Bernard G. Johnson Coliseum

Bernard G. Johnson Coliseum, the home of Sam Houston State University men's and women's basketball and volleyball, seats 6,110 fans. The arena was dedicated on Feb. 9, 1976, with a 59-54 defeat of Southwest Texas State.

The Coliseum is home to SHSU Volleyball as well as the SHSU Men's and Women's Basketball teams. It hosts a variety of recreational sports activities and university calendar events including graduation, concerts, campus organization events, summer camps, and family shows.

The building hosts approximately 80 events each year, spanning 250 days, and is open for rental from student, university, and non-affiliated groups.



1964 Bobby K. Marks Drive Huntsville, Texas 77340




Mon-Fri 8 a.m.-6 p.m., Sat 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m.




Upcoming Events

SHSU Spirit Programs National Showcase

Please join us as Coed Cheer, All Girl Cheer, the Orange Pride Dance Team and Sammy the Bearkat perform for the last time at home before heading to the 2018...

3/25 6pm
Spring Ring Ceremony

Hosted by the Alumni Association, Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs, and Balfour, the Sam Houston State University Official Ring Ceremony will...

Spring Teacher Career Fair

Looking for an opportunity in the industry? Come network with professionals in the field ready to hire you. Bring several copies of your resume and dress in...

4/11 9am
Commencement, Bernard G. Johnson Coliseum

See the Commencement Schedule on the Registrar's Office webpage.

Commencement, Bernard G. Johnson Coliseum

See the Commencement Schedule on the Registrar's Office webpage.


Recent Events

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Kathy Chisum

Kathy Chisum left a positive review 3/19/2018

Well organized, great selection! Thank you!

Grace Moore

Grace Moore left a positive review 8/21/2017

Extremely funny and I enjoyed myself waaay more than I expected. Nicole Byer tried a little too hard with some of her jokes but Rip Michaels and Nick Cannon had me in hysterics. It was great to take a break from college and responsibilities and have a good laugh.

Julio Carrizales

Julio Carrizales left a positive review 4/3/2017

I had a great experience and was glad that I was able to participate in this great tradition. Meant so much to my family and I, as I achieved a milestone in my educational career.

Yamilex Velez

Yamilex Velez left a positive review 4/3/2017

The staff was wonderful when there was an issue to be handled!

Yohelis Flores

Yohelis Flores left a positive review 3/29/2017

It was a good show! Just some sounds issues, sometimes It was very hard to hear because the echoing. but overall it was great!

Katherine Dill

Katherine Dill left a positive review 2/26/2017

Great venue, excellent seating.

Wyn Carlisle

Wyn Carlisle left a positive review 1/27/2017

Loved it! Got to meet all three after the show and they were extremely nice. Such a cool event for the university to offer! Comics were very funny in my opinion. Having a headliner that was nearly the same age as a lot of the students was a good call. Great event!

Lorri Caruso

Lorri Caruso left a positive review 1/24/2017

Thank you for allowing students to go to the show for free. I thought Aidy Bryant was funny. Pete Davidson was extremely offensive. His set-long desire for students to give him drugs was inexcusable and a terrible example for all those who were present.

Ethan Giles

Ethan Giles left a negative review 1/24/2017

They weren't funny bc there were no jokes that were little jokes that were offensive. People like being offended. And this showcase was mediocre. Pick better comedians next time.

Benita Jones

Benita Jones left a positive review 3/22/2016

Was the best concert I've been to.