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Official Review by Aaron S. Terry, Stadium Journey Regional Correspondent
UNCG Soccer Stadium was built in 1991 at a cost of $3.6 million, and has a capacity of 3,540. The venue is currently home to the men's and women's soccer programs at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. The facility has also hosted the NCAA Women's Soccer Championship on a number of occasions, during which temporary grandstands were brought in to expand the capacity above 10K.
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UNCG Soccer Stadium does have a concessions stand underneath the grandstand (directly underneath the press box). The prices are very low, but the selection is a bit limited, so you should probably eat before you arrive.
Food options include hot dogs, brats, popcorn, and packaged candy; all items are $2, except for brats which are $3. Drink choices include Pepsi products in bottles, bottled water, Gatorade, and hot cocoa; hot cocoa costs $1, all other drinks are $2.
UNCG Soccer Stadium is an interesting facility; sandwiched between the tennis courts and softball field on UNCG's campus, the venue has several modern elements despite being over 20 years old.
Most of the seating is aluminum benches, but there are two sets of bucket-style chair back seats in front of the press box, one blue and the other yellow. The yellow set takes up the first few rows closest to the field, and oddly enough some of these seats are reserved for visiting fans. The rest of the yellow seats are reserved for students though, as well as some of the blue seats. The facility also has an electronic scoreboard, and on-field lighting.
During the game, the staff will hand out mini soccer balls after each Spartans score, and the announcer will also yell "Goal for the Geeeeeeee!" On a good day for the team you will hear this phrase a lot. Another great feature here is if you look around UNCG Soccer Stadium, you will see lots of Spartans décor, including a wall of fame on one end listing UNCG's soccer championships and tournament appearances. There is also a soccer-themed relief under the concourse (near the concessions stand), which is near the UNCG Soccer Wall of Honor, made of up plaques commemorating former notable players.
Being on campus, UNCG Soccer Stadium doesn't have much in the way of restaurants within walking distance, and you probably don't want to do much walking in this city anyway, especially at night. Most of the options are fast food joints just off campus, but there are a few classics in the area, for example Natty Greene's, which has plenty of craft beers on tap, and Dame's Chicken & Waffles, which offers different flavored spreads as toppings. And after you grab a bite to eat, there are plenty of hotels along I-40/I-85, especially in the Coliseum area of town (home of UNCG basketball).
While Greensboro is not a huge city by any stretch, depending on what you're into the area does offer some interesting attractions. The most popular is probably the International Civil Rights Center and Museum, which commemorates the sit-ins that occurred here in Greensboro in the 1960s - these sit-ins were actually some of the most influential and significant protests of the entire Civil Rights movement. You can also visit the Greensboro Science Center, which includes an aquarium, zoo, and hands-on activities for the kids. Or, if you are a military history buff (or aspire to be), you can visit Guilford Courthouse National Military Park, and learn more about Nathaniel Greene's actions during the Revolutionary War; the museum here does an excellent job teaching visitors about some lesser known battles that actually had a huge impact on the outcome of the war.
UNCG Soccer Stadium doesn't typically draw a huge crowd, perhaps only a few hundred at most for a typical game, but this is no worse than many college soccer venues. A lot of the fans do wear team gear, and the fact that students have actual chair back seats reserved for them probably helps the attendance numbers. The crowd generally includes a decent number of opposing fans as well, who stand out a little given their seats in the front rows.
The drive itself to UNCG Soccer Stadium is not too bad; Greensboro is a big enough city that it was built to handle the traffic, and the facility is only a couple of miles off I-40/I-85. Once you park, however, the walk to the stadium is a bit of a maze, and you'll have to walk up, down, and around to get to the field, skirting narrow aisles next to the tennis courts or using the pedestrian bridge at the Coleman Building. Remember that the soccer venue is next to the softball and baseball fields, so if you are using the stadium lights as a guide, make sure you track the correct set of them.
On the plus side parking is free; you can park right across the street from the Coleman Building in the Walker Ave. Parking Deck. UNCG Soccer Stadium is right next to the Coleman Building, on the north side. There is only one concessions stand and only 2 bathrooms (beneath the grandstand), but these are more than adequate for the crowd size.
Admission is free to UNCG Soccer Stadium, as is parking, and concessions prices are as cheap as could be, so attending a game here will cost almost nothing. This represents a fabulous value for the experience, especially given some of the great décor dotted around the venue.
The free mini soccer balls after Spartan scores is a great addition, as is the cool relief under the stands. Also, having premium seating for visiting fans makes this a great stadium to visit when your favorite team is on the road in Greensboro.
As college soccer stadiums go, UNCG Soccer Stadium is one of the better ones. While lacking a little in the concessions area, and not drawing too many fans, the facility itself is really solid with some great features, and the price is definitely right. If the team could improve the on-field performance a little, I am sure a lot more fans would come to take advantage of the amenities here.
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