Wake Forest basketball has called the Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum home for over 20 years. The arena, which is named after Winston-Salem's only veteran to have ever received the Congressional Medal of Honor, seats 14,665 fans and has hosted four NCAA Tournament events (1993, 1997, 2000, 2007). The Demon Deacon men's and women's teams have combined to win nearly 400 games at the venue since its opening prior to the 1989-90 season. The Deacon men have enjoyed a distinct homecourt advantage by winning almost 80 percent of their games at the Joel. Tie-Dye Nation and the Screamin' Demon student section cheer on the Deacons as one of the rowdiest crowds in college basketball. The Deacon rides out on his custom motorcycle during pre-game player introductions, giving Wake Forest and the Joel Coliseum one of the most electrifying environments in the country. A number of notable Deacons have roamed the Joel over the years, including NBA stars Tim Duncan and Chris Paul. The Joel Coliseum has also been the collegiate home of future NBA players Al-Farouq Aminu, Randolph Childress, Josh Howard, James Johnson, Rodney Rogers, Ishmael Smith, Darius Songaila and Jeff Teague. In all, the Joel has housed four ACC Players of the Year (Rogers, Duncan twice, Paul), three ACC Rookies of the Year (Rogers, Robert O'Kelley, Paul) and four ACC Coaches of the Year (Dave Odom three times, Skip Prosser). Hanging from the rafters of the Joel Coliseum are a number of championship banners, as well as 11 retired jersey numbers from the Wake Forest men's basketball program. The Joel Coliseum houses dedicated locker rooms for both the men's and women's teams. The locker rooms feature a player lounge, a team meeting room and a sports medicine area. The facility is named after Lawrence Joel, the only Winston-Salem native awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor. Also honored are nearly 500 Forsyth County veterans who gave their lives for their country in World War I, World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Grenada and the Persian Gulf. Wake Forest purchased the venue, which sits on the corner of University Parkway and Deacon Boulevard, and the surrounding 33 acres from the City of Winston-Salem in August of 2013 and began renovations on the building shortly thereafter.
MILLER CENTER / BUDD GYM
The Kenneth D. Miller Center is a 50,000-square foot facility which serves a number of purposes within the Wake Forest Athletic Department. Overlooking Kentner Stadium, the Miller Center is the on-campus home of Wake Forest men's and women's basketball. The Demon Deacon basketball teams spend the majority of their practice time in the Miller Center, which houses the Dave Budd Practice Gym as well as separate locker rooms for each team. The practice gym has a full-length court, six stand alone baskets, bleacher seating and banners honoring some of the best players to ever don the black and gold. The locker rooms include separate player lounges which feature flat screen TVs and the latest video software, as well as dedicated equipment and training rooms. Opened in the fall of 2001, the Miller Center also houses office, training and meeting spaces for the University's athletic programs. Part of the facility's appeal is the fact that many Deacon athletic teams can use it for academics, workouts or meetings. The Miller Center is home to Student-Athlete Services, which features a full-time staff of 10 academic counselors. The facility includes private study carrels, work areas for individual and small-group tutorial sessions and a large conference room. The Miller Center features classroom space, meeting rooms and a fitness center that is accessible to the entire campus. The state-of-the-art facility has a patio area from which students and faculty can take in a field hockey game, giving Kentner Stadium a more stadium-type feel. A dual athletic and academic facility, the Miller Center enables Wake Forest student-athletes to put forth their best effort on the court and in the classroom.