Reed ArenaReed Arena Location Texas A&M University
College Station, TX 77843 Opened November 22, 1998 Owner Texas A&M University Operator Texas A&M University Surface Parquet Construction cost $36 Million Architect Lockwood, Andrews & Newman, Inc. Tenants Texas A&M Aggies basketball
(Men's & Women's) Capacity 12,989
Reed Arena is a sports arena and entertainment venue located at the corner of Olsen Boulevard and Kimbrough Boulevard in College Station, Texas. This facility is used for Texas A&M University basketball games and commencement ceremonies, concerts, trade shows, family entertainment, and Texas A&M student programs, including the on-campus Aggie Muster. The building replaced the G. Rollie White Coliseum, and is named for Dr. & Mrs. Chester J. Reed, a 1947 A&M graduate who donated assets to the college which were used to fund the new arena.
In 2005, Reed Arena served as the site of men's and women's first round NIT games, as the men played Clemson and the women played Tulsa. Both the men's and women's Aggie basketball teams have seen steady improvement in recent years partly due to a student group known as the Reed Rowdies, which have been instrumental in helping to create an energetic fan atmosphere during basketball games.
- Location: College Station, Texas
- Current owner: Texas A&M University System
- Area: 236,000 ft² (21,900 m²)
- Portable stage: 80 by 40 feet
- 1 Facilities
- 2 Hurricane relief
- 3 Attendance records
- 4 References
- 5 External links
The $36 million Reed Arena was designed by the Houston firm Lockwood, Andrews, and Newman, Inc. and built in 1998 by Dallas-based Huber, Hunt and Nichols, Inc. The arena has seats for 12,989 fans, while an additional 2000 people can be accommodated on the 25,000 square foot main floor for concerts. The building has eight meeting rooms, including a 6000 square foot multipurpose room overlooking the Arena floor, which sits 32 feet below ground level.
The arena is surrounded by four parking lots, which hold a combined 1500 cars, and is also within walking distance of a 3,750 capacity parking garage and numerous other parking lots. Generally event parking costs between $3 and $5.
Basketball games are played on a parquet wood floor which made its debut on August 12, 1998. The floor contains 210 sections, each weighing 190 pounds, and generally takes six adults five hours to assemble. Both the men's and women's basketball team make use of a full size practice gym on the bottom floor of the arena, conveniently located near the Aggie locker rooms.Exterior of Reed Arena
In February 2006, the 12th Man Foundation, a fund raising organization associated with Texas A&M Athletics, announced plans for an effort to build the Cox-McFerrin Center, a 40,000 square foot addition to Reed Arena, providing new men's and women's basketball locker rooms, practice gyms, and player lounges. On February 2, 2007, the A&M System Board of Regents approved a revised plan, increasing the size of the facility to 69,400 square feet and a total cost of $21.5 million.
Following Hurricane Katrina in 2005, Texas A&M opened Reed Arena as a temporary shelter to house over 200 evacuees from New Orleans. Although school was barely in session and there was minimal notice, the students and staff of A&M prepared the facility, setting up several hundred beds on the arena floor and making arrangements for the evacuees to get new clothes and have medical checks. Aggie students organized a child care facility, and Aggie athletes escorted many of the teenagers to the Aggie Rec Center to play basketball. Less than three weeks later, Reed Arena was again opened as a temporary shelter for people fleeing Hurricane Rita.
Attendance records2007 Lone Star Showdown game at Reed Arena
Ten largest men's basketball crowds:Attendance Opponent Date 1 13,584 Oklahoma State CowboysFeb. 16, 2008 2 13,555 Texas LonghornsJan. 30, 2008 3 13,203 Missouri TigersMar. 3, 2007 4 13,196 Texas LonghornsFeb. 5, 2007 5 13,187 Oklahoma State CowboysJan. 20, 2007 6 13,176 Texas LonghornsMar. 1, 2006 7 13,158 Oklahoma SoonersFeb. 2, 2008 8 13,151 St. Joseph's HawksMar. 24, 2005 9 13,136 Texas Tech Red RaidersFeb. 26, 2005 10 13,051 Baylor BearsFeb. 24, 2007
- ^ Texas A&M Athletics Athletic Facilities
- ^ Aggies to Host Clemson on Wednesday in First Round of NIT. Texas A&M University (March 13, 2005). Retrieved on 2007-02-28.
- ^ a b Reed Arena. Texas A&M University Athletic Department. Retrieved on 2007-02-27.
- ^ Arena Information. Texas A&M University. Retrieved on 2007-02-27.
- ^ Gates, Robert M. (September 6, 2005). Relief Efforts at Texas A&M. Texas A&M University. Retrieved on 2007-02-27.
- ^ Watkins, Matthew (September 22, 2005). A&M to host coastal evacuees, hospital transfers. The Battalion. Retrieved on 2007-02-27.
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