UNCGSpartans.com writer Rob Daniels will profile 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. This week's feature is on Bryan and Wendy Hall.
To find evidence of Bryan and Wendy Hall's support of UNCG athletics, you can look all around the Greensboro Coliseum on a men's basketball game night. The signs are there. Quite literally, in fact. But for all the displays and even the four season tickets they hold in the coliseum's main concourse, there's not much doubt about the Halls' favorite hangout.
"We absolutely love the courtside seats," Wendy Hall said. "It's a different feel altogether."
The couple's affiliation with the university transcends that of the conventional fan. Their business, Graphic Visual Solutions, produces much of the signage around the facility during Spartan home games. Both are graduates of the university, Spartan Club members and donors of a softball scholarship. And they can't think of a better place to check it all out than the proximity of the sideline.
In several years at that locale – both at the coliseum and at Fleming Gym, they've never been run over by a player.
"Nor a referee, although it has been close from time to time," Wendy Hall said.
Their story begins before they actually met. Wendy, who grew up in Florida because her dad was an aeronautical engineer at the Kennedy Space Center, received a master's degree from UNCG in communication studies and later worked for the university relations department. Through that association, she met Bryan, who was developing a business he had started from a closet-sized space at age 18.
Graphic Visual Solutions has since grown to employ 80 people in two shifts. Its success has allowed the Halls to become sponsors, business partners and general fans all at the same time. The company works with several departments of the university beyond athletics, but its most visible – at least to sports fans – endeavors have been the Spartan-specific signs, by which the facility is able to suggest that it's more than a landlord and the Spartans are more than contracted occupants. UNCG men's basketball will begin its fourth season in the building this November.
"We wanted to give it a 'wow' factor and a big-time experience for the fans, students and employees of the university," she said. "We did believe in the move and in the program and wanted to help capture the momentum."
The feeling is similar these days but with a different cause. The promotion of Wes Miller from interim to full head coach after an impressive two-month stretch to end 2011-12 figures to enthuse the Halls and their friends further.
"We're now very thrilled that Wes has been hired as the coach," Wendy Hall said. "That's a big deal for us. That's changing our experience in attending the games because he has brought energy and enthusiasm and just a more positive dynamic."
The Halls are at the forefront of a season-ticket drive that seeks to capitalize on that good vibe. Those who put down a deposit toward 2012-13 season tickets by May 1 will receive a Wes Miller bobblehead.
"There's going to be a lot more excitement, and the benefit to Graphic will be greater, having supported the program through the hard times and the good times," Wendy Hall said.
Don't forget, place your $50 per seat deposit by 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.
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