MOODY COLISEUM RENOVATION - NEWMOODY.COM
NOTE: All SMU basketball home games until Jan. 4, 2014 will be played at the Curtis Culwell Center in Garlad, Texas. Click here for directions to the Culwell Center.
Moody Coliseum has been the home of SMU basketball since December 3, 1956, when the Mustangs defeated McMurry, 113-36. Since then, SMU has played 692 games in Moody Coliseum, winning 462 and losing only 230.
"Moody Magic" has become a popular term regarding SMU's play at the Coliseum. Why the phrase? The Ponies are 237-128 in the building since the 1982-83 season and have won 111 of 173 home games in the last 12 seasons.
The Coliseum has undergone several changes over the years to modernize the facility. A new playing surface with a new floor design was installed before the 2007-08 basketball season. That followed a new scoreboard/videoboard that was installed in Dec. 2006. The facility also has a tunnel from the Crum Basketball Center that allows the team to enter Moody Coliseum directly from the new locker rooms.
Moody Coliseum was the site of the Southwest Conference Post-Season Classic in 1976 and has hosted NCAA Regional tournament games, the McDonald's High School All-American All-Star Game and the NABC College Basketball All-Star Game during the 1986 Final Four in Dallas.
SMU installed a new floor prior to the 2007-08 season. The design was developed by Erik Herskind, Class of '87 and a former track and cross country athlete, and Greenlight, his Dallas-based agency:
- At center court, SMU has gone back to a logo that features the SMU collegiate block letters over a red, running Pony.
- The new floor features a red border; previous border was blue.
- The stain of the wood is much darker, meant to be reminiscent of older gyms, and will be close to matching Moody's bleachers.
- The court features the words "Dallas, Texas".
- SMU is getting new goals that can be placed fully behind the baseline, so as not to interfere with the "MUSTANGS" lettering.
- SMU is switching to color (blue) inside the lane, instead of inside the 3-point arc. That fit more into what Greenlight found were traditional, simple designs of old.