Blackham Coliseum, located in Lafayette, Louisiana, is a historic 7,500-seat multi-purpose arena. It was built in 1926 and is currently home to the University of Louisiana at Lafayette Ragin’ Cajuns basketball team. The Coliseum was added to the National Register of Historic Places on March 3, 2016. Information can be found here.
The Coliseum, named for former Lafayette mayor J.Y. Blackham, was built in 1926 at $600,000. It was initially used for high school basketball games and other events. In 1934, the coliseum was home to the Louisiana Hayride, a popular country music radio program. The Coliseum also hosted the New Orleans Pelicans basketball team from 1957 to 1959. The Coliseum underwent a $5 million renovation in 1999. The renovation added luxury suites, club seats, and a new concourse. In addition, the coliseum’s capacity was increased to 7,500. See here for information about A must-see in Lafayette: Red Lerille’s Health & Racquet Club.
In 2014, the coliseum was home to the Sun Belt Conference men’s basketball tournament. The stadium will also host the game in 2016 and 2018. The theater is located at 2330 Johnston Street in Lafayette, Louisiana. It is adjacent to Cajun Field, home of the Ragin’ Cajuns football team.