2015 ACC Men’s Basketball Tournament Event Guide
The Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) will hold their men’s basketball tournament from March 10-14 at the Greensboro Coliseum, in Greensboro, North Carolina for the third straight year. The legacies of Duke and North Carolina are shown year in and year out in the tournament, as one of these teams are typically found in the championship game. 1996 was the last ACC tournament which didn’t feature the Blue Devils or the Tarheels playing in the championship game. Will one of them be playing for this year’s title?
It opened in 1959 and has underwent renovation three times, and been expanded four times since opening. The coliseum offers 22,000 seats for spectators and underwent construction in 2011 to add four unique venues to the complex. One of those is the ACC Hall of Champions, something that all spectators of the tournament will want to see. The 8,100 square-foot museum showcases ACC history through displays, program space, and exhibits that will make jaws drop. Parents who are bringing their kids will watch their child’s eyes light up when seeing the life-size school mascot exhibits. While the younger crowd is mesmerized by the mascots, ACC die-hards can challenge one another in head-to-head competition, testing their knowledge of ACC sports.
Parking and Seating
The Greensboro Coliseum offers over 6,000 on-site parking spaces that range from $5-$20 dollars depending on the event. Here is a map that would be worth printing out, because not only does it show where the parking is, but it outlines many facets of the complex.
When it comes to purchasing your ticket, this next graphic is extremely important to you. The stadium has already outlined where they will be placing fans of certain teams, so it is important that you try to get tickets in your team’s zone. The last thing you want is to be an avid Tarheel fan sitting right in the middle of the Duke section.
Nearby Greensboro Coliseum
The ACC tournament has provided a Fan Guide for people planning on attending the tournament. It offers numerous suggestions such as where to eat, where to stay and must-see attractions. If you want to enjoy an exquisite meal, go to Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar. They consider to be experts in the art of cooking of the steak, as well as being wine experts. Their wine list is headlined by their award-winning collection of 100 wines by the glass.
If you’re not in the mood for a fine dining experience, there are plenty of casual dining opportunities and sports bars for you to enjoy before, or after the game. Carrabba’s Italian Grill, Olive Garden, and Pastabilities offer great Italian food to their guests. If beer and wings is your middle name, then you’ll most likely end up at East Coast Wings, a great wing place in Greensboro. Personally speaking, you can’t go wrong with the honey barbecue wings. You won’t be disappointed.
As it was alluded to earlier, the ACC Hall of Champions is a must-see. Greensboro also offers great shopping venues, such as the Four Seasons Town Centre, and The Shops at Friendly. If you are a history guru, there are three neat museums that are worth seeing. Depending on your preferences, you could find yourself at either Greensboro Historical Museum, the Guilford Courthouse National Military Park, or the International Civil Rights Center & Museum.
2015 ACC Basketball Tournament Game Schedule
Teams like North Carolina, Duke, Virginia, Notre Dame, and Louisville are considered favorites to win the tournament, but a few other teams have the potential to make a surprise run. Pittsburgh and Syracuse are two teams that will look to be spoilers and make a deep run to boost their tournament resume. The game schedule for the tournament is as follows.
Opening day – Tuesday, March 10
Game 1 #12 Seed vs. #13 Seed
Game 2 #11 Seed vs. #14 Seed
Second round – Wednesday, March 11
Game 3 #8 Seed vs. #9 Seed
Game 4 #5 Seed vs. Game 1 Winner
Game 5 #7 Seed vs. #10 Seed
Game 6 #6 Seed vs. Game 2 Winner
Quarterfinals – Thursday, March 12
Game 7 #1 Seed vs. Game 3 Winner
Game 8 #4 Seed vs. Game 4 Winner
Game 9 #2 Seed vs. Game 5 Winner
Game 10 #3 Seed vs. Game 6 Winner
Semifinals – Friday, March 13
Game 11 Game 7 Winner vs. Game 8 Winner
Game 12 Game 9 Winner vs. Game 10 Winner
Championship – Saturday, March 14
Game 13 Game 11 Winner vs. Game 12 Winner
The ACC tournament is typically one of the best tournaments each year and this year will be no different. This is a loaded conference, arguably the best in college basketball, and fans will experience these teams playing at a high caliber.