and can hold eight 50-meter lanes. The facility will also have a classroom and a 24'×19' video screen. The venue will house events in competitive swimming and diving, synchronized swimming and water polo. The project began in 2010 along with the amphitheatre and cost $18.8 million to build. The City of Greensboro provided a live cam feed to watch the progress of the construction. The venue is expected to open in August 2011. The venue will host the 2012 U.S. Masters Swimming Spring National Championship.[dated info]
ACC Hall of Champions 
To commemorate its legacy with the ACC Tournaments, the complex opened a museum in 2011 to show the history of the ACC. The venue will celebrate the past, present and future of the ACC. It features numerous exhibits including an interactive broadcast booth, memorabilia, a video globe and school mascots. The venue opened in March 2011.
The Terrace 
Opened in March 2011, The Terrace is one of new expansions for the complex. Its main purpose is a banquet hall and will be used for speaking events as well as weddings. The Terrace is an indoor venue located in between the auditorium and Coliseum.
|Spring National Championship||USMS||2012|
|Atlantic Coast Conference||Women||2000–Present|
|Greensboro City Gators||GBA||1991–1992|
|NCAA Final Four||NCAA||1974|
|Atlantic Coast Conference||Men||1967–Present|
|Wake Forest Demon Deacons||ACC||1959–1989|
|Greensboro Generals||EHL / SHL||1959–1973|
The hockey history of Greensboro began in 1959, when the Greensboro Generals of the Eastern Hockey League arrived and competed until the league folded in 1973. The team moved to the Southern Hockey League for four seasons until it too ceased operations in January 1977. Greensboro hockey's modern era began with the establishment of the Greensboro Monarchs of the East Coast Hockey League, who played from 1989–90 to 1994–95. When the American Hockey League expanded southward in 1995, it invited Greensboro to join; the new team took the Monarchs nickname, but attempted to draw a more regional fan base by labeling themselves the Carolina Monarchs. When the Carolina Hurricanes announced their move from Hartford, Connecticut in 1997 (when they were known as the Hartford Whalers), they leased the coliseum for two years while waiting for the Raleigh Entertainment and Sports Arena in Raleigh, North Carolina to be completed. Subjected to ticket price increases and unwilling to support a team that was destined for Raleigh, Greensboro hockey fans rarely filled the arena for Hurricane games. Meanwhile, Triangle fans were unwilling to make the hour-long drive across Interstate 40 to Greensboro. As a result, the Hurricanes played in front of some of the smallest NHL crowds since the 1950s. During the 1998–99 season, the team curtained off most of the upper deck for home games in an effort to artificially create scarcity in the ticket market, force would-be attendees to purchase higher-priced tickets, and hide what national media mocked as "green acres" of empty seats.
Once the Raleigh Entertainment and Sports Arena (later the RBC Center, now the PNC Arena) was completed and the Hurricanes moved out, the plan was that the Monarchs, who spent those two years in New Haven, Connecticut as the Beast of New Haven, would move back into the venue as a Hurricanes affiliate. However, Monarchs owner Bill Black tried to bring the Monarchs back to Greensboro but the Hurricanes refused to claim the Monarchs as their affiliate. After the deal fell by the way side Bill Black tried to sell shares to the public in a final attempt to bring the Monarchs back to Greensboro. Unable to regain enough interest the team was sold and became the Manchaster Monarchs.
Rather than leave the coliseum without a hockey team for the first time in over 10 years, a new hockey team was founded, the Greensboro Generals, returning the city to the East Coast Hockey League. The Generals competed in the arena until 2004, when they were terminated by the ECHL due to poor performance and lackluster support from the community. Increased operating expenses from the ECHL Players Union and overhead costs as a result of recent coliseum renovations significantly affected the Generals' ability to promote within the community. It was revealed that after the team folded, nearly all of the money used to support the team over and above ticket revenues, could have been covered by coliseum advertising revenue that was purchased as a direct result of the hockey team's presence. After the team folded, the complex saw a significant revenue drop in local advertising and to this day, the coliseum operations must be supplemented with nearly $2 million a year from the city government.
The Carolina Cougars of the American Basketball Association played a majority of their home games at the Greensboro Coliseum during their tenure in North Carolina from 1969 to 1974, before moving to St. Louis and becoming the Spirits of St. Louis. The Greensboro City Gaters played their first and only season as a charter franchise of the Global Basketball Association minor league in 1991–1992 in the Greensboro Coliseum.
The Greensboro Coliseum has played host to many college basketball tournaments. The Atlantic Coast Conference has held their men's basketball tournament at the coliseum 23 times since 1967, the most of any venue. This is in part because the arena was within seven hours' drive of the conference's original footprint, and is within an hour of most of the fanbases of the conference's heartland in North Carolina. The coliseum hosted the 2010 and 2011 men's tournament, and is scheduled to host four more ACC men's tournaments in 2013, 2014, & 2015. It has also hosted the MEAC Men's Basketball Tournament ten times.
In 1974 the coliseum hosted the NCAA Men's Final Four. It was the host of the Southern Conference men's basketball tournament from 1996–1999. The coliseum has been the home for the ACC Women's Basketball Tournament since 2000, and is contracted through 2015. It has played host to 12 Men's NCAA Tournaments, most notably the 1974 Final Four and Lehigh's upset of Duke in 2012. It hosted the NCAA Tournament in 2006 and 2009, when it served as a first and second round site. It hosted the Greensboro Regional in the Women's NCAA Tournament in 2007 and 2008. The coliseum is the first arena to host three basketball tournaments in consecutive weeks. The coliseum has also hosted NBA basketball, high school basketball, and the Harlem Globetrotters.
From 1959 to 1989, the Wake Forest Demon Deacons basketball team played a portion of its home schedule there—usually games against popular opponents that could not be accommodated in the smaller Winston-Salem Memorial Coliseum. The arena has also served as an alternate home floor for the UNC Greensboro Spartans men's basketball team, such as on December 31, 2005, when UNCG hosted top-ranked Duke at the Greensboro Coliseum in front of a near-record crowd of 21,124. Beginning with the 2009–2010 season, UNCG men's basketball team moved all its home games there from the cramped Fleming Gymnasium on campus, which had been its home court since 1989.
Indoor football 
The coliseum first saw an Arena Football team when the Greensboro Prowlers of the af2 league played in the coliseum from 1999 until 2004. The team folded due to a poor record and lack of fan support. The Greensboro Revolution of the National Indoor Football League played here in 2006 and 2007. The team ceased operations on January 23, 2008.
Other events 
The Coliseum has hosted many events over time, including Monster Jam, Arenacross, the PBR, High School Musical: The Concert, the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, and large-scale religious gatherings. It's also located between and within an hour's drive of North Carolina's five largest cities: Charlotte, Raleigh, Greensboro, Winston-Salem, and Durham.
In addition, its neighboring auditorium and special events center have hosted concerts, trade shows, broadway theatre shows, and similar events. The auditorium, which was not included in the 1993 renovation of the complex, will soon be renovated to include a banquet hall. In 2002, the 1st Annual King of the Concrete indoor go-kart race was held at this facility.
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