Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum
2825 University Parkway|
Winston-Salem, NC 27105
|Owner||Wake Forest University|
|Operator||Wake Forest University|
14,407 (multi-purpose) 8,013 Upper level seats & 6,559 Lower level seats including fold out risers
|Broke ground||April 23, 1987|
|Opened||August 19, 1989|
($38.4 million in 2016 dollars)
|General contractor||P.J. Dick Contracting|
Wake Forest Demon Deacons|
(men's and women's basketball)
The Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum (also known as LJVM Coliseum, Joel Coliseum or simply The Joel) is a 14,407-seat multi-purpose arena, in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Construction on the arena began on April 23, 1987 and it opened on August 28, 1989. It was named after Lawrence Joel, an Army medic from Winston-Salem who was awarded the Medal of Honor in 1967 for action in Vietnam on November 8, 1965. The memorial was designed by James Ford in New York, and includes the poem "The Fallen" engraved on an interior wall. It is home to the Wake Forest University Demon Deacons men's basketball and women's basketball teams, and is adjacent to the Dixie Classic Fairgrounds. The arena replaced the old Winston-Salem Memorial Coliseum, which was torn down for the LJVM Coliseum's construction.
The LJVM is home to the Wake Forest University men's and women's basketball teams, but other basketball games are held there, such as the Frank Spencer Holiday Classic basketball tournament, an annual event for high school basketball teams in the area. Since 2003, the LJVM has hosted the North Carolina High School Athletic Association (NCHSAA) Western Regional Basketball Tournaments. The LJVM was the site of the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) basketball tournament from 1994 to 1999. Also, the first and second rounds of the NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship have been held at the Coliseum four times (1993, 1997, 2000 and 2007). It has also hosted the MEAC Men's Basketball Tournament since 2009.
In a memorable NCAA second-round game at the Coliseum on March 15, 1997, North Carolina gave head coach Dean Smith victory number 877, surpassing Kentucky legend Adolph Rupp as the winningest college basketball coach in history.
The Harlem Globetrotters have played in the Coliseum as well.
By 1993, the LJVM had replaced the Greensboro Coliseum as the arena for visits from World Championship Wrestling in the area. It hosted the annual Fall Brawl pay-per-view event from 1996 to 1999 which featured the WarGames matches.
The arena has hosted concerts by many famous artists, spanning many different genres. The LJVM's amply large size makes it an ideal location for performers who wish to perform at smaller venues. The main arena can also be curtained off to create a theater-like setting.
|List of Concerts|
|311||Transistor Tour||December 1, 1997||Sugar Ray|
|Soundsystem Tour||February 28, 2000||Jimmie's Chicken Shack & Incubus|
|Evolver Tour||November 7, 2003||Alien Ant Farm|
|AC/DC||Ballbreaker World Tour||September 3, 1996||N/A|
|Acquire the Fire||—||March 30, 2007||N/A|
|March 31, 2007|
|Alan Jackson||Freight Train Tour||November 19, 2010||N/A|
|Avenged Sevenfold||Sounding the Seventh Trumpet Tour||June 26, 2002||N/A|
|B.B. King||Blues Summit Tour||January 27, 1994||N/A|
|The Beach Boys||Stars and Stripes Vol. 1 Tour||October 13, 1996||N/A|
|Billy Joel||1999 Tour||February 9, 1999||N/A|
|Blue Man Group||How to Be a Megasta Tour 2.1||February 14, 2008||N/A|
|Bob Dylan||Never Ending Tour 1991||May 4, 1991||N/A|
|Never Ending Tour 2002||February 8, 2002|
|Never Ending Tour 2010||October 16, 2010|
|Boston Pops Orchestra||—||December 1, 2008||N/A|
|Brad Paisley||Time Well Wasted Tour||November 18, 2005||Sara Evans & Sugarland|
|Bush||1996 Tour||February 23, 1996||No Doubt & Goo Goo Dolls|
