Burton Coliseum
Burton Complex
Location7001 Gulf Highway
Common Street
Lake Charles, Louisiana 70607
Coordinates30°08′13″N 93°12′41″W / 30.136989°N 93.211476°W / 30.136989; -93.211476Coordinates: 30°08′13″N 93°12′41″W / 30.136989°N 93.211476°W / 30.136989; -93.211476
OwnerCalcasieu Parish Police Jury
OperatorMcNeese State University
Capacity8,500
SurfaceConcrete
Construction
Built1976
Opened1977
Tenants
McNeese State Cowboys basketball
McNeese State Cowgirls basketball
Website
www.burtoncomplex.com

The Burton Coliseum, built in 1976, is located in Lake Charles, Louisiana.

The arena contains a domed roof and stands 105 feet from the floor to the top of the roof. It and other buildings in the Burton Complex serve many purposes. The coliseum served as home to the McNeese State Cowboys and Cowgirls basketball teams from 1986 to 2018. The coliseum has a total seating capacity of 8,500 including 6,500-permanent seat multi-purpose arena and 2,000 in temporary seating.[1]

In 2014, Burton Coliseum started hosting the semifinals and finals of the Louisiana High School Athletic Association's boys basketball state tournaments.

Additional uses for Burton Coliseum includes rodeos, equestrian events, concerts, trade shows, and conventions, Festivals, and Mardi Gras Balls. The Complex operates 314 event days annually.

Burton Complex

The Burton Coliseum was one component of a multi-building 50-acre site. Buildings in the Burton Complex include the following:

The complex was used for numerous events including education events, western events, McNeese State basketball and rodeo competition, high school tournaments, flea markets, and livestock shows. Around 200 events were held at the complex each year.

McNeeseStateU basketball v UTArlington
McNeeseStateU basketball v UTArlington

The late State Representative Conway LeBleu received posthumously induction in 2014 into the Southwest District Livestock Show and Rodeo because of his work in securing funding when the Burton Coliseum, the home of the show, faced the possibility of closing. His efforts kept the structure in use for several years until a local maintenance tax was passed. LeBleu supported the livestock show and rodeo further by donating prize money and awards.[2]

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References

  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-12-11. Retrieved 2014-12-07.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ "Southwest District Livestock Show & Rodeo Announces Hall of Fame Inductees". lakecharles.com. February 6, 2014. Retrieved July 13, 2015.