50 Years of Stegeman Coliseum

50 Years of Stegeman Coliseum Sponsored by Athens Regional

Help us celebrate the 50th Season of Stegeman Coliseum by voting for your favorite moments in this historic building.

Starting in November on georgiadogs.com, you can check out a list of the top 50 moments, as selected by a panel of experts. You can vote for as many as 10 events, as many times as you wish.

Then, beginning in January, we'll tabulate the votes and pick the top 32 events. Each week, we'll debut the bracket on georgiadogs.com, and you can vote on each matchup from the Sweet 16, on down through the Final 4, until we crown a Champ.

Again, you can vote for as many as 10 moments in each session, and you can vote as many times as you'd like.

Thanks for helping us celebrate Stegeman's 50th!



2012 Basketball Promotional Schedule

Top Men's Basketball Moments In Coliseum History
(In chronological order)
Feb. 22, 1964The Coliseum was christened with an 81-68 victory over archrival Georgia Tech. Perry, Ga., native Lee Martin scored the first varsity basket in the Coliseum's history, 16 days after scoring the final bucket ever at Woodruff Hall. An 86-51 victory by Georgia's freshman team over Tech's freshmen preceded the inaugural game in, technically speaking, the first game in Coliseum history.
Dec. 3, 1964In perhaps the biggest win of the Red Lawson era, Georgia opened the 1965 season with a 64-61 victory over 13th-ranked North Carolina. Jimmy Pitts and Lee Martin combined for 37 points and the Bulldogs "held" Tar Heel All-American Billy Cunningham to a mere 22 points and 24 rebounds. Lawson was hoisted upon his players' shoulders after the final buzzer.
Feb. 10, 1968In the biggest win of the Ken Rosemond era, Georgia defeated 5th-ranked Tennessee 61-43 behind 17 points from center Bob Lienhard. The New Yorker also contributed in holding the Vols' star center Tom Boerwinkle to just seven points.
Mar. 8, 1969NCAA career scoring leader Pete Maravich of LSU set the Coliseum's single-game scoring record in a 58-point performance that included 41 points after halftime. His final basket - and the minute leading up to it - are the stuff of legends. Nursing an 8-point lead, Maravich dribbled out the final minute of the second overtime with a Globetrotter-like exhibition, capped by a 35-foot hook shot at the buzzer. He and his Tiger teammates were then mobbed by UGA fans and cheerleaders.
Dec. 20, 1971Connecting on 20 of 23 field-goal attempts, senior guard Ronnie Hogue set the UGA single-game scoring record with 46 points in leading the Bulldogs to a 115-95 win over LSU.
Mar. 18-20, 1971The national spotlight came to Athens when UGA played host to the 1971 NCAA Men's Basketball Mideast Regional. Ohio State defeated Marquette in the first game while Western Kentucky downed Kentucky in the semifinal round. Two days later, after Marquette defeated Kentucky in the consolation game, Western staged a late comeback and defeated the Buckeyes 81-78 in overtime to reach the Final Four.
Mar. 11, 1981Georgia played in the postseason for the first time ever, defeating Old Dominion 74-60 in the National Invitation Tournament first round. Dominique Wilkins led all scorers with 21 points and surpassed the 1,000-point career mark in just his 46th collegiate game.
Feb. 25, 1990In his final home game for the Bulldogs, Alec Kessler scored 30 points and helped Georgia overcome a 19-point, second-half deficit to defeat 12th-ranked LSU 86-85. The victory gave Georgia a 1-game lead in the SEC standings as the league schedule entered its final week. It also touched off a wild on-court celebration by UGA students.
Dec. 13, 1995In a return to on-campus venues for the first time in 15 years, Georgia drubbed #19 Georgia Tech 94-70. It marked the fourth-largest margin of victory for the Bulldogs in the annual meeting with their archrival.
Jan. 7, 1994Georgia upset 4th-ranked Kentucky 94-90 in overtime. Reserve forward Steve Jones scored the Bulldogs' last four points on a pair of foul shots with 24 seconds left and, with seven ticks remaining, a steal and layup that sent the sold-out crowd into a frenzy.
Dec. 31, 2002Georgia defeated the highest-ranked opponent ever in Coliseum history when the Bulldogs upset 2nd-ranked and previously unbeaten Pittsburgh 79-67. Senior guard Ezra Williams led the Bulldogs with 20 points, 15 of which came from behind the 3-point stripe.
Jan. 3, 2004Georgia upset 3rd-ranked and previously unbeaten Georgia Tech 83-80 in double overtime behind a career-high 25 points from senior Jonas Hayes.
