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)
Time needed: 15-45 minutes
The ACC Hall of Champions is a cool mini-museum where you can learn about the championship history of the Atlantic Coast Conference. It’s one of the coolest things to do in Greensboro, North Carolina!
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 ACC.
The Duke Blue Devil mascot is definitely one of the coolest looking in the building. Not only do they have successful sports programs, but Duke also wins the mascot competition!
About the ACC Hall of Champions
This shiny new facility opened in 2011 in the Greensboro Coliseum Complex. It was designed to support the motto “Tradition of Excellence… Then, Now and Always.”
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.
It’s part of a historical timeline that begins with the ACC’s founding in 1953 and moves up through modern times.
Another display focuses on women’s basketball.
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:
My favorite might be the Wake Forest Demon Deacon.
Or the Georgia Tech yellow jacket.
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!
And there’s a broadcast booth where you can announce clips from 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.
About Visiting the Hall
The hall did not initially have any displays for Pittsburgh and Syracuse, but that was rectified after those schools officially joined the ACC.
As the ACC keeps expanding in this crazy college football landscape, adding Stanford, California, and SMU, the ACC Hall of Champions will have to expand to keep up as well.
These new schools obviously have no history yet within the conference, but they have lengthy histories in the NCAA. It will be interesting to see how the Hall handles these new schools.
Official members of the ACC currently:
North Carolina State
Notre Dame (all sports except football)
Incoming schools in 2024:
The ACC Champions Hall is only open from 10 to 4 on Friday and Saturday, so plan accordingly. There’s a large free parking lot on-site.
The facility does sometimes offer extended hours when Greensboro hosts NCAA tournament games and the city is full of visitors.
The Hall is a cool idea, although they could’ve done more with each of the individual school displays.
Something like this should be more popular than it actually is. I guess in some ways it’s a victim of the fact that Greensboro isn’t a tourist hotspot.
When I visited, admission was $5, but the ACC Hall of Champions currently offers free admission.
Looking for more North Carolina attractions? See the Andy Griffith statue in Raleigh, the Ava Gardner Museum, the bear statues of New Bern, a guide to Smoky Mountains National Park, the Birthplace of Pepsi Museum, camping at Croatan National Forest, and my strange experience trying North Carolina BBQ.
Which is your favorite mascot at the ACC Hall of Champions?