Mississippi Coast Coliseum
|Location||2350 Beach Boulevard
Biloxi, Mississippi, 39531
|Owner||Mississippi Coast Coliseum Commission|
|Operator||Mississippi Coast Coliseum Commission|
9,150 (ice hockey)
|Construction cost||$60 million (expansion)|
|Architect||H F Fountain Jr & Associates|
|Mississippi Coast Gamblers (USBL) (1994)
Mississippi Sea Wolves (ECHL) (1996–2005, 2007–2009)
Mississippi Beach Kings (EISL) (1998)
Mississippi Fire Dogs (IPFL/NIFL) (1999–2002)
Gulf Coast Bandits (WBA) (2005)
Mississippi Blues (ABA) (2009–2010)
Mississippi Surge (SPHL) (2009–2014)
Mississippi Coast Coliseum is an 11,500-seat reserved seating, 15,000 festival seating, multi-purpose arena in Biloxi, Mississippi. It was built in 1977. It hosted WCW Beach Blast 1993 and the Sun Belt Conference men’s basketball tournament in 1992 and 1993. The Metro Conference men's basketball tournaments were contested there in 1990 and 1994.
The first concert held at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum was by the rock band Foghat on April 27, 1978. The Mississippi Coast Coliseum also holds one of the largest crawfish festivals in America. This event is held every year, over two weekends in April.
It was previously home to the Mississippi Sea Wolves (ECHL) ice hockey team. Due to damages to the arena by heavy flooding and winds from Hurricane Katrina in August 2005, the Sea Wolves cancelled their 2005–2006 and 2006–2007 seasons. Repairs are now virtually complete, and the Sea Wolves returned to the ice on October 27, 2007. On March 30, 2009, the Sea Wolves announced they had suspended operations once again. However, the Coliseum was not without ice hockey entirely, as the Mississippi Surge announced its membership in the Southern Professional Hockey League and were to play at the Coliseum for the 2009–10 season.
It was home to the Gulf Coast Bandits, a basketball team that played in the World Basketball Association (WBA). The Bandits cancelled their 2006 season for the same reasons as the Sea Wolves and didn't return in 2007. The Coliseum also hosted the Mississippi Coast Gamblers of the United States Basketball League in 1994.
The Mississippi Beach Kings, under the leadership of general manager Roy Turner and coach Gary Hindley, went 18–10 during the 1998 season in the Eastern Indoor Soccer League. Hindley was voted coach of the year for the second-place finish. The Beach Kings won their first playoff series over the Huntsville Fire, two games to one, and lost the championship game to the regular-season champion Lafayette Swampcats, 10–9. The EISL folded the next year.
It also holds an annual rock festival, known to the locals as THE CPR FESTIVAL. It is presented by the local radio station 97.9 WCPR-FM. It consists of various popular rock artists. From 1996 to 2005, the event was held outside, on the coliseum grounds. The 2006 event was the first to be held inside the Coliseum. Such bands as Three Days Grace, Hinder, and Staind have performed at the event. In 2007, Daughtry, Saliva, and Puddle of Mudd performed.
WWE has held many events, including WWE Smackdown TV and WWE Raw. It has also held many house shows, and in September 2013, it held Monday Night Raw for the first time in 8 years, but Smackdown comes about once a year.
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