Beasley ColiseumEdit profile
Beasley Performing Arts Coliseum is a multi-purpose arena, in Pullman, Washington, on the campus of Washington State University. The arena opened in 1973 and is named for Wallis Beasley, a long-time WSU sociology professor, executive vice president and interim president. Beasley was also WSU's faculty representative for athletics in the 1960s. The current seating capacity is 11,566, for basketball. The venue is home to both the Washington State Cougars men's and women's basketball teams. The current men's basketball coach is Ken Bone, and the current women's basketball coach is June Daugherty. It replaced Bohler Gymnasium which is now home to Cougar volleyball. Located on the east side of campus, the building includes Friel Court, the name of the basketball playing surface honoring Jack Friel. Friel was the longtime head coach of the WSU men's basketball team, leading the Cougars to 495 victories over 30 years. (He was also the first commissioner of the Big Sky Conference, originally based in Pullman from 1963-71). The building's full name reflects the fact that it is used not only for concerts, big-name speakers, dinners, and Commencement, but also for basketball as mentioned above. Seating capacities for concerts range from 2,500 in a theater configuration to 9,000 in an end-stage configuration and 12,000 in the round. The Coliseum's Hall of Fame -- famous entertainers who have performed there -- include comedians such as Bob Hope, Bill Cosby, Jay Leno and Whoopi Goldberg and musical stars or shows such as The 5th Dimension, Tony Orlando and Dawn, Stevie Wonder, Bob Dylan, Elton John, Def Leppard, Metallica, Metal Church, Van Halen, Dana Carvey, Drew Carrey, Montgomery Gentry, Bill Engvall, Howie Mandel, Grease & Cats. The Harlem Globetrotters have performed there five times. Beasley Coliseum hosted the sub-regionals of the 1982 NCAA basketball tournament, from which Oregon State and Palouse neighbor Idaho advanced to the Sweet Sixteen. The coliseum has been the venue, for many years, for the Great Performances series, organized by Festival Dance and Performing Arts Association, of neighboring Moscow, Idaho. Overflow crowds attended lectures by Noam Chomsky on April 22, 2005, and by Jane Goodall on March 8, 2007. On March 6, 2010, the arena hosted a WWE SmackDown house show.