|Razorblade Suitcase Tour||April 3, 1997||Veruca Salt|
|Carrie Underwood||Carnival Ride Tour||October 24, 2008||Little Big Town|
|Celtic Woman||Songs from the Heart Tour||February 26, 2011||N/A|
|Cher||Living Proof: The Farewell Tour||September 15, 2004||N/A|
|Chris Paul’s Winston-Salem Weekend Concert||—||September 18, 2008||N/A|
|Chris Tomlin||Hello Love Tour||April 9, 2009||Israel & New Breed|
|Dashboard Confessional||Dusk and Summer Tour||November 15, 2006||Brand New|
|Dave Matthews & Tim Reynolds||2003 Tour||March 28, 2003||N/A|
|Dave Matthews Band||Crash Tour||December 28, 1996||Béla Fleck and the Flecktones|
|David Lee Roth||DLR Band Tour||June 23, 1999||Bad Company|
|Delirious?||Fire Tour||September 14, 2002||All Star United|
|Kingdom of Comfort Tour||March 13, 2008||Tree63|
|March 14, 2008|
|March 15, 2008|
|Dierks Bentley||High Times & Hangovers Tour||October 14, 2006||Miranda Lambert & Randy Rogers Band|
|Dixie Chicks||Fly Tour||August 26, 2000||N/A|
|Dolly Parton||Hello I'm Dolly Tour||November 7, 2004||The Grascals|
|Elton John||Big Picture Tour||October 10, 1997||N/A|
|Peachtree Road Tour||November 9, 2005|
|40th Anniversary of the Rocket Man Tour||April 6, 2013|
|Gaither Homecoming||2010 Tour||November 13, 2010||N/A|
|2013 Tour||April 26, 2013|
|Garth Brooks||Sevens Tour||March 25, 1998||N/A|
|March 26, 1998|
|March 27, 1998|
|March 28, 1998|
|Gretchen Wilson||Redneck Revolution Tour||February 3, 2006||Blaine Larsen & Van Zant|
|Hilary Duff||Still Most Wanted Tour||July 30, 2005||Tyler Hilton & Teddy Geiger|
|Hinder||Badboys of Rock Tour||September 16, 2007||Papa Roach, Fuel, Buckcherry & Rev Theory|
|Judas Priest||Epitaph World Tour||November 27, 2011||Thin Lizzy & Black Label Society|
|Kelly Clarkson & Clay Aiken||Independent Tour||March 14, 2004||The Beu Sisters|
|Lil Wayne||2008 Tour||April 26, 2008||Mr. Carter, Baby & Crime Mob|
|Ludacris||WSSU Homecoming||October 7, 2006||Yung Joc|
|Lupe Fiasco||2010 Tour||October 8, 2010||DJ Lil' Boy|
|Marilyn Manson||Dead to the World Tour||April 19, 1997||Helmet & Rasputina|
|Rock Is Dead Tour||April 2, 1999||Monster Magnet|
|Mark Chesnutt||Mark Chesnutt Tour||November 30, 2002||Joe Diffie & Tracy Lawrence|
|Martina McBride||The Waking Up Laughing Tour||June 2, 2007||Jack Ingram, Little Big Town & Rodney Atkins|
|Matchbox 20||More Than You Think You Are Tour||September 28, 2003||Sugar Ray & Maroon 5|
|Michael W. Smith||2009 Tour||October 24, 2009||N/A|
|Molly Hatchet||2006 Tour||August 26, 2006||Blackfoot|
|Music as a Weapon||2011 Tour||February 1, 2011||N/A|
|Neil Diamond||1993 Tour||March 3, 1993||N/A|
|The Movie Album: As Time Goes By Tour||December 11, 1998|
|Newsboys||The Story Music Tour||December 9, 2011||Steven Curtis Chapman, Natalie Grant, Francesca Battistelli, Anthem Lights & Selah|
|Nine Inch Nails||Further Down the Spiral Tour||November 23, 1994||Marilyn Manson & Jim Rose Circus|
|O-Town||O-Town Tour||August 23, 2001||N/A|
|Onyx||Survival of the Illest Tour||July 4, 1998||Def Squad & DMX|
|Parachute Band||2010 Tour||March 18, 2010||N/A|
|March 19, 2010|
|March 20, 2010|
|April 18, 2010|
|April 19, 2010|
|April 20, 2010|
|Pantera||The Great Southern Trendkill Tour||September 5, 1997||N/A|
|Papa Roach & Buckcherry||Rock Allegiance Tour||September 9, 2011||Puddle of Mudd, P.O.D., RED, Crossfade & Drive A|
|Phish||Hoist Tour||April 21, 1994||Dave Matthews Bsnd|
|1995 Tour||November 21, 1995||N/A|
|Phish Destroys America Tour||November 23, 1997|
|The Story of the Ghost Tour||November 19, 1998|
|Piedmont Wind Symphony||Guest Artist Concert||May 22, 2008||Arturo Sandoval & Three Dog Night|
|Primus||Punchbowl Tour||November 29, 1995||Meat Puppets|
|Radio City Christmas Spectacular||2009 Tour||December 4, 2009||N/A|
|December 5, 2009|
|Rascal Flatts||Melt Tour||October 10, 2003||Chris Cagle & Brian McComas|
|Here's to You Tour||November 6, 2004||Gary Allan, Blake Shelton & Keith Anderson|
