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Barton Coliseum Little Rock

Barton Coliseum

T. H. Barton Coliseum is a 7,150-seat multi-purpose arena located within the Arkansas State Fairgrounds in Little Rock, Arkansas. It is the former home of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock Trojans basketball team, the defunct Arkansas GlacierCats ice hockey team of the WPHL (now d.b.a. as the CHL) and the defunct Arkansas Impact of the Premier Basketball League.

The Trojans moved into Alltel Arena when it opened in 1999 and remained there until the team moved into the on-campus Jack Stephens Center in 2005. Prior to the Trojans’ move to the Sun Belt Conference, the venue hosted five Atlantic Sun Conference men’s basketball tournaments in 1983, 1986, 1987, 1989, and 1990. It has since hosted three Sun Belt Conference men’s basketball tournaments.

During the annual Arkansas State Fair, the coliseum is the venue for the fair’s rodeo events. Additionally, it is used as the location throughout the year for spectator events featuring monster trucks, motorcycle acrobatics, and more.

Countless rock concerts were held here until the completion of Alltel Arena. This fan-friendly site sold general admission tickets so that hardcore fans arriving hours before the doors opened could just about guarantee themselves a spot on the barrier. The entire floor of the coliseum was standing room only. Tailgating in the parking lot before the shows made these rock concerts all day parties. Concerts of note include: Kiss-Destroyer Tour in 1976, Rush-Moving Pictures Tour in 1981, Iron Maiden-Piece of Mind Tour in 1983, Van Halen-1984 Tour, Metallica-Black Album Tour in 1991, AC/DC during their Razor’s Edge World tour in 1991, Korn-Follow the Leader Tour in 2000, and so many others. In 1973, Blue Oyster Cult made a live recording of Don’t Fear the Reaper which was later used on the Some Enchanted Evening album.