Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum

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Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum
"The Joel"
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Location2825 University Parkway
Winston-Salem, NC 27105
Coordinates 36°07′40″N80°15′27″W / 36.127866°N 80.257628°W / 36.127866; -80.257628 Coordinates: 36°07′40″N80°15′27″W / 36.127866°N 80.257628°W / 36.127866; -80.257628
Owner Wake Forest University [1]
Operator Wake Forest University
Capacity 14,665 (basketball)
14,407 (multi-purpose) 8,013 Upper level seats & 6,559 Lower level seats including fold out risers
SurfaceMulti-surface
Construction
Broke groundApril 23, 1987
OpenedAugust 19, 1989
Construction cost$20.1 million
($40.6 million in 2018 dollars [2] )
ArchitectEllerbe Becket [3]
General contractorP.J. Dick Contracting [3]
Tenants
Wake Forest Demon Deacons
(men's and women's basketball)

The Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum (also known as LJVM Coliseum, Joel Coliseum or simply The Joel) is a 14,407-seat multi-purpose arena, in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Construction on the arena began on April 23, 1987 and it opened on August 28, 1989. It was named after Lawrence Joel, an Army medic from Winston-Salem who was awarded the Medal of Honor in 1967 for action in Vietnam on November 8, 1965. The memorial was designed by James Ford in New York, and includes the poem "The Fallen" engraved on an interior wall. It is home to the Wake Forest University Demon Deacons men's basketball and women's basketball teams, and is adjacent to the Dixie Classic Fairgrounds. The arena replaced the old Winston-Salem Memorial Coliseum, which was torn down for the LJVM Coliseum's construction.

Arena enclosed area designed to showcase theater, musical performances, or sporting events

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Winston-Salem, North Carolina City in North Carolina, United States

Winston-Salem is a city in and the county seat of Forsyth County, North Carolina, United States. With a 2018 estimated population of 246,328 it is the second largest municipality in the Piedmont Triad region, the fifth most populous city in North Carolina, the third largest urban area in North Carolina, and the eighty-ninth most populous city in the United States. With a metropolitan population of 676,673 it is the fourth largest metropolitan area in North Carolina. Winston-Salem is home to the tallest office building in the region, 100 North Main Street, formerly the Wachovia Building and now known locally as the Wells Fargo Center.

Lawrence Joel United States Army Medal of Honor recipient

Lawrence Joel was a United States Army soldier who served in the Korean and Vietnam Wars. While serving in South Vietnam as a medic with the rank of specialist five assigned to 1st Battalion of the 503rd Infantry Regiment in the 173rd Airborne Brigade, Joel received the Silver Star and the Medal of Honor for his heroism in a battle with the Viet Cong that occurred on November 8, 1965. He was the first medic to earn the Medal of Honor during the Vietnam War and the first living black American to receive this medal since the Spanish–American War in 1898.

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Events

Basketball

The Coliseum before a 2019 Wake Forest game LJVM floor.jpg
The Coliseum before a 2019 Wake Forest game

The LJVM is home to the Wake Forest University men's and women's basketball teams, but other basketball games are held there, such as the Frank Spencer Holiday Classic basketball tournament, an annual event for high school basketball teams in the area. Since 2003, the LJVM has hosted the North Carolina High School Athletic Association (NCHSAA) Western Regional Basketball Tournaments. The LJVM was the site of the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) basketball tournament from 1994 to 1999. Also, the first and second rounds of the NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship have been held at the Coliseum four times (1993, 1997, 2000 and 2007). It also hosted the MEAC Men's Basketball Tournament from 2009 to 2012.

Wake Forest University Private research university in Winston-Salem, NC, US

Wake Forest University is a private research university in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Founded in 1834, the university received its name from its original location in Wake Forest, north of Raleigh, North Carolina. The Reynolda Campus, the university's main campus, has been located north of downtown Winston-Salem since the university moved there in 1956. The Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center campus has two locations, the older one located near the Ardmore neighborhood in central Winston-Salem, and the newer campus at Wake Forest Innovation Quarter downtown. The university also occupies lab space at Biotech Plaza at Innovation Quarter, and at the Center for Nanotechnology and Molecular Materials. The university's Graduate School of Management maintains a presence on the main campus in Winston-Salem and in Charlotte, North Carolina.