|Bob That Head Tour||January 24, 2008||Jessica Simpson|
|Reba McEntire & Kelly Clarkson||2 Worlds 2 Voices Tour||January 25, 2008||Melissa Peterman|
|Sounds of the Underground||2005 Tour||June 30, 2005||N/A|
|Styx||Can't Stop Rockin' Tour||November 12, 2009||REO Speedwagon & .38 Special|
|Switchfoot & Relient K||Appetite for Construction Tour||November 2, 2007||Ruth|
|Sublime with Rome||Sublime with Rome Tour||October 22, 2010||The Dirty Heads|
|Sugarland||Change for Change Tour||September 29, 2007||Little Big Town & Jake Owen|
|T. Graham Brown||The Next Right Thing Tour||August 7, 2004||N/A|
|Tesla||Psychotic Supper Tour||May 15, 1992||FireHouse|
|Tiësto||Club Life Tour||September 22, 2011||Porter Robinson|
|Tina Turner||Wildest Dreams Tour||July 2, 1997||Cyndi Lauper|
|Tool||Lateralus Tour||November 2, 2002||Meshuggah|
|10,000 Days Tour||June 13, 2007||Melt-Banana|
|Union Station||2004 Tour||June 3, 2004||Jerry Douglas|
|Vince Gill||High Lonesome Sound Tour||March 20, 1997||Bryan White|
|White Zombie||Astro-Creep: 2000 Tour||June 28, 1996||N/A|
|Widespread Panic||Everyday Tour||October 2, 1993||Blues Traveler|
|1994 Tour||March 17, 1994||N/A|
|1998 Tour||November 6, 1998|
|'Til the Medicine Takes Tour||November 26, 1999||Dirty Dozen Brass Band|
|2002 Tour||November 6, 2002||Karl Denson's Tiny Universe|
|Wiz Khalifa & Yelawolf||Waken Baken Tour||November 10, 2010||Big K.R.I.T. & DJ Bonics|
|Zac Brown Band||You Get What You Give Tour||April 6, 2011||Blackberry Smoke|
|ZZ Top||Gang of Outlaws Tour||June 1, 2012||3 Doors Down & Gretchen Wilson|
The movie The Longest Ride filmed a bull riding scene at the Coliseum in August 2014.
Barney performed here in 1998 in his first National Tour: "Barney's Big Surprise". The show was filmed here and was later released as a VHS tape.
In addition to its main arena, the LJVM also has an Annex; it seats about 4,000, and is used primarily for hockey, but also for basketball, concerts, trade shows, and other events. The Winston-Salem State University Rams play basketball in the annex. There is also an Education Building available for additional floor space; both buildings are technically located on the Dixie Classic Fairgrounds. Wake Forest University BB&T Field along with its Deacon Tower and Gene Hooks Field at Wake Forest Baseball Park, a baseball stadium, is also considered part of the complex.Bowman Gray Stadium, though not in the vicinity, is technically part of the complex as well. All these buildings combined make up the Winston-Salem Entertainment-Sports Complex, which, with the exception of Bowman Gray Stadium is bordered by University Parkway, 27th Street, Deacon Boulevard, and Shorefair Drive. BB&T Ballpark has replaced Gene Hooks Field in downtown at the intersection of Business 40 and North Carolina Highway 150.
On May 20, 2013, the Winston-Salem city council approved the sale of the Joel Coliseum to Wake Forest University for $8 million. Wake Forest might consider buying the naming rights to the arena as well, which is currently owned by the city. Wake Forest University completed the purchased of Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum and the surrounding 33 acres on August 1, 2013. Wake Forest plans on making improvements and repairs to Coliseum, according to its Athletic Director Ron Wellman.
- Associated Press (August 1, 2013). "Wake Forest buys Joel Coliseum". ESPN.com. Retrieved August 2, 2013.
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- "Local organizations offered money to provide extras for 'The Longest Ride'". Myfox8.com. 6 August 2014. Retrieved 17 September 2016.
- "City Council OKs sale of Joel Coliseum". Winston-Salem Journal. May 21, 2013. Retrieved May 21, 2013.
- "Wake Forest's purchase of Joel Coliseum officially completed". Winston-Salem Journal. August 1, 2013. Retrieved August 2, 2013.