Scenes From The 2019 ACC Basketball Tournament

Scenes From The 2019 ACC Basketball Tournament

The Atlantic Coast Conference has changed, and with it so has its postseason tournament. Instead of being a weekend event, it’s now an almost weeklong event. Instead of a field of eight local teams, it’s now a field of 15 teams across 10 different states. Instead of an annual event in Greensboro, it moves along the eastern seaboard year-by-year. As they say, it’s not your daddy’s ACC anymore.

Greensboro Coliseum – UNC Greensboro Spartans

Greensboro Coliseum – UNC Greensboro Spartans

Although ACC basketball undoubtedly has its fingerprints on the town’s history and culture, the UNC-Greensboro men’s basketball team is now the Coliseum’s full-time tenant. The Spartans moved permanently from the on-campus Fleming Gymnasium in 2010. The Spartans returned to the NCAA Tournament in 2018 after a 17-year hiatus

Reitz Arena – Loyola Greyhounds

Reitz Arena – Loyola Greyhounds

The Reitz Arena atmosphere is typical for a school of its size and athletic emphasis. The 2,100 seats are rarely all occupied, but that’s not to imply that the atmosphere is bad at all. Despite not being the largest school, the students seem to feel a great sense of community with their classmates as they cheer them on.

L.P. Frans Stadium – Hickory Crawdads

L.P. Frans Stadium – Hickory Crawdads

The Hickory Crawdads were bought by the Texas Rangers back in 2017. The Rangers have been generous in their allocation of resources for the upkeep of L.P. Frans Stadium, and it shows. This is a new pattern we’re seeing more and more of – major league teams buying their minor league affiliates and assisting in the development of coaching staffs and facilities. While in today’s landscape many teams feel the need to tear down and start over, the Crawdads and Rangers have successfully joined forces to ensure L.P. Frans Stadium ages in place.

Appalachian Power Park – West Virginia Power

Appalachian Power Park – West Virginia Power

It’s hard not to feel at home in the state John Denver described as “almost heaven.” The great thing about Appalachian Power Park is that it fits perfectly next to the Blue Ridge Mountains and Shenandoah River. It doesn’t try and be something it’s not – the Power embraces the cozy nature of the Mountain State. A trip to a Power game feels less like a typical ballgame and more like a mountain retreat.

Five County Stadium – Carolina Mudcats

Five County Stadium – Carolina Mudcats

What stadium chasers love about sporting venues is that no two are exactly alike. With Five County Stadium, you would be hard pressed to find a venue like it. The Mudcats play in the metropolitan area of a major city, but their home ballpark doesn’t feel big time at all. Instead, it feels like a ballfield surrounded by farmland, and that’s okay. Minor League teams moving into shiny new downtown ballparks has become the norm, but the Mudcats seem content where they are.