Freeman ColiseumFreeman Coliseum Location 3201 East Houston St.
San Antonio, Texas78219 Broke ground November 17, 1947Opened October 19, 1949Renovated 1993 Owner Bexar CountyOperator ? Surface Chilled ConcreteConstruction cost $1.75 million Architect Bartlett Cocke, Phelps & Dewews & Simmons, Atlee B. and Robt. M. Ayres Former names Joe Freeman Bexar County Coliseum, Bexar County Coliseum Tenants San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo(1950-2002)
San Antonio Dragons(IHL) (1996-1998)
San Antonio Iguanas(CHL) (1994-2002) Capacity 11,700 (concerts, boxing and wrstling)
9,500 (motor sports, rodeo and professional bull riding) Field dimensions 294 feet (90 m) wide by 460 feet (140 m) long by 99 feet (30 m) tall
The Joe and Harry Freeman Coliseum, built in 1949, has been host to thousands of events including the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo, concerts, trade shows, motor sports, circus, professional sports including professional bull riding, basketball, hockey, boxing and wrestling. It was the home of the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo until the opening in 2003 of the adjacent AT&T Center, formerly known as SBC Center. Although the main rodeo event is in AT&T Center, stock show and exhibit aspects of the rodeo are still held in Freeman Coliseum.
The arena seats 9,500 for motor sports, rodeos and professional bull riding, 9,800 for basketball and up to 11,700 for concerts, boxing and wrestling. It contains a 77-foot (23 m) ceiling height. When used for trade shows, the arena features 31,250 square feet (2,903 m²) of space, plus 129,500 square feet (12,030 m²) of exhibit space in four adjacent exhibit halls--the 60,000-square-foot (6,000 m²) Morris Center, the 36,000-square-foot (3,300 m²) Exhibit Hall #1, the 20,000-square-foot (2,000 m²) Freeman Building and the 13,500-square-foot (1,250 m²) Exhibit Hall #2.
The Coliseum was home to the San Antonio Rowels and its national team rodeo league competition, as well as two professional hockey teams, the Central Hockey League San Antonio Iguanas and later the International Hockey League San Antonio Dragons from 1996-1998.
- Freeman Coliseum is at coordinates 29°25′37″N 98°26′22″W / 29.426899, -98.439351 (Freeman Coliseum)Coordinates: 29°25′37″N 98°26′22″W / 29.426899, -98.439351 (Freeman Coliseum)