If you are from the Shreveport-Bossier City area, you know that most-familiar dome at Fairgrounds Field, Hirsch Coliseum, where we all grew up sharing an experience of concerts, graduations, special memories to last a lifetime.
Now, one year after reopening, George’s Pond at Hirsch Coliseum continues to remind us of the heritage of this historical building, seen even through the window graphics of Willie Nelson, Elvis Presley and more infamous faces; but also proudly represents new life breathed into a community longing for a place to call home.
George’s Pond, named in memory of George Cloutier, a young hockey player who tragically passed away at the tender age of 12, now is busting at the seams with young hockey players, figure skaters, birthday parties, open public skate, and is well into the inaugural season of Shreveport’s first-time ever NAHL Mudbugs hockey team.
George’s Pond at Hirsch Coliseum is celebrating a one-year birthday this Friday, December 9 with public skating from 6-10 p.m., with special appearances by the Mudbugs’ players, Santa Clawed and more. There will be concessions and even great Christmas gift ideas with the Mudbugs’ 5 for $55 stocking, fan shirts, hats and more.
The multi-million dollar renovations have transformed Hirsch Coliseum into a viable arena for almost any community event. Renovations were made to the lighting, floors, arena seating, concessions, skate rentals, and party rooms. A fresh coat of paint all around and a new built in bar and fireplace, makes George’s Pond like new. Public skating is open Friday – Sunday and many times a “Skate with the Players” following weekend games.