Top Gymnastics Moments In Coliseum History
(In chronological order)
Jan. 11, 1973Georgia staged its first-ever women's gymnastics competition inside the Coliseum when the 1973 team of coach Melinda Miller entertained Florida. The Bulldogs defeated Florida 73.23 - 54.92.
Mar. 28, 1987 Eventual national champion Georgia won its second SEC title and first in Athens.
Apr. 14, 1989 Georgia claimed its second NCAA title and first in Athens, holding off No. 1 seed UCLA by five-hundredths of a point.
Apr. 15, 1989 A day after leading her team to the NCAA title, Lucy Wener recorded the first perfect 10 in Georgia history on the uneven bars at the NCAA Individual Event Finals.
Jan. 28, 1994 For the first time in coliseum history, a crowd of more than 10,000 turned out to see the Gym Dogs defeat eighth-ranked LSU.
Feb. 23, 1996 Karin Lichey became the only gymnast in college history to post four perfect 10s in Georgia's win over Kentucky.
Feb. 28, 1997Kim Arnold and Leah Brown both scored a pair of 10s on vault and floor as No. 1 Georgia dominated No. 2 Alabama 197.875-196.600.
Mar. 22, 1997 Georgia won its eight league title and second in a row with an SEC Championship record 198.375.
Apr. 4, 1998 Georgia set a school record with a team score of 198.575 to win the NCAA Southeast Regional.
Jan. 13, 2002 Second-ranked Georgia routed top-ranked and two-time defending national champion UCLA, 197.900-196.875, in front of a sold-out crowd at Stegeman Coliseum as Cory Fritzinger equaled the second-highest all-around mark in school history with a 39.8.
Apr. 25, 2008 Georgia tied Utah for the most NCAA titles by winning the fourth of five straight championships.
Mar. 6, 2010 Georgia outlasted eventual national champion UCLA, 197.900-197.875, in the highest-scoring dual meet in coliseum history.
Top Women's Basketball Moments In Coliseum History
(In chronological order)
Jan. 9, 1976 Georgia defeated Tift College, 74-48, in their season opener and first-ever game in then-Georgia Coliseum. The Lady Bulldogs went on to finish 11-9 that season, their only winning campaign prior to Andy Landers' arrival.
Mar. 4, 1984 No. 4 Georgia rallied from a 70-57 deficit with 6:45 remaining to defeat No. 9 LSU, 84-77, in the semifinals of the SEC Tournament. The victory headlined a three-game run to UGA's second straight league crown that also included wins over No. 18 Auburn and No. 12 Alabama.
Jan. 6, 1985 In a clash between two of the nation's premier programs, Georgia defeated the two-time defending NCAA Champion Southern Cal Women of Troy (and Cheryl Miller), 77-56, in front of what was then a record 7,544 fans at the Georgia Coliseum.
Feb. 10, 1986Katrina McClain collected a school-record 24 rebounds, poured in 24 points and blocked six shots to lead No. 2 Georgia to a decisive 93-61 win over No. 4 Western Kentucky.
Mar. 1, 1986 Teresa Edwards' triple-double of 24 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists led No. 2 Georgia in an 88-71 win over Alabama in the quarterfinals of the SEC Tournament. The Lady Bulldogs went on to knock off No. 10 Ole Miss and No. 9 LSU en route to their third SEC title in four years.
Feb. 23, 1991 No. 3 Georgia topped No. 5 Auburn, 70-66, before what was then a Georgia Coliseum-record crowd of 9,011 to complete an undefeated run in league play and clinch the Southeastern Conference title.
Mar. 19, 1995Tracy Henderson recorded a triple-double - just the second in Lady Bulldog history - with 14 points, 13 rebounds and 10 blocks in Georgia's 81-68 victory over Louisville in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Those Lady Bulldogs went on to knock off N.C. State and No. 2 Colorado en route to reaching the NCAA Final Four.
Jan. 8, 1996 No. 7 Georgia defeated No. 4 Tennessee, 77-71, behind a 20-point, eight-assist night from Saudia Roundtree. The victory was Andy Landers' 400th with the Lady Bulldogs and opened a stretch that included wins over No. 24 Auburn, No. 3 Connecticut, No. 10 Penn State and No. 20 Florida.
Dec. 1, 1998 Kelly Miller poured in 29 points, Coco Miller added 22 and Angie Ball chipped in 19 as No. 5 Georgia thumped Manhattan, 97-63, to secure the 500th victory in the history of Lady Bulldog Basketball.
Jan. 17, 2000 Spurred by Deana "Tweety" Nolan's 25-point outburst, Georgia defeated No. 2 Tennessee, 78-51, before a sellout crowd of 10,523 and an MLK Day national television audience.
Mar. 24, 2003 Ebony Felder, Alexis Kendrick and Christi Thomas all scored 17 points to lead No. 19 Georgia to a 74-64 "upset" over No. 23 Rutgers in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. The win capped a perfect 14-0 home record.