The Frank Spencer Holiday Classic is a nationally recognized basketball tournament held in Winston-Salem, North Carolina in late December. The tournament is named after Frank Spencer, former sports editor for the Winston-Salem Journal, and is a significant fundraiser for the high schools of Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools.

Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association

The Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) is a collegiate athletic conference, mostly consisting of historically black colleges and universities. CIAA institutions are affiliated at the Division II level of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA).

In a memorable NCAA second-round game at the Coliseum on March 15, 1997, North Carolina gave head coach Dean Smith victory number 877, surpassing Kentucky legend Adolph Rupp as the winningest college basketball coach in history.

North Carolina Tar Heels mens basketball

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Dean Smith American basketball coach

Dean Edwards Smith was an American men's college basketball head coach. Called a "coaching legend" by the Basketball Hall of Fame, he coached for 36 years at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Smith coached from 1961 to 1997 and retired with 879 victories, which was the NCAA Division I men's basketball record at that time. Smith had the 9th highest winning percentage of any men's college basketball coach (77.6%). During his tenure as head coach, North Carolina won two national championships and appeared in 11 Final Fours. Smith played college basketball at the University of Kansas, where he won a national championship in 1952 playing for Hall of fame coach Phog Allen.

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The Harlem Globetrotters have played in the Coliseum as well.

Harlem Globetrotters Exhibition basketball team

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Wrestling

By 1993, the LJVM had replaced the Greensboro Coliseum as the arena for visits from World Championship Wrestling in the area. It hosted the annual Fall Brawl pay-per-view event from 1996 to 1999 which also featured the WarGames matches from 1996-1998.

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The WarGames match is a match used originally in the National Wrestling Alliance (NWA) and later held annually in World Championship Wrestling (WCW), usually at their Fall Brawl pay-per-view event in September. Dusty Rhodes is cited with coming up with the idea. The match usually involved two teams of either four, five, or more wrestlers locked inside a steel cage that encompassed two rings, but other different variations were made. NXT has used this match type on NXT TakeOver events since 2017.

Concerts

The arena has hosted concerts by many famous artists, spanning many different genres. The LJVM's amply large size makes it an ideal location for performers who wish to perform at smaller venues. The main arena can also be curtained off to create a theater-like setting.

Other events

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Inside of the Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum

The LJVM has played host to large-scale events such as the quarterfinals of the 2007 Davis Cup, but has also hosted racing, bull riding, circus, religious conferences, conventions and other events.

The movie The Longest Ride filmed a bull riding scene at the Coliseum in August 2014. [6]

Barney performed here in 1998 in his first National Tour: "Barney's Big Surprise". The show was filmed here and was later released as a VHS tape.

Coliseum Complex

In addition to its main arena, the LJVM also has an Annex; it seats about 4,000, and is used primarily for hockey, but also for basketball, concerts, trade shows, and other events. The Winston-Salem State University Rams play basketball in the annex. There is also an Education Building available for additional floor space; both buildings are technically located on the Dixie Classic Fairgrounds. Wake Forest University BB&T Field along with its Deacon Tower and Gene Hooks Field at Wake Forest Baseball Park, a baseball stadium, is also considered part of the complex. Bowman Gray Stadium, though not in the vicinity, is technically part of the complex as well. All these buildings combined make up the Winston-Salem Entertainment-Sports Complex, which, with the exception of Bowman Gray Stadium is bordered by University Parkway, 27th Street, Deacon Boulevard, and Shorefair Drive. BB&T Ballpark has replaced Gene Hooks Field in downtown at the intersection of Business 40 and North Carolina Highway 150.

Sale

On May 20, 2013, the Winston-Salem city council approved the sale of the Joel Coliseum to Wake Forest University for $8 million. Wake Forest might consider buying the naming rights to the arena as well, which is currently owned by the city. [7] Wake Forest University completed the purchase of Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum and the surrounding 33 acres on August 1, 2013. Wake Forest plans on making improvements and repairs to Coliseum, according to its Athletic Director Ron Wellman. [8]

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2011–12 Wake Forest Demon Deacons mens basketball team

The 2011–12 Wake Forest Demon Deacons men's basketball team represented Wake Forest University in the 2011–2012 NCAA college basketball season. The head coach was Jeff Bzdelik, who was coaching in his second season at Wake Forest. The team played its home games at Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and was a member of the Atlantic Coast Conference. After another below .500 season, Athletic Director Ron Wellman reaffirmed with an, "Oh, Heavens Yes" that his longtime close friend Head Coach Jeff Bzdelik would continue to be the coach of the Wake Forest men's basketball team for the foreseeable future. In Bzdelik's first 2 seasons, 7 players transferred from the program, while Bzdelik managed to win only 5 ACC games.

