Presidential candidate Richard Nixon, shown during a 1960 campaign stop in Greensboro, blamed his loss in the 1960 election on events that started when he bumped his knee against a car door at the coliseum. The Greensboro Coliseum complex is an indoor arena in Greensboro, North Carolina. It hosted the Greensboro Regional in the Women's NCAA Tournament in 2007 and 2008. Supporter levels begin at just $2/month. 1997 – 1999 / Greensboro Coliseum, *Hartford*  It has also hosted the MEAC Men's Basketball Tournament ten times. The main pool is used for events by nearby high schools, colleges, and USA Swimming events, and can hold eight 50-meter (long course) lanes or 20 short course competition lanes plus a warmup pool. Oshust said that some spectators at basketball and hockey games that week jeered announcements made over the public address system. 38. The arena was heavily renovated in 1993-1994, bring it up to its current configuration, through future expansions are planned. Managing director Matt Brown is the city's highest-paid employee.  For Spartans games, most of the upper level is curtained off. 55. Finally, a point for the pregame tailgating that occurs before puck drop. The Coliseum was also the site of auditions for American Idol, Season 5 on October 3, 2005. It has hosted the Men's ACC Tournament twenty-three times since 1967 and the Women's ACC Tournament twelve times since 2000. The Greensboro Coliseum has hosted the ACC Men's Basketball Tournament twenty-two times through the 2010 season, the most of any arena, and another four are scheduled. Simply put, there is not much in the immediate vicinity of PNC Arena; Backyard Bistro is the only restaurant within walking distance. The second decade has seen a rough patch with losing seasons, attendance declines, and relocation rumors. , To meet demands, the Coliseum expanded its seating to 15,000 in 1972. There are loads of concessions / retail spots around the arena that cater to the fans but they are weak in comparison to what I&#039ve experienced at NBA and NFL games. It features numerous exhibits including an interactive broadcast booth, memorabilia, a video globe and school mascots. Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus came to town in March 1960 for the first of what became an annual visit by the “Greatest Show On Earth.” Through 2014, crowds watched as its elephants and other animals walked from the circus train at the Pomona rail yard to the coliseum. GREENSBORO — Without the Greensboro Coliseum complex, former Mayor Jim Melvin once said, "We would be just a big country town.". The Special Events Center also features a 4,300 seat theater set-up for concerts and sporting events. In practice, Wake Forest played most of its ACC games during this period at the Coliseum. Mayor William H. Sullivan proposed the coliseum in 1944 as a memorial auditorium to the city's war dead. They are members of the Metropolitan Division of the Eastern Conference of the National Hockey League (NHL). Another presidential hopeful, Sen. Barack Obama, hosted a Town Hall Meeting at War Memorial Auditorium on March 26, 2008, during his campaign tour.