An expanded and renovated Moody Coliseum and the new Miller Event Center officially opened at SMU’s December Commencement ceremony December 21, and the University ushered in a new era at Moody with a historic win in the first basketball game played in the renovated facility.
“With this renovation and expansion of Moody Coliseum and the addition of the new Miller Event Center, SMU will be home to one of the finest collegiate arenas and event centers in the country,” said SMU President R. Gerald Turner. “We are thankful to the Moody Foundation and David and Carolyn Miller and others for their support of this facility, which will benefit the entire North Texas area.”
The 167,000-square-foot complex and Dallas landmark is home to SMU men’s and women’s basketball, women’s volleyball and the pageantry of SMU academic ceremonies, as well as numerous community events such as concerts, cultural programs and high school graduations.
The renovation and expansion feature new seating, entertainment areas, court improvements and infrastructure, yet retain the ambience that has made Moody a favorite venue for more than 50 years.
A $20 million gift from the Moody Foundation in 2011 provided the impetus for the extensive expansion and renovation. SMU and the Moody Foundation have enjoyed a long partnership, beginning with a 1965 gift in support of the SMU Coliseum on campus that, in acknowledgment, was renamed Moody Coliseum. Other support from the foundation includes improvements to Fondren Science Building.
Trustee David B. Miller ’72, ’73 and his wife, Carolyn, also committed $10 million toward the renovation project in 2011. The Miller Event Center, an addition on the north side of Moody Coliseum and named in their honor, includes the Miller Champions Club – a 5,000-square-foot furnished entertainment area on the concourse level – and suites with courtside views, along with administrative areas to support student-athletes and coaches.
Make Your Mark on Moody Coliseum
Moody Coliseum – an SMU tradition since 1956 – has been a central gathering place for the University as well as the site of historic events for the broader community. Now you can add to Moody’s storied tradition by supporting the Coliseum expansion and renovation project.
Donors who make a commitment of $1,000 or more to the project will have their names added to the permanent project donor plaque.
This is your chance to help Complete the Coliseum!
To join your fellow Mustangs and support Moody Coliseum’s next 50 years, please contact Kurt Pottkotter, senior associate athletic director for development, at 214-768-3639 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Miller Champions Club is named in honor of David Miller by contributions of several friends. Early funding of a feasibility study and conceptual design for this significant construction project was provided by Sylvie P. Crum and Gary T. Crum ’69.
The subsequent leadership of the Moody Foundation and the Millers, as well as other generous donors, made the enhanced project a reality, including new features benefiting event audiences, sports fans and student-athletes. New seating has been added throughout the approximately 7,000-seat arena, including 12 courtside suites, 80 loge seats, club seats, courtside retractable seating for students and accessible seating.
Provost Paul W. Ludden said that it was appropriate that the Moody ribbon-cutting ceremony took place as part of the University’s December Commencement ceremony. “Our graduates and their families and friends helped us usher in a new era in this remarkable facility.”
Several days later, on January 4, the Mustang men’s basketball team played against then No. 17-ranked University of Connecticut and the women’s team squared off against the University of South Florida, playing in the first home games in the renovated facility before a capacity audience. A victory by the men’s team launched the Mustangs on a historic home-game winning streak that propelled them into the ranks of the top teams in the nation.
SMU continues to seek funding for the facility, with significant donor naming opportunities still available.