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Blackham Coliseum
Blackham Coliseum
Location 444 Cajundome Boulevard
(at Johnston Street)
Lafayette, Louisiana 70506
Opened 1950
Closed Open
Demolished N/A
Owner University of Louisiana at Lafayette
Operator University of Louisiana at Lafayette
Surface Concrete
Former names N/A
Tenants Louisiana–Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns men's basketball (NCAA) (1950–1984)
Acadiana Mudbugs (SIFL) (2008)
Louisiana IceGators (SPHL) (2009–2010)
Capacity Official: 5,500
Concerts: 9,800
Blackham Coliseum is a multipurpose arena in Lafayette, Louisiana. It was built on the University of Louisiana at Lafayette campus in 1949 as the home to the then-named SLI Bulldogs, now called the Louisiana–Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns men's basketball teams. It remained the home for the men's team until the Cajundome was completed in 1984. The women still play the majority of their games at Blackham Coliseum. It hosted the Southland Conference men's basketball tournament in 1982.

Today it is still in use, seating 5,500 for basketball and up to 9,800 for concerts. It also features 25,000 square feet (2,300 m²) of space at the main arena with two barns adding an additional 46,500 square feet (4,300 m²) of space. Altogether, the three buildings can also be used for trade shows, rodeos and conventions. It was home to the Lafayette Wildcatters of the Southern Indoor Football League for their 2009 season, and in fall 2009, the revived Louisiana IceGators began play there as a member of the Southern Professional Hockey League.


UL Lafayette President Dr. E Joseph Savoie has confirmed that negotiations are underway for a long-term lease to turn the stadium into a film studio. This would help attract even more film companies to Lafayette, and would help create educational opportunities for students who major in UL Lafayette's moving image arts program, the only such program in the state of Louisiana.[1]


  1. Johnson, William (FEBRUARY 2, 2011). Blackham Coliseum may become film studio. Lafayette Daily Advertiser. Retrieved on FEBRUARY 3, 2011.

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