BancorpSouth Arena
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Former namesTupelo Coliseum (1993–2001)
BancorpSouth Center (2001–2006)
Location375 East Main Street, Tupelo, Mississippi 38804
Coordinates34°15′34″N 88°41′59″W / 34.259539, -88.69964
OpenedOctober 9, 1993
Field dimensions32,000 sq ft (3,000 m2) without ice[1]
209.5 ft (63.9 m) total floor length with south risers extended*
234 ft (71 m) total floor space with south risers folded*
130 ft (40 m) total width*
70 ft (21 m) width seating*
* (no ice)
Tupelo T-Rex (WPHL) (1998–2001)
Tupelo FireAntz (NIFL/UIF) (2001–2005)
Tupelo T-Rex (AWHL) (2001–2003)
Mississippi MudCats (AIFA) (2007–2008)
Mississippi Hound Dogs (UIFL) (2012)

BancorpSouth Arena, formerly Tupelo Coliseum, and BancorpSouth Center, until December 2006,[2] is a 10,000-seat multi-purpose arena, near downtown Tupelo, Mississippi, named for the locally based BancorpSouth, a large multi-state commercial banking company.

It was the home of the Tupelo FireAnts and Mississippi MudCats arena football and the Tupelo T-Rex ice hockey teams. It was also the home of the Mississippi Hound Dogs of the Ultimate Indoor Football League.

The $16 million, 32,000 square foot (3,000 m²) facility was built in 1993, and is one of the more modern arenas, serving a small market in the Mid-south. Its lot was previously occupied by a shopping mall called Downtown Mall. When the mall closed in 1990 the arena was retrofitted from the old building.[3][4]

The arena also seats 8,000 for sports events, ranging from basketball to rodeos.

From 2001 to 2005, the arena hosted the Gulf South Conference Basketball Tournament.

The arena has also hosted the Harlem Globetrotters on several occasions. One Memphis Pharaohs (Arena Football League) home game was held there in 1996. Country music artists are popular performers at the BancorpSouth Arena. Faith Hill, Tim McGraw, Miranda Lambert, and Dwight Yoakum have scheduled performances in the venue. The arena can be scaled down to 4,500 for theater-style concerts. The arena is also used for trade shows and conventions (33,800 square feet (3,140 m²) of exhibit space plus 5,000 square feet (500 m²) of meeting space.).

On November 14, 2008, the arena hosted the Mississippi State Bulldogs club hockey team in a game against the Loyola University New Orleans club in the arena's first venture into ice hockey since the T-Rex left in 2003.

On November 21, 2010, the BancorpSouth Arena hosted a college basketball game featuring the Memphis Tigers and the LSU Tigers.

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Preceded by
Pyramid Arena
Home of the Memphis Pharaohs
1996 (One game)
Succeeded by
Rose Garden Arena
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