Jan. 7, 2010 Ashley Houts and Jasmine James scored the game's final five points to lead Georgia in a 61-60 overtime victory against Kentucky, improving the Lady Bulldogs to a best-ever 15-0 start to a season.
Top Events Moments In Coliseum History
(In chronological order)
Apr. 3, 1964The Annual Georgia State Science Fair, sponsored by the UGA Office of Academic Special Programs, moved to the Coliseum for the first time. Later named the Science and Engineering Fair, it brought together hundreds of middle and high schoolers in a competition of exhibits. Winners advanced to regional and national competitions.
Feb. 16, 1965Legendary jazzman Louis "Satchmo" Armstrong and his All-Stars band played before a packed Coliseum crowd. Though the show started 49 minutes late, Armstrong and his band delighted the crowd with a wide repertoire of songs, including what became his biggest-selling hit, "Hello Dolly," which reached No. 1 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 list two months later.
Oct. 9, 1965Comedian Bill Cosby made the first of two Coliseum appearances as the headlining act of the Interfraternity Council's Homecoming concert of 1965. Promoting his new album titled "Why is There Air?," Cosby was also co-starring in the TV series I Spy at the time. Cosby returned to the Coliseum as the Homecoming concert headliner on Oct. 13, 1998.
Apr. 23, 1966With Diana Ross fronting as lead singer, the Supremes had already amassed six No. 1 hits by the time they played the Coliseum in April of 1966. They eventually had six more, including "You Can't Hurry Love," which topped the charts two months after the show.
May 6, 1966The "Godfather of Soul," James Brown brought his "Famous Flames" to the Coliseum for the annual Greek Week concert. Brown's visit coincided with his hit song "It's a Man's Man's Man's World," reaching No. 1 on the Billboard Top 100 R&B chart. Brown later performed at UGA football games in the 1970s, most notably playing his rallying song "Dooley's Junkyard Dogs."
Oct. 4, 1966Opening with his trademark "Georgia on My Mind," Ray Charles entertained a standing-room-only crowd at the Coliseum with a 3-hour show. The legendary singer was backed by a 16-piece orchestra and The Raelettes.
Oct. 16, 1970World-renowned comedian Bob Hope made the first of two appearances at the Coliseum. He performed there again in 1984 at the age of 81.
Nov. 17, 1970With all of their original members, Macon-based The Allman Brothers Band played the first of two shows at the Coliseum. By the time they returned in 1973, the band had replaced guitarists Duane Allman and Berry Oakley, both of whom died in separate motorcycle accidents in 1971 and 1972, respectively.
Mar. 24-25, 1972Inaugural "World Championship Rodeo," sanctioned by the International Rodeo Association and sponsored locally by the UGA Block and Bridle Club. More than 15,000 fans attended the 2-day event, which was later named "The Great Southland Stampede." It became an annual event at the Coliseum through 2003.
Oct. 19, 1973At the height of his worldwide popularity, Elton John performed a number of hits before a sold-out Coliseum crowd. Promoting his album "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road," John closed the show with a song that can still be heard on certain days on the UGA campus: "Saturday Night's Alright for Fighting."
Mar. 2, 1996The Coliseum was renamed after Herman J. Stegeman, a vital figure in the early development of UGA athletics, in a ceremony before Georgia's basketball game vs. South Carolina.
July 19-Aug. 3, 1996Stegeman Coliseum played host to two athletic competitions as part of the 1996 Summer Olympic Games. During the Games' first week, early-round volleyball matches were held there. The second week featured the team and individual competitions in rhythmic gymnastics.
Dec. 3, 1999Former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev addressed a standing-room-only crowd at Stegeman Coliseum, touching on issues ranging from globalization, the environment and world peace. The event was free of charge and produced a crowd estimated at 11,500, larger than capacity.
Dec. 10, 2000 Two months after becoming the first American basketball player to participate in five Olympic Games, Teresa Edwards delivered the commencement address at the University's fall semester ceremonies. Edwards owns the distinction of being both the youngest and oldest U.S. basketball player to win a Gold Medal, having earned the former as a sophomore at UGA.

