Freeman Coliseum

Freeman Coliseum

San Antonio’s Freeman Coliseum features concerts, hockey, ice shows, trade shows, boxing, basketball, circuses with seating and parking for 10,000 patrons, plus 180,000ft exhibit space.

The Freeman Coliseum is representative of so many different memories to so many San Antonians. Over the past 52 years Freeman Coliseum has been host to thousands of events varying from three-ring circus acts to concerts and boxing events.

Certainly, the most memorable to San Antonians is the San Antonio Livestock Show and Rodeo. The Rodeo has been a tenant of Freeman Coliseum since it hosted its first Rodeo in 1950. Millions of locals and visitors alike have attended not only the Rodeo, but the many events that the San Antonio Livestock Exposition (S.A.L.E.) hosts in association with the Rodeo throughout the year.

For several decades the Coliseum generated profit from very few events annually. Rodeo was the primary revenue generator, supplemented by horse and dog shows, cattle auctions and furniture auctions.

In the 60s, it is said that such celebrities as Elvis Presley, Lawrence Welk and Roy Rogers performed at Freeman Coliseum. Additional events included home and automotive shows, Holiday on Ice, Chamber of Commerce Annual Meetings, Ballet Folklorico de Mexico, Pittsburgh Symphony with Van Cliburn, Duke Ellington Review, Policeman’s Benefit Ball, Ice Capades and the Harlem Globetrotters.

In the 70s, concerts began to be the hot attraction. Jack Orbin and Stone City Attractions

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Freeman Coliseum

3201 E. Houston, San Antonio, TX 78219


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