The Golden Eagles play home games in the beautiful and spacious 8,095 seat Reed Green Coliseum, named fittingly for a man who for 44 years was a player, coach and athletic director, served the cause of intercollegiate athletics at his alma mater - Reed Green.
The first game played in Green Coliseum was December 6, 1965, when the Golden Eagles defeated Southeastern Louisiana, 71-69. The building was formally dedicated on December 11, 1965, during a game against Alabama.
The Golden Eagles have been tough in their home arena, posting a 469-183 mark since the 1965-66 season for a .719 winning percentage. The longest home winning streak is 23 games, which has happened twice, the latest beginning Nov. 12, 2011 against Spring Hill and ending on Feb. 9, 2013 versus Memphis.
The Golden Eagles' first Metro Conference game and victory was in Reed Green Coliseum against Tulane, when Southern Miss defeated the Green Wave 50-48 on December 6, 1982. The program's first Conference USA game also was played at Reed Green Coliseum, a 75-70 loss to Cincinnati on Jan. 11, 1996. The first C-USA win at the arena occurred against USF, when the team won 59-51 on Feb. 24, 1996.
In 2013-14, the Golden Eagles were undefeated at home, posting a 15-0 mark in the Coliseum. It was just the third time in which a perfect mark was posted, along with the 2011-12 (15-0) and 1967-68 (11-0) teams. The most victories to be posted in Green Coliseum were 16 during the 2006-07 campaign.
Green Coliseum is also the home of Lady Eagle basketball and volleyball, and the facility is used for other campus functions such as graduation, concerts, and civic events.
The Southern Miss Department of Athletics unveiled a new vision a little more than five years ago. It's a vision unlike any other that Golden Eagle followers have seen in the history of the school. It's a vision that will help move Southern Miss to the forefront of Conference USA and beyond.
When the grand-scale expansion and improvements plan was laid out in April 2003, Southern Miss began to take its first steps in becoming one of the most competitive overall programs in the nation. The comprehensive facilities initiative seeks marked improvements in every sporting venue including Reed Green Coliseum.
Green Coliseum recently underwent an internal change, with the upgrade of the heating and cooling systems. That phase of the comprehensive renovation plan was completed in the summer of 2004. In the summer of 2009, brand new coaches' offices, player locker rooms, training areas and a weight room were finished and added on to the Coliseum.
The Department of Athletics has also updated the floor seating, auxiliary support facilities and improvements in concessions, restrooms and the concourse area, as well as the exterior facade of the building.
All of these changes were done in an effort to improve every venue at Southern Miss, enabling each to become more fan-friendly and provide a better atmosphere and game day experience that is sure to increase excitement and support for the various sports teams.