Sam Houston State University

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

Bearkat Basketball Doubleheader vs. Lamar

Bearkat Basketball Doubleheader vs. Lamar

1/26 3pm
Bearkat Women's Basketball vs. Southeastern Louisiana

Bearkat Women's Basketball vs. Southeastern Louisiana

1/30 6:30pm
Bearkat Basketball Doubleheader vs. Stephen F. Austin

Bearkat Basketball Doubleheader vs. Stephen F. Austin

2/2 3pm
Bearkat Barbeque Cookoff

Join Bearkat Athletics and SHSU Student Activities for the Bearkat Barbeque Cookoff on Wednesday, February 6 at 5:30 PM. The event is free to attend for all...

2/6 5:30pm
Bearkat Men's Basketball vs. Mcneese

Bearkat Men's Basketball vs. Mcneese

2/6 6:30pm

Recent Events

Recent Activity

skapepaw Wow

skapepaw Wow left a positive review 1/15/2019

It's a nice Colosseum for basketball and volleyball can't wait to see a match I know it will be entertaining and if you have time try this one out ! :

Tesla Cadena

Tesla Cadena left a positive review 10/1/2018

They started very close to on time, it was quick, and I was surprised by the quantities of packaged meat they were giving away. I now have enough to share.

The only thing I maybe would've changed is I would've asked if the meat was already precooked (it looked like it, but I wasn't sure), and what the expiration date for it would be. Otherwise, great event.

Katie Tyler

Katie Tyler left a positive review 8/19/2018


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!