Season Ticket Holders Profile: Marc Bush
UNCGSpartans.com writer Rob Daniels has profiled UNCG men's basketball season ticket holders each week leading up to the May 1 deadline to get a "Say Yes to Wes" bobblehead with a $50 deposit per ticket for 2012-13 season tickets. The final feature is on Marc Bush.
The UNCG Spartans always had Marc Bush in their corner. Now they've got him on the floor, on the concourse level and in various other places.
Bush, long a mover and shaker in the city's sports scene, is among the fans whose interest in UNCG basketball spiked with the team's move to the Greensboro Coliseum. The former head of the city's sports commission and member of that body's sibling, the sports council, Bush saw the change of venue as a melding of two of his bigger interests. He now believes the decision to take games from Fleming Gym on campus and relocate a mile up Lee Street has ultimately helped the university become even more integrated in its community.
"Typically, I had attended several games a year in Fleming Gym," said Bush, who has a court side seat and one in the lower bowl. "UNCG's commitment to increasing its profile and level of competition made me want to increase my support for UNCG athletics."
Bush, who actively supports the Spartan Club Golf Classic and funds an annual athletic scholarship at UNCG, is more than an interested spectator. He's in a position to appreciate the synergy between the university and the city. Moving the games to the coliseum, he said, inherently brought the athletics department into more frequent contact with organizations such as the Greensboro Sports Council, a group of dues-paying citizens that marshals volunteer manpower for major events conducted in town.
An example is the upcoming NCAA men's golf regional, hosted by UNCG at the Grandover Resort in the third week of May. Sports council members will be among those helping with behind-the-scenes detail work designed to keep the event running smoothly. That, in turn, is intended to enhance the university's relationship with the NCAA.
So when the Spartans moved to the coliseum, they strengthened ties with sports-minded people in various professions around town. Some of those people had no prior connection with UNCG. Bush, for example, is a University of North Carolina graduate, but that interest does not preclude his support of the Spartans.
Bush believes the program's association with the coliseum is among the most important steps the university has undertaken in several years because the facility's management is attentive to seemingly small details.
"I don't think it's subliminal at all," he said. "The management team of Matt Brown and Scott Johnson is extremely professional and adept at keeping the facility, which does have some age on it, a state-of-the-art venue in terms of its ability to host major events."
Although well connected, Bush is a savvy spectator, as well. He has come to expect the occasional run-in with the player chasing down the ball beyond the sideline.
"You hope it's not just after you've come back from the concession stand," he said.
Bush has renewed his season ticket package for 2012-13 and is therefore among those who will receive a Wes Miller bobblehead figurine. The Spartans' coach, while a bit self-conscious about being the artificial face of the program, is going along with this promotion in part to thank supporters like Bush.
Don't forget, place your $50 per seat deposit by midnight May 1 and receive a limited edition "Say Yes to Wes" bobblehead. Deposits can be placed by visiting OurGreensboroOurCoach.com or by contacting the Athletics Ticket Office at 336-334-3250.