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Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial ColiseumWake Forest Demon Deacons

2825 University Pkwy., Winston-Salem, NC, 27105
    The Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum (also known as LJVM Coliseum, Joel Coliseum or simply The Joel) is a 14,407-seat multipurpose 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.

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    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 NCHSAA state individual wrestling championships are also contested in the LJVM. 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 even played there. 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. The LJVM has played host to large-scale events such as the quarterfinals of the 2007 Davis Cup, but has also hosted racing, bull riding, circus, religious conferences, conventions and other events.


    • Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum
      2825 University Pkwy.   Winston-Salem, NC 27105
      Call at (336) 725-5635

    Venue Details

    • 1989
    • $20
    • City of Winston-Salem
    • Indoor
    • Ellerbe Becket
    • No
    • No
    • Hardwood
    • 14665


  • ATMs


      • Yes
  • Parking:

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  • Upcoming Events

    • No event is scheduled here.

  • Merchandise:

    • Standard Concession

      • Throughout Facility
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    • Little Richards BBQ

      • In Facility
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    • Dominos Pizza

      • In Facility
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    • Chef Don's Gisele Fine Foods

      • In Facility
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    • Hero House

      • In Facility
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  • Policies

    General Info

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    • All bags subject to search.
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    Carry-In Restrictions

    • Permitted. No cameras allowed with lens longer than 4 inches.
    • Prohibited.
    • Prohibited.
    • Prohibited. No alcohol.
    • Prohibited.
    • Prohibited.
    • No longer than 1 foot x 1 foot x 1 foot.

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