Quirky Attraction: ACC Hall of Champions

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ACC Hall of Champions
Location: Greensboro, North Carolina (1921 West Lee Street)
When to visit: Thursday – Saturday 10 am – 4 pm (closed Sunday through Wednesday)
Cost: $5 adults, $3 kids
Time needed to enjoy: 15-45 minutes
Website: www.acchallofchampions.net

The ACC Hall of Champions is a cool mini-museum where you can learn about the championship history of the Atlantic Coast Conference. And even if you’re not a sports fan, it’s still fun because you get to pose with life-size mascots of every university in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

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This shiny new facility opened in 2011 in the Greensboro Coliseum Complex. The hall has displays of memorabilia from over the years, like signed basketballs, the Duke True Blue soda, and a bobblehead of legendary coach Jim Valvano.

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Another display focuses on women’s basketball.

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Each university has its own kiosk with information about its athletic accomplishments, as well as a full-size mascot. The great thing about having all these mascots in one place is that you can see which ones look really cool (Duke, Wake Forest, North Carolina State) and which ones resemble ridiculous cartoon characters (sorry, Virginia Tech and Clemson.)

The Virginia Tech Hokie is the sad-looking purple-ish bird on the left:

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My favorite is the Wake Forest Demon Deacon.

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Or the Georgia Tech yellow jacket.

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The hall does not have any displays for incoming ACC schools Pittsburgh and Syracuse, but I imagine they’ll rectify that when the schools officially join next year.

Other attractions include a trivia game with questions about ACC history covering all sports. I made a bunch of lucky guesses and ended up destroying the competition. Quirky wins!

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And there’s a broadcast booth where you can announce clips frm conference games. I could’ve been a sports announcer in another life. In fact, when I watch games on tv, I’m usually announcing them in my head. So this gave me a chance to live out that dream.

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Which is your favorite mascot at the ACC Hall of Champions?

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Scott is a Chicago-based journalist and blogger who seeks out quirky sights and awesome destinations throughout North America and beyond.

7 comments on “Quirky Attraction: ACC Hall of Champions

    • That would probably happen, since there was some beginners luck involved. But you should study up on obscure conference championship records in wrestling and gymnastics, just in case. 🙂

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