July 31, 2012
When it was built 56 years ago, SMU Coliseum, renamed Moody Coliseum in 1965, may have been the brightest gem on the Dallas sports landscape.
In the past half-century, the historic arena, home to the men’s and women’s basketball and women’s volleyball teams at SMU, has hosted collegiate hoops stars, tennis legends, American presidents, NBA MVPs and music icons. However, Moody Coliseum has passed its prime.
Now, as the Mustangs prepare to enter a new era of athletics with their admission to the Big East Conference July 1, 2013, SMU is putting one of Dallas’ original treasures back in the game with a $40 million renovation.
“Moody Coliseum has seen so much history at SMU, but it needs to be modernized,” says Tim Leonard, SMU senior associate athletics director for development and interim director of athletics.
In April 2011, SMU announced a $20 million gift from the Moody Foundation and a $10 million gift from former men’s basketball player David Miller ’72, ’73 and his wife, Carolyn, to spearhead the renovation, which essentially will gut the arena and give it a floor-to-ceiling makeover.
Read the full story.
# # #