It Was All About the Stuffed Mascots and the Pool

1 Jun

If you’ve ever wanted to see an ACC mascot up close and personal, then the ACC Hall of Champions is the place for you to visit. The Allen Tate Company recently celebrated the Triad Region’s First Quarter VIP agents at the new ACC Hall of Champions and Greensboro Aquatic Center. Each quarter we visit a different venue to celebrate our top performers and to learn more about what our area has to offer its residents. It’s hard to say whether the agents had more fun checking out the mascot costumes or the Olympic pool at the nearby Aquatic Center.

While there was a lot of picture taking with the life-size mascots, and an overall agreement that most of us weren’t interested or able to swim the length of the pool, we did learn some interesting facts about the venues:

The ACC Hall of Champions:

  • Debuted with a ribbon cutting ceremony on March 2, 2011 and opened to the general public on March 3, 2011, the first day of the 2011 ACC Women’s Basketball Tournament
  • The first phase consists of 8,100 square feet and a historical timeline of the ACC’s founding in Greensboro in 1953
  • The exhibit also features a display or historical memorabilia and other items from each ACC school, and a life-sized mascot (photo opportunities with you favorite abound!)
  • The entrance to the ACC Hall of Champions features a four-foot, 360-degree, state-of-the-art video globe that plays highlights of the ACC
  • Hours of operation are Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 10:00am to 4:00pm, and admission is $5 per person

Greensboro Aquatic Center

  • Opened in August, 2011 – a 78,323 square-foot indoor, state of the art swim facility known as the GAC.
  • If you put all the pools of the center together it equals 17,895 square feet or approximately 1.5 million gallons of water
  • The competition pool can actually be configured into 10 different shapes with the aid of two moveable fiberglass bulkheads
  • Is open Monday- Friday from 5:00am to 9:00pm, Saturday’s from 7:00am to 7:00pm, and Sunday’s from 10:30am to 5:30pm
  • The GAC will bring together all major aquatic sports – competitive swimming and diving, water polo, synchronized swimming and other unique sports all in one venue.  GAC meets NCAA and FINA standards and will offer Greensboro the opportunity to host high school and collegiate events, USA swimming events, Master’s swimming and US Water Polo events
  • The ACC recently announced their 2013, 2014, and 2016 swimming and diving championships will take place at GAC
  • Membership is offered, as well as swimming lessons for the general public

The Allen Tate VIP event at the Hall of Champions and Aquatic Center was deemed a win by all those agents who earned a spot at the VIP event. (Congratulations to those agents!) A fitting description when you visit two of the Triad Region’s most famous sporting venues.

By Tony Jarrett (Regional Vice President, Triad)

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