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Reed Green Coliseum: Remodel or Replace

Posted: 11/17/2012 9:41 PM

Reed Green Coliseum: Remodel or Replace 


Since 1965, the Reed Green Coliseum has been the home of the Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles.  At my last visit there in 1995, with my cousin who lives in the Hub City metro area, they had just put up what was then-state of the art scoreboards with the "Lite Brite" color message centers (Still love the Larry-Moe-Curly graphic).

However, I feel that either more renovations need to take place at Reed Green Coliseum (similar to what Georgia Tech did to the Alexander Memorial Coliseum, which is now named the McCamish Pavilion) along with the ones that were done in recent years like adding suites.

My suggestions would be these:
1. Replace all the bench seating with chairback seats.
2. Lower the floor so that a portable floor can be used and more seats can be added in that area.
3. New scoreboards with LED video screens like MSU and Ole Miss have (a four sided scoreboard suspended over the floor) with two auxiliary scoreboards at the ends.  However, if the roof can't support the overhead scoreboard, then the current scoreboards should be replaced with LED video scoreboards.

Yet, I also wonder if the Reed Green Coliseum should be replaced with a newer and modern arena, either on the USM campus, by the Convention Center, or in the downtown area.

USM, you seem to have done more for the football and baseball venues (BTW, Hill Denson Field at Pete Taylor Park should have a new scoreboard with a video replay board) than you have for the basketball venue.  Please, either update Reed Green Coliseum or build a new arena.
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Posted: 11/18/2012 12:24 AM

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Yeah, none of that is going to happen.  we's po.
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Posted: 11/19/2012 6:23 PM

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I could see minor renovations, but they're not going to build an entirely new area.

I would like to see something done about the seating and the scoreboards, but overall (esp. giving the age of Reed Green) I think the coliseum is alright.
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Posted: 11/22/2012 4:14 PM

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Tyndall told me he wanted chairbacks matching the other side, ribbons similar to the rock's, and suites. But first he wants to win, and tackle that later.
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Posted: 11/26/2012 3:48 PM

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Basketball isn't getting anything new anytime soon. The whole school is broke and that isn't an exaggeration.
 
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Posted: 11/27/2012 8:08 PM

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YuneMan20 wrote: Basketball isn't getting anything new anytime soon. The whole school is broke and that isn't an exaggeration.
That's why USM is stuck in C-USA while Memphis, Tulane, Houston, SMU, Cincinnati, and Louisville have gone to the Big East-money to either build new facilities or update old ones.

The money situation needs to be straightened out. I wouldn't want USM to go to FCS Football (Division I-AA).
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Posted: 11/27/2012 8:43 PM

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1. They were planning to lower the court back when they did the "suites" that are in there now, don't think the money was in place.

2. RGC's roof isn't strong enough to support a center court scoreboard.

3. We got to have consistent success and average more than 2500/game for it to be possible to make any significant upgrades to the basketball arena.

Some of these big money people that are able to pony up 2.1 mil in a few weeks time to pay off a lame football coach could probably do the same for basketball and get something done, improvement wise.

And I agree about baseball needing a new scoreboard, although the current one is only 5 years old or so, but with most things on USM's campus, the baseball field is confined to what they have now because of a lack of space.
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