History

Beasley Coliseum in Pullman, Washington is the home of Washington State Cougars men’s and women’s basketball teams. The 11,671-seat arena opened in 1973 and is named after long-time Washington State University sociology professor and executive vice president Wallis Beasley.

Beasley Coliseum has undergone a few minor renovations since opening. The seating was reconfigured a few times in the mid-2000s with the seating capacity fluctuating from 12,058 to 11,566 to 11,671. The court inside the arena was also renamed Friel Court after longtime Cougars basketball coach Jack Friel in 1977.

In addition to hosting Cougars basketball, there have been many notable events held at Beasley Coliseum over the years. The first sporting event held at Beasley Coliseum was an exhibition game between the NBA’s Seattle SuperSonics and Portland Trail Blazers on September 25, 1973. The arena also hosted sub-regionals of 1975, 1982, and 1984 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournaments. Outside of basketball games, Beasley Coliseum has been the site of many concerts and speaking engagements featuring the likes of Bob Dylan, Stevie Wonder, and Noam Chomsky.

Historic Events