Humphrey Coliseum Home of mississippi state men's and women's basketball

Humphrey Coliseum, the largest on-campus basketball arena in the state of Mississippi, will be the home of Bulldog Basketball for the 44th season in 2018-19.

Named in honor of George Duke Humphrey, a former Mississippi State president (1934-45), the Coliseum not only serves as the home of the Bulldogs’ men’s and women’s basketball teams, but also hosts other events as well as some administrative and Olympic sport offices.

Opened in 1975, Humphrey Coliseum, which was originally constructed from 450,000 red Mississippi-made bricks, stands the equivalent of a seven-story building (84 feet) and is 318 feet long and 268 feet wide.

Since it first hosted basketball action in 1975, Humphrey Coliseum has undergone many modifications during recent years to rank as one of the finest multi-purpose facilities in the Southeastern Conference.


The most recent addition to the Hump came in the summer of 2017 with the installation of a new permanent floor. The new floor cost $132,000 and replaced the old mobile floor that served Humphrey Coliseum for 15 years. The new court is a Connor VIP II, maple floor and was installed by Sports Floors Inc. out of Memphis.


The new permanent court followed the addition of a new scoreboard in July, 2015. Mississippi State partnered with Daktronics, Inc., to provide an integrated LED high-definition center-hung video display system that includes four main video displays and two ring displays suspended above the court to keep fans informed and entertained throughout every event.

The new scoreboard replaced the one that was added in 2004 thanks to the Henry Mize Foundation, and it was unveiled one year after the men's and women's basketball teams greatly upgraded their locker rooms.

The upgrades to the Richard C. Adkerson men’s locker room and Nusz Family women’s locker room were complete with full kitchens, state-of-the-art lockers with media enhancements, video rooms and team rooms.

In addition to rotating corporate sponsorship signage at the scorer’s table between the benches, the Coliseum has also added new, attractive banners honoring the men’s and women’s SEC championships and postseason tournament appearances, as well as banners acknowledging the achievements of Bailey Howell, Babe McCarthy and the former legendary voice of the Bulldogs, Jack Cristil.

Prior to the start of MSU’s anticipated 1995-96 Final Four campaign, the capacity of State’s home basketball arena was increased to 10,000 with the addition of permanent seats around the Coliseum’s inner concourse. During the summer of 1996, the Coliseum underwent major renovations to accommodate the MSU athletic department’s growing need for additional locker room availability.


Since Humphrey Coliseum opened in December of 1975, the Bulldog men have won more than 70 percent of their battles at “The Hump.” After ushering in the Humphrey Coliseum era of MSU basketball with an 85-82 victory against Indiana State back on Dec. 1, 1975, the Bulldogs have compiled an impressive 447-180 home ledger.

In 2017-18, Mississippi State went over the 3.7-million mark for overall home basketball attendance with the Bulldogs drawing 145,000-plus fans (146,271; 6,965 per game) and setting a school record with 19 victories. The men’s attendance mark of 10,788 came against Kentucky on Feb. 16, 2010.

Mississippi State has had over 100,000 fans for basketball at “The Hump” during 11 of the last 15 seasons dating back to 2003-04 when the Bulldogs won the program’s first outright SEC regular-season league championship since 1962-63. MSU also shattered the school record by averaging 10,209 fans per home SEC game in 2003-04 and captured a 14-game home winning streak over the course of the 2002-03 and 2003-04 seasons.


The MSU women ushered in their Humphrey Coliseum era in December, 1975, against Jackson State. Since that point, the Bulldogs have been hard to defeat at “The Hump,” compiling over 400 wins since the building opened. Included in that total is a remarkable 18-0 home record in 2017-18, the first time an MSU men’s or women’s squad has gone undefeated at “The Hump.”

The 2017-18 women’s basketball season also saw a record turnout in the stands, with 133,906 fans attending the 18 home games. It was the fourth time under Vic Schaefer that Mississippi State recorded a record home attendance total, and the third-straight year State ranked in the Top 15 in the nation in average attendance.

The campaign, which culminated in the program’s first SEC regular-season championship and a second-straight Final Four appearance, saw the Bulldogs claim seven of the Top 10 single-game attendance marks, including a crowd of 10,794 for the Feb. 5, 2018, win against South Carolina that ranks as the largest men’s or women’s basketball crowd in Coliseum history.

The largest women’s basketball crowds in the state of Mississippi have all come in “The Hump,” with the Bulldogs drawing 10,000-plus four times in the last three years. One of those 10K marks came against Nicholls (10,211) in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament. MSU hosted the opening two rounds of the “Big Dance” for the third-straight year, and each year Starkville has been one of the highest-attended sites, including the only one in 2017-18 to sell out in advance.


The Hump also played host to a record crowd for volleyball, as the Bulldogs defeated No. 25 Kentucky on Oct. 14, 2011 in front of 4,525 people. The crowd set the attendance record for a volleyball match in the state of Mississippi.

In addition to numerous sporting events, the Coliseum has also attracted nationally-recognized musical acts including the likes of Bon Jovi, Tina Turner, Garth Brooks, Bruce Springsteen, Billy Joel, George Strait, Bob Dylan, Reba McEntire, Vince Gill, Jimmy Buffett and James Taylor.

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