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 417-178 (as of December 8, 2010) mark since the 1965-66 season for a 69.4 winning percentage. The longest home winning streak is 23 games, beginning with an 82-73 win over Mississippi on December 14, 1966, and ending January 7, 1969, in a 90-69 loss to West Florida.
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 1967-68, the Golden Eagles were undefeated at home, posting an 11-0 mark in the Coliseum. It was the only season in which a perfect mark was posted. The most victories to be posted in Green Coliseum were 13 in 1985-86, 1986-87, and 1987-88.
The Southern Miss Athletic Department then renovated the former athletic offices which were once housed inside Green Coliseum. Expanded dressing rooms, officials' areas, and an Eagle Club meeting place were added to the facility.
Green Coliseum is also the home of Lady Golden Eagle basketball, 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 two 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 by Director of Athletics, Richard Giannini, 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; with work on phase two of the project - which will include changes and updates to the coaches' offices, player locker rooms and training areas - next on the construction schedule.
These changes are just the first steps in the overall master plan that will virtually transform the Golden Eagle sports programs by vastly improving the facilities that house each and every team, and in turn, transform the entire Department of Athletics. The Coliseum's improvements fall in a five-phase plan that includes the recently completed first phase, and additional phases that will improve team and staff facilities, floor seating, auxiliary support facilities and improvements in concessions, restrooms and the concourse area, as well as the exterior fašade of the building.
All of these changes will be 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.