Moody Coliseum

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Moody Coliseum
Location 6024 Airline Road
University Park, Texas 75205 USA
Broke ground 1954
Opened December 3, 1956
Renovated 2014
Owner Southern Methodist University
Operator Southern Methodist University
Construction cost $2.5 million
($21.7 million in 2014 dollars1)
$40 million (renovations)
Architect HKS, Inc.
Capacity 7,000 (2013-present)
8,998 (2000-2013)
9,007 (1983-2000)
8,900 (1972-1983)
9,305 (1956-1972)
Tenants
Southern Methodist Mustangs

Moody Coliseum is an 7,000-seat multi-purpose arena in University Park, Texas, United States. The arena opened in 1956. It is home to the Southern Methodist University Mustangs basketball team. It was also home to the Dallas Chaparrals and Texas Chaparrals of the American Basketball Association before they moved to San Antonio, Texas as the San Antonio Spurs. It was also later a temporary home for the San Antonio Spurs.

Moody Coliseum has been the home of SMU basketball since December 3, 1956, when the Mustangs defeated McMurry, 113-36. Moody has hosted Mustang Volleyball since the program's inception in 1996.

It was also home to the Dallas Mavericks on April 26, 1984 for Game 5 of their Western Conference Quarterfinal series against the Seattle SuperSonics, locally referred to as "Moody Madness". The Mavericks won the game in overtime by the score of 105-104.

Changes

The Coliseum has undergone several changes in the past few years to modernize the facility. In 1980-81, the newly remodeled E.O. (Doc) Hayes Memorial Dressing Room was opened. In 1984, a new scoreboard was installed over the center circle and new chairback seats were built at floor level on the north side. In 1985, more chairback seats were added, this time in the west end. The original wood floor of Moody Coliseum was replaced with a new wood surface and new lighting was installed in August 1986. In 1996, the court was redesigned to mark SMU's entry into one of the premier basketball leagues in America, the Western Athletic Conference.

In December 2006, a brand new $1,000,000 jumbo-tron was installed. In addition, in the summer of 2007, the hardwood court was redesigned, with a new color scheme and midcourt logo for the Mustangs. In 2013 major renovations were made for the upcoming 2014 season, their first in the newly formed American Conference and with their new coach, legend Larry Brown. Renovations include: new concourses, lighting, seats, luxury boxes, Wi-Fi capability, floor color scheme and an LED scoreboard with LED signage around the arena. Cost of renovations this time topped the 40 million dollar range.

History

Moody Coliseum SMU versus UConn 25 Feb 2014. The attendance was 4,091, a record for a women's basketball game.
  • The Coliseum is used for myriad events, including cheerleader, drill team, and basketball camps throughout the summer. Several concerts and other sporting events have been held at Moody Coliseum in recent years. In the spring of 1992, President George H. W. Bush addressed SMU's seniors during their graduation ceremony at Moody Coliseum.
  • Moody Coliseum was the site of the Southwest Conference Post-Season Classic in 1976 and hosted NCAA Regional tournament games, the World Championship of Tennis Finals, the Virginia Slims of Dallas tennis championship, the Rolex National Indoor Intercollegiate Tennis Championships, the McDonald's High School All-American All-Star Game and the NABC College Basketball All-Star Game during the 1986 Final Four held in Dallas.
  • The largest crowds ever at Moody Coliseum have been 10,276 vs. Texas A&M and 10,091 vs. University of Texas, both in 1979. Changes in the seating arrangement in recent years have reduced the seating capacity to 9,007 and as of the 2000-2001 season, to 8,998.
  • The largest crowd for a women's basketball game is 4,091, which occurred when number one ranked Connecticut played on February 25, 2014. 2

References

  1. ^ Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800–2014. Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Retrieved February 27, 2014.
  2. ^ "Bria Hartley scores 25 points as top-ranked UConn women roll past SMU". ESPN. February 25, 2014. Retrieved 28 Feb 2014. 

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Preceded by
first arena
Home of the
Dallas Chaparrals

1967 – 1973
Succeeded by
HemisFair Arena

Coordinates: 32°50′25″N 96°46′50″W / 32.84028°N 96.78056°W / 32.84028; -96.78056








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