MOODY COLISEUM RENOVATION - NEWMOODY.COM
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.