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John M. Parker Agricultural Coliseum

 

John M. Parker Agricultural Coliseum

John M. Parker Agricultural Coliseum
"Cow Palace"
John M. Parker Agricultural Coliseum
Location Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Owner Louisiana State University
Operator Louisiana State University Agricultural Center
Capacity 12,000 (Peak)
6,756 (Current)
Surface Multi-surface
Opened 1937
Tenants
Rodeos, Livestock shows (1937-Present)
LSU Tigers Men's basketball (1937-1971)

The John M. Parker Agricultural Coliseum or John M. Parker Agricultural Center is a 6,756-seat multi-purpose arena in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA. It hosts local sporting events, livestock shows and concerts. It was opened in 1937 and sat 12,000 people at its peak. At the time of its construction, it was 6 feet larger than Madison Square Garden, which made it the biggest coliseum in the United States. It is named after John M. Parker, 27th Governor of Louisiana, who pushed to move the campus to its current location during his tenure.[1]

When it opened in 1937, it became the primary home of the LSU Tigers basketball team, though for several years both the Gym/Armory and the coliseum were used for LSU basketball games. In 1938, the facility hosted the Southeastern Conference men's basketball tournament. In the 1950s, it became the sole home of the LSU Tigers basketball team. In the 1960s, the Coliseum was home to Pete Maravich-led basketball teams and it was his prominence that led to the construction of the LSU Assembly Center which now bears his name. The basketball team's final season playing in the coliseum was 1971.

The former LSU boxing team held matches at Parker Coliseum and the Huey Long Field House. The 1949 LSU boxing team went undefeated in regular season play and finished the year by beating South Carolina in front of 11,000 fans in Parker Coliseum, en route to its first and only national title.[2]

Today, it has reverted to its original purpose as a host of agricultural events, such as rodeos and livestock shows.[3]

See also

References

  1. ^ http://pages.rediff.com/john-m--parker-agricultural-coliseum/1188491
  2. ^ http://www.lsusports.net/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=5200&ATCLID=205700727
  3. ^ http://www.lsuagcenter.com/en/our_offices/departments/Livestock_Show_Office/

External links

  • LSU AGCenter
  • LSUsports.net


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