Humphrey Coliseum

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Humphrey Coliseum
"The Hump"
Location55 Coliseum Boulevard
Mississippi State, MS 39762
Coordinates33°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
OwnerMississippi State University
OperatorMississippi State University
Capacity10,575 (2011–present)
10,500 (1998–2011)
9,419 (1975–1998)
SurfaceNorthern Hard Maple
Broke groundSeptember 1973
OpenedDecember 1, 1975
Construction cost$6 million
($30.2 million in 2021 dollars[1])
ArchitectBrewer, Godbold and Associates, Ltd.[2]
General contractorGresham, 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 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 featured four sides, each with a video screen. It was replaced in 2015 by a similar but updated scoreboard that includes two ring displays along with four main video displays. The current court design was announced in 2016, with the court itself installed in 2017. It features many design details highlighting the school's local ties. The playing area is surrounded by lettering that lists all 82 counties in the state, all appearing in gray except for the school's home of Oktibbeha County, which is in white lettering at midcourt between the team benches. Directly above the Oktibbeha County name is a white outline of the state with an "X" marking Starkville's location, which is also the point at which substitutes report to enter the game. Also, the city nickname of "Starkvegas" appears in large all-caps lettering at the baseline in front of the student section.[3]

Humphrey Coliseum during the 2022-23 renovations

In February 2022, renovation work began as part of the ongoing project in the university athletic district.[4] The phase one renovations include adding more vendors, restrooms, a premium club level, as well as updating the building infrastructure. Phase one is projected to be completed by Fall 2023.[5]

In addition to basketball, the arena is a popular venue for concerts, graduation ceremonies, and other events.[6]

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

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  1. ^ 1634–1699: McCusker, J. J. (1997). How Much Is That in Real Money? A Historical Price Index for Use as a Deflator of Money Values in the Economy of the United States: Addenda et Corrigenda (PDF). American Antiquarian Society. 1700–1799: McCusker, J. J. (1992). How Much Is That in Real Money? A Historical Price Index for Use as a Deflator of Money Values in the Economy of the United States (PDF). American Antiquarian Society. 1800–present: Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. "Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800–". Retrieved April 16, 2022.
  2. ^ a b "Engineering News-Record, Volume 197, Issues 1-14". Engineering News-Record. McGraw-Hill. 197 (1–14). 1976.
  3. ^ "Mississippi State Unveils Design For New Floor Of Humphrey Coliseum" (Press release). Mississippi State Bulldogs. August 31, 2016. Retrieved June 22, 2019.
  4. ^ Kostka, Andy (14 February 2022). "Inside the $34.5 million renovation of Mississippi State's Humphrey Coliseum". The Clarion-Ledger. Retrieved 2 September 2022.
  5. ^ Coleman, Joel (24 February 2022). "Inside The Soon-To-Be Renovated Humphrey Coliseum". Hail State News. Retrieved 2 September 2022.
  6. ^ Corpuz, Mina (5 May 2022). "Mississippi college graduations: What to know about the ceremonies". The Clarion-Ledger. Retrieved 2 September 2022.

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