 

Notable events that didn't make the cut:
Jan. 28, 1967First collegiate wrestling match held in the Coliseum: Georgia vs. Auburn. Matches were previously held in Stegeman Hall. Final match in Coliseum was vs. Tennessee on Feb. 14, 1980.
May 6, 1967One week after his 17th birthday, Stevie Wonder shared top billing with The Temptations at a sold-out Coliseum.
May 11, 1968Promoting their No. 1 hit duet, "Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing," Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell performed as part of an all-Motown show. Little Anthony and the Imperials also appeared in the show.
Nov. 15, 1968Sharing the bill with UGA alumnus Bill Anderson, singer Loretta Lynn performed as part of a country music festival sponsored by the Athens Luncheon Optimist Club. At the time of the show, Lynn had just achieved the second of 16 hits that reached No. 1 on the Billboard Country chart: "Fist City."
1969-86Men's Gymnastics team competed in Coliseum. Last meet in program history was there on March 12, 1986. Set or matched eight school records in defeating Indiana State.
Feb. 22, 1973Blues legend B.B. King made the first of three Coliseum appearances, sharing the stage and showbill with versatile performer Billy Preston.
April 25, 1973A shaggy, mustachioed James Taylor played and sang 28 songs of his early repertoire, highlighted by the first of his four No. 1 hits: "You've Got a Friend."
Oct. 16, 1974Up-and-coming entertainer Billy Joel played a 90-minute set at the Coliseum that included songs mostly from his most recent compilation, Piano Man, which eventually reached platinum status four times over.
May 17, 1977Southern rock legend Lynyrd Skynyrd headlined a bill that included Atlanta-based band Mother's Finest. Five months later a plane crash took the lives of three original members of Skynyrd and thus ended the band's existence until 10 years later.
April 17, 1979Sporting a Georgia baseball jersey, Jimmy Buffett played to a raucous crowd of nearly 8,000 students at the Coliseum. It was the fourth of what has now become 41 career tours for Buffett.
May 7, 1979Just months after their biggest-selling hit "Y.M.C.A." reached No. 2 on the Billboard Top 100 chart, disco group Village People performed at the Coliseum.
Nov. 13, 1983Despite a crowd estimated to be no larger than 3,500 students, hometown favorites the B-52s played all of their biggest hits, including "Rock Lobster," "Planet Claire" and "Private Idaho."
Oct. 13, 1985Promoting his first solo album "Dream of the Blue Turtles," rock legend Sting appeared before a crowd estimated at 4,500. He nonetheless filled much of his set list with songs that made him famous as front man for The Police, including the finale, an acoustic version of "Message in a Bottle."
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