Humphrey Coliseum

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Humphrey Coliseum
"The Hump"
Location 55 Coliseum Boulevard
Mississippi State, MS 39762
Coordinates 33°27′42″N 88°47′40″W / 33.46167°N 88.79444°W / 33.46167; -88.79444Coordinates: 33°27′42″N 88°47′40″W / 33.46167°N 88.79444°W / 33.46167; -88.79444
Owner Mississippi State University
Operator Mississippi State University
Capacity 10,575 (2011–present)
10,500 (1998–2011)
9,419 (1975–1998)
Surface Northern Hard Maple
Broke ground September 1973
Opened December 1, 1975
Construction cost $6 million
($26.7 million in 2016 dollars[1])
Architect Brewer, Godbold and Associates, Ltd.[2]
General contractor Gresham, Williams & Johnson Co.[2]
Mississippi State Bulldogs Men's Basketball
Mississippi State Bulldogs Women's Basketball

Humphrey Coliseum is a 10,575-seat multi-purpose arena located on the campus of Mississippi State University, just outside of Starkville, Mississippi, that opened for the 1975-76 basketball season. Nicknamed The Hump, it is home to the Mississippi State Bulldogs men's and women's basketball teams. It is the largest on-campus basketball arena in the state of Mississippi. The building is the equivalent of seven stories high and is in the shape of an oval 318' long by 268' wide. The outside is marked by regular concrete columns and Mississippi red brick siding, and the school seal adorns the front of the building. In 2004, a center hung scoreboard was provided by the Henry Mize Foundation. The scoreboard features four sides, each with a video screen. In addition to basketball, the arena is a popular venue for concerts, graduation ceremonies, and other events.

"The Hump" used to feature a large "Mississippi State" wordmark adorning the middle of the court, but was changed to the M-State logo in the middle before the 2016-17 basketball campaign. The court is rimmed in maroon with "The Hump" written under one basket and the other basket has the term "StarkVegas" written on it, which is a term coined for the city on which Mississippi State University lies. The lanes under the goals have the letters "SEC" spelled out in maroon. The building contains two tiers. Though the seating at Humphrey Coliseum is 10,575, the crowd has surpassed capacity 4 times (10,788 vs Kentucky February 16, 2010, 10,735 vs Mississippi February 7, 2004, 10,645 vs Mississippi February 23, 2002, 10,541 vs Florida January 7, 2003). In 2000, a catwalk was completed which connects Humphrey Coliseum to Dudy Noble Field, Polk-DeMent Stadium, the Bulldogs' baseball stadium.

It was named for George Duke Humphrey, president of Mississippi State from 1934 to 1945. It replaced Mississippi State Gymnasium, which was built in 1950 and has since been converted to an indoor tennis center.

In January 2014, MSU expanded its mobile concessions ordering service — — to "The Hump", which offers in-seat food delivery to every seat in the arena.[3]


The Hump is one of the hardest places for an opponent to play in the Southeastern Conference as well as the nation. A quote from an article on expresses this thought.

"(Florida basketball players Joakim) Noah, Al Horford and (Corey) Brewer all named Humphrey Coliseum as the most difficult road arena they played in when they filled out questionnaires as top 50 preseason finalists for the John R. Wooden Award.

'It gets loud,' Brewer said. 'I don't know why. It's a different kind of loud. So loud that you can't think.'"

After Mississippi State's 74-72 win over the Michigan State Spartans in the 2016 NCAA Women's Division I Basketball Tournament, Michigan State head coach Suzy Merchant credited the arena's intensity.

“I’ve been a head coach for 21 years," Merchant said. "I’ve played in front of some big crowds, probably a few bigger than that one. But I’ve never, ever played in front of a crowd that loud. Ever. That was the loudest crowd I’ve ever played in front of. What was the attendance? 7,000? It sounded like there were 70,000 in here.”[4]

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  1. ^ Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis Community Development Project. "Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800–". Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Retrieved January 2, 2017. 
  2. ^ a b "Engineering News-Record, Volume 197, Issues 1-14". Engineering News-Record. McGraw-Hill. 197 (1-14). 1976. 
  3. ^ Stricklin, Scott. "Wednesday Bulldog Update (Special Thursday Edition) - 1/9/14". Retrieved 14 January 2014. 
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