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The Mississippi Coliseum is a 6,500-seat multi-purpose arena in Jackson, Mississippi, located on the Mississippi State Fairgrounds Complex. It was home to the Jackson Bandits minor league ice hockey team from 1999-2003. The Mississippi Coliseum was built in 1962.

The arena has 6,812 seats available for basketball, and can be expanded to 10,000 for concerts.

In addition to the Coliseum, the Mississippi State Fairgrounds includes: The Mississippi Trade Mart, the A & I agricultural complex, and the Kirk Fordice Equine Center.

The Fairgrounds hosts the Mississippi State Fair each October.

Each February, the coliseum and surrounding complex host The Dixie National Rodeo, which is the largest rodeo east of the Mississippi River.

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Trivia

Mississippi State University owns an all-time record of 8-5 in games played at the Mississippi Coliseum since the facility opened in time for the 1962-1963 basketball season, as of December 2004 (Source: Mississippi State University Athletics Department).

The only Mississippi concert ever played by The Grateful Dead took place on December 19, 1978 in the Mississippi Coliseum. Fittingly, the band opened that show with 'Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodeloo'.

Eddie Van Halen celebrated his 29th birthday at the Mississippi Coliseum on January 26, 1984, during a stop on Van Halen's 1984 Tour.

Legendary rock and roll band Kiss opened its Crazy Nights Tour in the Mississippi Coliseum on Friday, November 13, 1987.

As of October 2009, Widespread Panic have not performed the song 'Daisy Mae' since playing it in the Mississippi Coliseum on 10/21/05.

Footage of Aerosmith's May 13, 1990 concert in the Mississippi Coliseum can be seen in the band's video for its song 'The Other Side', taken from the Pump album.

An extinct volcano is located 2,900 feet below the coliseum. [1]

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Coordinates: 32°18′00″N 90°10′20″W / 32.300126°N 90.172121°W / 32.300126; -90.172121

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