Burton Coliseum

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Burton Coliseum
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Burton Complex
Location 7001 Gulf Highway
Common Street
Lake Charles, Louisiana 70607
Coordinates 30°08′13″N 93°12′41″W / 30.136989°N 93.211476°W / 30.136989; -93.211476Coordinates: 30°08′13″N 93°12′41″W / 30.136989°N 93.211476°W / 30.136989; -93.211476
Owner Calcasieu Parish
Operator McNeese State University
Capacity Basketball: 8,500
Concert: 9,882/9,512
Surface Concrete
Built 1976
Opened 1977
McNeese State Cowboys basketball
McNeese State Cowgirls basketball

The Burton Coliseum, built in 1976, is located in Lake Charles, Louisiana. The arena contains a domed roof and stands 105 feet from the floor to the top of the roof. It and other buildings in the Burton Complex serve many purposes. The coliseum has served as home to the McNeese State Cowboys and McNeese State Cowgirls basketball teams since 1986. In basketball configuration, the coliseum has a total seating capacity of 8,500 including 6,500-permanent seat multi-purpose arena and 2,000 in temporary seating ].[1]

Additional uses for Burton Coliseum include rodeos, equestrian events, concerts (seating capacity up to 9,882), trade shows, and conventions. The coliseum is used for the Louisiana Region 5 Science & Engineering Fair every year. At each semester's end, McNeese State University hosts its graduation there. It is also used for graduations for some high schools in the area. It hosted the Southland Conference men's basketball tournament in 2002.

Burton Complex[edit]

The Burton Coliseum is one component of a multi-building fifty (50) acre site. Buildings in the Burton Complex include the following:

  • Burton Coliseum - (discussed above)
    • The Chalkey Room - a banquet room in the coliseum.
  • Burton Event Barn - A 160,000 sq ft building used for various types of events including livestock shows, flea markets, and car shows
  • Burton Arena - A 50,000 sq ft building used for equestrian and rodeo events
  • RV Park - 275 units with utilities

The complex has been used for numerous events including education events, western events, McNeese State basketball and rodeo competition, high school tournaments, flea markets, and livestock shows. Around 200 events are held at the complex each year.

McNeeseStateU basketball v UTArlington

The late State Representative Conway LeBleu received posthumously induction in 2014 into the Southwest District Livestock Show and Rodeo because of his work in securing funding when the Burton Coliseum, the home of the show, faced the possibility of closing. His efforts kept the structure in use for several years until a local maintenance tax was passed. LeBleu supported the livestock show and rodeo further by donating prize money and awards.[2]

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