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Location444 Cajundome Boulevard
Lafayette, Louisiana 70506
OwnerUniversity of Louisiana at Lafayette
OperatorCajundome Commission
CapacityBasketball: 11,550
Ice Hockey: 11,433
Concerts: 13,500[1]
Pro Wrestling: 12,121
Broke groundJanuary 27, 1982[2]
OpenedNovember 10, 1985[6]
Construction cost$60 million
($143 million in 2019 dollars[3])
ArchitectNeil Nehrbass
Structural engineerWilliam J. Mouton[4]
General contractorBlunt Brothers Corp.[5]
Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns men's basketball (NCAA) (1985–present)
Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns women's basketball (NCAA) (1985–2018; doubleheaders) (2019–present; regular)
Louisiana IceGators (ECHL) (1995–2005)
Lafayette SwampCats (EISL) (1997–1998)
Lafayette Roughnecks (af2) (2001)
Louisiana IceGators (SPHL) (2010–2016)
Lafayette Wildcatters (SIFL) (2010)

The Cajundome is a 13,500-seat multi-purpose arena located in Lafayette, Louisiana. It is home to the Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns men's and women's basketball programs in addition to hosting various University events and commencement ceremonies including high school graduations.

The arena hosts many regional concerts (seating for concerts 8,481 to 13,500) and special events, such as World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) events and the annual outdoor Cajun Heartland State Fair, an eleven-day state fair that attracts over 175,000. The arena also hosts the annual Jr. Beta Club Louisiana state conventions for middle and elementary school students and previously held the Sr. Beta Conventions for high schoolers. The facility is a recognizable Lafayette landmark that was built by the State of Louisiana, funded by the City of Lafayette, and is owned by the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and managed by the Cajundome Commission.[7]

Currently, the Cajundome is the largest basketball arena in the Sun Belt Conference,[8][circular reference] the largest college basketball arena in Louisiana,[9][circular reference] the third largest overall indoor arena in Louisiana (behind the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans and the CenturyLink Center in Bossier City),[10][circular reference] one of the largest mid-major college basketball arenas, and in the top 10 largest college basketball arenas in the deep south.

  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-10-29. Retrieved 2016-10-28.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ Gomez, Sr., Ronald J. (2006-11-16). "8". My Name Is Ron, and I'm a Recovering Legislator: Memoirs of a Louisiana State Representative. Lafayette, LA: Zemog Publishing (published 2000). pp. 73, 95. ISBN 0-595-86001-X. Retrieved October 31, 2013.
  3. ^ Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. "Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800–". Retrieved January 1, 2020.
  4. ^ Weingardt, Richard G. (May 1, 2013). "William J. Mouton: Tube Structure Pioneer and Foundation Innovator". Structure Magazine. Archived from the original on 2013-11-01. Retrieved October 30, 2013.
  5. ^ "A Concrete Achievement". Engineering News-Record. New York City: McGraw-Hill. 213 (1): 77. 1984. Retrieved October 30, 2013.
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-09-28. Retrieved 2011-09-22.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  7. ^ "Mission Statement of Cajundome". Archived from the original on 2011-07-16. Retrieved 2011-07-20.
  8. ^ "Sun Belt Conference". Wikipedia. 13 August 2020. Retrieved 14 August 2020.
  9. ^ "List of NCAA Division I basketball arenas". Wikipedia. 16 July 2020. Retrieved 14 August 2020.
  10. ^ "Category:Indoor arenas in Louisiana". Wikipedia. 2 April 2017. Retrieved 14 August 2020.

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