Southern Miss to borrow funds to renovate Reed Green Coliseum, home of USM basketball

Hannah Ruhoff

Southern Miss’ plans to renovate Reed Green Coliseum took a significant step forward Thursday morning.

The Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning Board of Trustees approved a $35 million Educational Building Corporation bond to increase the project’s budget dramatically.

The renovations were originally budgeted for $15 million, but will now run at a budget of just under $43.2 million.

The project scope, which was detailed in the meeting, calls for building additions of approximately 33,000 square feet and other facility improvements. Among them are a new entrance to the arena, a new training facility and practice court, new bathrooms and an expanded loading dock. Other improvements include new scoreboards and sound systems, an added 225 seats through an expanded concourse with ADA seating options and mini suites, a replacement of existing seating and more.

No timeline of the renovations has been announced.

Reed Green Coliseum is home to Southern Miss men’s and women’s basketball and was constructed in 1964. It was renovated in 2004 and 2009, but most recently in 2018 when the two video boards were added among other minor improvements.

The full details of the renovation plans can be viewed here.