McNeese Arena

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McNeese Arena
Ralph O. Ward Gymnasium
Full name McNeese Arena
Location Lake Charles, Louisiana
Coordinates 30°10′54″N 93°12′55″W / 30.181805°N 93.215368°W / 30.181805; -93.215368Coordinates: 30°10′54″N 93°12′55″W / 30.181805°N 93.215368°W / 30.181805; -93.215368
Owner McNeese State University
Operator McNeese State University
Capacity 5,000
Opened 1939
McNeese State Cowboys basketball (1956-1971)

McNeese Arena, also known as Ralph O. Ward Gymnasium, is a 5,000 seat multi-purpose arena in Lake Charles, Louisiana. It was home to the McNeese State University Cowboys basketball team until the Burton Coliseum opened in 1976.[1] It is named after Ralph O. Ward, who was head coach of the basketball team from 1952 to 1971.



  • ESPN, Editors (2009), ESPN College Basketball Encyclopedia, Bristol, Connecticut: ESPN, ISBN 978-0-345-51392-2 

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