2012–13 Wake Forest Demon Deacons mens basketball team

The 2012–13 Wake Forest Demon Deacons men's basketball team represented Wake Forest University during the 2012–13 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. Their head coach was Jeff Bzdelik, who was coaching in his third season at Wake Forest. The team played its home games at the Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and was a member of the Atlantic Coast Conference. They finished the season 13–18, 6–12 in ACC play to finish in a tie for ninth place. They lost in the first round of the ACC Tournament to Maryland.

2013–14 Wake Forest Demon Deacons mens basketball team

The 2013–14 Wake Forest Demon Deacons men's basketball team represented Wake Forest University during the 2013–14 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. Their head coach was Jeff Bzdelik, who was in his fourth season at Wake Forest. The team played its home games at the Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and was a member of the Atlantic Coast Conference. They finished the season 17–16, 6–12 in ACC play to finish in three-way tie for 11th place. They advanced to the second round of the ACC Tournament where they lost to Pittsburgh.

Wake Forest Demon Deacons womens basketball womens college basketball team

The Wake Forest Demon Deacons women's basketball team represents Wake Forest in women's basketball. The school competes in the Atlantic Coast Conference in Division I of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). The Demon Deacons play home basketball games at Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

2014–15 Wake Forest Demon Deacons mens basketball team

The 2014–15 Wake Forest Demon Deacons men's basketball team represented Wake Forest University during the 2014–15 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. The Demon Deacons were led by first-year head coach Danny Manning. The team played home games at the Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and was a member of the Atlantic Coast Conference. They finished the season 13–19, 5–11 in ACC play to finish twelfth place. They lost in the first round of the ACC Tournament to Virginia Tech.

2015–16 Wake Forest Demon Deacons mens basketball team

The 2015–16 Wake Forest Demon Deacons men's basketball team represented Wake Forest University during the 2015–16 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. The Demon Deacons were led by second-year head coach Danny Manning. The team played home games at the Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and were a member of the Atlantic Coast Conference. The Demon Deacons finished season 11–20, 2–16 in ACC play to finish in 14th place. They lost to NC State in the first round of the ACC Tournament.

2016–17 Wake Forest Demon Deacons mens basketball team

The 2016–17 Wake Forest Demon Deacons men's basketball team represented Wake Forest University during the 2016–17 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. The Demon Deacons were led by third-year head coach Danny Manning. The team played their home games at the Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Winston-Salem, North Carolina as a member of the Atlantic Coast Conference. They finished the season 19–14, 9–9 in ACC play to finish in tenth place. They defeated Boston College in the first round of the ACC Tournament to advance to the second round where they lost to Virginia Tech. They received an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament as a No. 11 seed in the South region. There they lost in the First Four to Kansas State.

2017–18 Wake Forest Demon Deacons mens basketball team

The 2017–18 Wake Forest Demon Deacons men's basketball team represented Wake Forest University during the 2017–18 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. The Demon Deacons were led by fourth-year head coach Danny Manning and played their home games at the Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Winston-Salem, North Carolina as members of the Atlantic Coast Conference. They finished the season 11–20, 4–14 in ACC play to finish in 14th place. They lost in the first round of the ACC Tournament to Syracuse.

2018–19 Wake Forest Demon Deacons mens basketball team

The 2018–19 Wake Forest Demon Deacons men's basketball team represents Wake Forest University during the 2018–19 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. The Demon Deacons are led by fifth-year head coach Danny Manning and play their home games at the Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Winston-Salem, North Carolina as members of the Atlantic Coast Conference.

2019–20 Wake Forest Demon Deacons mens basketball team

The 2019–20 Wake Forest Demon Deacons men's basketball team represents Wake Forest University during the 2019–20 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. The Demon Deacons are led by sixth-year head coach Danny Manning and play their home games at the Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Winston-Salem, North Carolina as members of the Atlantic Coast Conference.

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