David R. Stopher Gymnasium
Stopher Gym
David R. Stopher Gymnasium (Thibodaux, Louisiana).jpg
LocationAcadia Dr.
Thibodaux, LA
Coordinates29°47′32″N 90°48′05″W / 29.79235°N 90.80135°W / 29.79235; -90.80135Coordinates: 29°47′32″N 90°48′05″W / 29.79235°N 90.80135°W / 29.79235; -90.80135
OwnerNicholls State University
OperatorNicholls Athletics Department
Nicholls Colonels men's basketball (NCAA)
Nicholls Colonels women's basketball (NCAA)
Nicholls Colonels women's volleyball (NCAA)

David R. Stopher Gymnasium or Stopher Gym is a 3,800-seat multi-purpose arena in Thibodaux, Louisiana, United States, on the campus Nicholls State University.[2][3] It is named for David R. Stopher.

It is home to the Nicholls Colonels men's[4] and women's basketball teams and women's volleyball team. It hosts many other functions including Nicholls' commencement,[5] Manning Passing Academy[6] and a variety of concerts and community events.[citation needed]


The first game in Stopher Gymnasium was in 1970.

After the 2013–2014 season, the gymnasium was renovated over several years.[7] The men's basketball locker room and offices were overhauled and redesigned. The renovations featured a private entrance for the players and coaches with updated offices for the coaches, new meeting rooms and a lobby and lounge for the players.[8] The lounge area includes televisions and audio equipment, leading into the locker room. The athletic training room was moved to another area of the building allowing it to quadruple in size.[7] A visiting team locker room was also built in the gymnasium.[9] As part of the renovation in 2015, a 27-foot (8.2 m) HD video scoreboard and scoreboards on each end of the court were added.[9]

On January 27, 2018, the Colonels played their first game on Broussard Court.[10] It is named after Nicholls Hall of Fame men's basketball coach Rickey Broussard.[10] In addition to the new court, the gymnasium received new portable goals, LED scorers tables, premium courtside seating and new lighting in 2018.


See also


  1. ^ "Division I Teams By Arena Capacity". bbstate.com. Archived from the original on 2014-12-17. Retrieved 2014-12-27.
  2. ^ "Nicholls State Colonels Basketball Information Guide" (PDF). geauxcolonels.com. Retrieved 2014-12-27.
  3. ^ "David R. Stopher Gym". stadiumjourney.com. Retrieved 2014-12-27.
  4. ^ "Nicholls State basketball". espn.com. Retrieved 2014-12-28.
  5. ^ "Fall commencement moved to Stopher". The Nicholls Worth/thenichollsworth.com. Retrieved 2014-12-28.
  6. ^ "Manning Passing Academy Check-in". manningpassingacademy.com. Retrieved 2014-12-28.
  7. ^ a b "Nicholls State University to renovate Stopher Gym". The Houma Courier/houmatoday.com. Retrieved 2019-06-15.
  8. ^ "Stopher Gym Renovation Plans". geauxcolonels.com. Retrieved 2014-12-27.
  9. ^ a b "Nicholls State University to renovate Stopher Gym". The Daily Comet/dailycomet.com. Retrieved 2014-12-27.
  10. ^ a b "David R. Stopher Gymnasium". geauxcolonels.com. Retrieved May 31, 2019.