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
Construction
Broke groundSeptember 1973
OpenedDecember 1, 1975
Construction cost$6 million
($27.3 million in 2017 dollars[1])
ArchitectBrewer, Godbold and Associates, Ltd.[2]
General contractorGresham, Williams & Johnson Co.[2]
Tenants
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 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.

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.

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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, 2018.
  2. ^ a b "Engineering News-Record, Volume 197, Issues 1-14". Engineering News-Record. McGraw-Hill. 197 (1–14). 1976.

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