There is a big debate around campus on where the Spartans men’s basketball team should play its home games.
The Spartans played in Fleming Gymnasium from the 1989-1990 season through the 2008-2009 season. The Spartans had some success while they played in Fleming Gymnasium with multiple NCAA tournament appearances and the conference tournament champions in during those two decades (1996, 2001). The team was also the conference regular season champion in 1995, 1996 and 2002.
However, it became time for the men’s basketball program to make some changes.
During the 2009-2010 season, the Spartans officially moved their home games to the Greensboro Coliseum Complex. Also, former North Carolina basketball player Wes Miller was brought into coach the Spartans starting in the 2011-2012 season.
Unfortunately, the Spartans have not had much success while having their home games in the Coliseum. Their best record during this span at the Coliseum is 14-18, which was back during their 2013-2014 campaign.
So, the question arises: Where should the Spartans play their homes games? Should they play in the Greensboro Coliseum or Fleming Gymnasium?
Around campus, fellow UNCG students discussed about this topic and had insightful opinions on the subject.
“I would much rather go to a basketball game at Fleming Gymnasium,” junior Austin Elmore said. “I think that the atmosphere is much better in Fleming. I would love to go to a packed out Fleming Gymnasium with a lot of students close together and having fun than a less than one-fourth full Greensboro Coliseum, where everyone is so far spread out it doesn’t seem like there is hardly anyone there.”
Having attended a couple of UNC-Greensboro basketball games at the Greensboro Coliseum myself, Elmore is telling the truth about attendance.
It seems like the games at the Coliseum does not carry the support for the Spartans like Fleming does. Because of the immense size of the Coliseum, I have personally never seen the stands full like in Fleming.
Other students agree that they would go to more basketball games if they were in Fleming Gymnasium, instead of the Greensboro Coliseum.
“I would probably go to more if it was in Fleming,” junior Kate Ellis said. “I am on or around campus a lot ,and the convenience of being able to just walk over to the gymnasium and take a study break from the library, or watch a game straight after class would be much more exciting to me then having to worry about driving all the way to the Coliseum.”
It would be so much more accessible to stay on campus and go to a game at Fleming Gymnasium, while the Greensboro Coliseum is not located on campus, which makes it harder for students to get to the game, especially if they do not have a vehicle or feel like riding the bus. If games were on campus, students and faculty and staff could walk to the basketball game and support their Spartans.
Other aspects brought up were some benefits of having the games on campus.
“One of the benefits of having the game on campus would be increased student attendance due to not having to pay for parking,” senior Josh Moore said. “Also, having the game on campus would allow for a better game atmosphere in the Fleming Gym.”
While UNCG students get into the games free at the Greensboro Coliseum with their UNCG ID, they do still have to pay for parking, which is a hassle when going to the Greensboro Coliseum.
Some people may wonder why they should go to a game.
“Students should go to the games as a way to assimilate within the university community,” junior Eric Gohn said. “It’s a chance for the students to come together as a single unit in support of UNCG and its athletic program.”