Winston-Salem Entertainment Sports Complex
When it comes to sports and entertainment facilities,
no venue has everything you need more than the Winston-Salem Entertainment Sports Complex in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
The complex is comprised of six total venues, hosting everything from concerts to football, NASCAR to baseball, hockey to
trade shows. Everything you need really is in one place. TheWinston-Salem Entertainment Sports Complex is home to many teams
like the Wake Forest Demon Deacons college football, baseball and basketball teams, the Winston-Salem State Rams football
and basketball teams, World Championship Wrestling, and minor league baseball's Winston-Salem Dash.
As the Winston Salem
community grew and Wake Forest University athletics thrived, it became apparent to the school and area that a complex was
needed to house the multiple athletic programs playing in the area. Though bond measures to fund the complex failed in the
mid 1970's, support from Wake Forest to build the complex finally came through in 1984 when Dr. Thomas Hearn, the president
of Wake Forest University pledge $2.5 million to the project. With the wheels on the long desired project in motion, the $20
million bond referendum was passed in June of 1985 and the dream of 33 acres of state of the art sports and entertainment
venues in Winston Salem became a reality.
The complex was to be a memorial for war veterans from the Winston Salem Community,
and the main venue was named the Lawrence Joel Memorial Coliseum. Lawrence Joel was a veteran of both the Korean and Vietnam
wars, and served his country with great heroism as a medic in Vietnam. He received the Silver Medal and Medal of Honor for
his brave duties as a medic during a fight where his battalion was outmatched by the Viet Cong. Lawrence Joel risked his life
several times to treat and save his wounded soldiers, even after he was shot twice himself. The Winston Salem Community is
proud to celebrate the heroism of this local hero everyday by naming the communities largest sports and entertainment venue
after Army Sergeant First Class Lawrence Joel.
When it comes to hosting live sports and
entertainment events, it's hard to find a better and more comprehensive complex than that Winston-Salem Entertainments Sports
Complex. This complex is comprised of a state of the art arena, fairgrounds, annex, theater and a club. The Lawrence Joel
Memorial Coliseum is home to the Wake Forest Deacon Demons men's basketball team as they host their fellow Atlantic Coast
Conference (ACC) heavyweights Duke Blue Devils and North Carolina Tar Heels every year, which is always a hot tickets in Winston-Salem.
The Lawrence Joel Memorial Coliseum has been home to two of the NBA's best players, Los Angeles Clippers point guard Chris
Paul and 2 time MVP and four time World Champion Tim Duncan.The venue has also played host to the NCAA Tournament final four
times and has been the site of many memorable NCAA Tournament games, including a 1997 send round win for North Carolina, where
Coach Dean Smith became the NCAA all time wins leader.
When it comes to entertainment, the Winston-Sales Entertainment
Sports Complex has been a top draw from some of music's biggest stars. In October of 1997, the legendary Elton John recorded
the largest grossing concert ever recorded at the venue. Country superstar Garth Brooks became the fastest sellout for four
consecutive concerts on his Sevens Tour in March of 1998. Records are meant to be broken when an acoustic show featuring Dave
Matthews and Tim Reynolds became the fastest sellout in venue history in 2003. Acts from hip hop greats like Ludacris, DMX
and Lil Wayne have played the Joel Coliseum all the way to bands like Phish, Nine Inch Nails, Neil Diamond as well as legends
like B.B. King, The Beach Boys and Tina Turner. All the big acts come to the Winston-Salem Entertainment Sports Complex, so
check the schedule and see when your favorite team or artists is coming to Winston-Salem.
Known as the City of Arts, Winston-Salem, North Carolina enjoys a colorful and diverse community. It was settled
as far back as 1753, and was built in the spirit of entrepreneurship and through the years has grown to the fourth largest
city in North Carolina. These days, visitors to Winston-Salem will be drawn in by the friendly atmosphere of this "Tobacco
Road" community and will fall in love with the atmosphere of culture and creativity that the "City of Arts" has to offer.
Whether you choose to take in a Wake Forest Deacon Demons basketball game at the Lawrence Joel Memorial Coliseum, wander through
the city's many art galleries and museums, or even head out to wine taste in the Yadkin Valley, Winston-Salem is full of memorable
adventures for everyone.
No matter the event, the Winston-Salem Entertainment Sports Complex
has the venue to make your experience the best possible. The Lawrence Joel Memorial Coliseum can seat up to 14,665 for a basketball
game and over 15,000 people for concerts. For a more intimate venue, the Joel Theater can seat up to 5,000 people in this
upscale and lovely theater. The Coliseum Annex is another venue that can house many different events, including 3,500 fans
in an arena style set up and 4,500 for concerts. The complex can host almost any sport or entertainment event you can think
Winston-Salem Entertainment Sports Complex Trivia
With six total venues comprising the Winston-Salem
Entertainment Sports Complex, what is the size of this massive area?
The complex sits on 33 acres of land including