Bernard Johnson Coliseum

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Johnson Coliseum
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Full name Bernard Johnson Coliseum
Former names University Coliseum (1976-1986)
Location 1964 Bobby K. Marks Drive
Huntsville, Texas 77340
Coordinates 30°42′46″N 95°32′46″W / 30.71278°N 95.54611°W / 30.71278; -95.54611Coordinates: 30°42′46″N 95°32′46″W / 30.71278°N 95.54611°W / 30.71278; -95.54611
Owner Sam Houston State University
Operator Sam Houston State University
Capacity 6,110
Record attendance 5,068[1]
Opened February 9, 1976
Sam Houston State Bearkats (NCAA) (1977–present)

Bernard Johnson Coliseum is a 6,110-seat multi-purpose arena in Huntsville, Texas. It was built in 1976 and is home to the Bearkats men's and women's basketball teams and the Bearkats women's volleyball team. It hosted the Southland Conference men's basketball tournament in 2003. It was also home to XWO Reborn, a professional wrestling organization that promoted shows throughout south Texas.

Sammypalooza & Kat Comedy Showcase[edit]

Since the fall of 2010, the Bernard G. Johnson Coliseum has been to the home of Sammypalooza, a free concert event for the SHSU community.

2010: Lifehouse, Jack Ingram, Story of the Year, Chalie Boy, VerseCity, Clairmont, Tim Qualls, The Adamant

2011: Taking Back Sunday, Vertical Horizon, Oh, Sleeper, Phil Pritchett, Vice Verse Us, The Last Great Assault

2012: Ludacris, The All-American Rejects, Eve 6

2014: Wiz Khalifa, Capital Cities

2015: Panic! At the Disco, Cassadee Pope, Mary Lambert

2016: T.I., Josh Turner

Starting in 2011, the Kat Comedy Showcase event was also added.

2011: Gabriel Iglesias

2013 (Spring): Mike Epps

2013 (Fall): Aziz Ansari, Nick Kroll

2014: Nick Swardson, Judah Friedlander

2015: Damon Wayans, Jay Pharoah, Damon Wayans, Jr.


  1. ^ "SHSU Men's Basketball Record Book: Johnson Coliseum" (PDF). Sam Houston State Athletics. Retrieved 2013-05-10. 

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