It is home to the Samford Bulldogsbasketball and volleyball teams, having replaced Seibert Hall. The facility opened in October 2007 and is named for Pete Hanna, the owner, president and chief executive officer of Hanna Steel Corporation. The arena is named for Thomas and Marla Corts, former president and first lady of Samford University.
The Pete Hanna Center opened on October 18, 2007 with a lecture by best-selling author Walter Isaacson. The 101,000-square-foot (9,400 m2) Hanna Center seats 5,000 in Corts Arena and is the home to Samford University Commencement, as well as playing host to concerts, high school basketball, conferences and a yearly stop from the Harlem Globetrotters. A record crowd of 5,116 watched the Samford men's basketball team take on Davidson College on January 31, 2009. The Hanna Center also contains a workout facility for students, faculty and staff, athletics offices, locker rooms, athletic training and strength and conditioning facilities.
Most recently, the Pete Hanna Center was the host of the 2009 T-Mobile Invitational. The prestigious national high school basketball tournament was played December 29–30, 2009 at the Hanna Center. The Hanna Center is also the host of the yearly Birmingham stop of the World Famous Harlem Globetrotters.