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Greensboro Coliseum Offers to Be ACC “Bubble Site”

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The NBA and NHL have capitalized on the idea of playing theirs seasons at “Bubble Sites,” with the MLB deciding to do so with the playoffs. If the NCAA or ACC were to decide to make that shift, Greensboro Coliseum, a regular host for the ACC Basketball Championships, is ready to be a viable option.

In an Aug. 31 memo to Paul Brazeau, the ACC’s associate commissioner for men’s basketball, Coliseum deputy director Scott Johnson outlined concepts, proposals and costs for a compressed basketball season that would limit exposure to the outside world as it deals with the global coronavirus pandemic.

Under the proposal, the Coliseum’s arena, the Fieldhouse and the Special Events Center could host games and practices from Nov. 23 through Jan. 10, 2021, at an estimated total cost of $710,000 to the league.

“Our understanding,” Johnson wrote, “is the premise would be the teams, referees, staff, TV, etc. would stay at one hotel, the Sheraton, and the ‘bubble’ would be the Sheraton, on a bus to/from the Coliseum Complex and playing games or practices in the Fieldhouse and Greensboro Coliseum. The intention may be to play regular-season games from Thanksgiving through early January and the games would be televised or tape delayed.” (News&Record)

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