Reed Arena

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Reed Arena
Reed Arena Logo.png
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Location730 Olsen Boulevard
College Station, Texas 77843
Coordinates30°36′21″N 96°20′46″W / 30.60578°N 96.34619°W / 30.60578; -96.34619Coordinates: 30°36′21″N 96°20′46″W / 30.60578°N 96.34619°W / 30.60578; -96.34619
OwnerTexas A&M University
OperatorTexas A&M University
Broke groundSeptember 16, 1995[1]
OpenedNovember 22, 1998
Construction cost$36.7 Million
($57.6 million in 2019 dollars[2])
ArchitectLockwood, Andrews & Newman, Inc.[3]
Structural engineerWalter P Moore
D.Y. Davis Associates, Inc.[3]
Services engineerKalmans Marshall Engineering, Inc.[4]
General contractorHuber, Hunt & Nichols, Inc.[3]
Texas A&M Aggies basketball (NCAA) (1998–present)
Texas A&M Aggies volleyball (NCAA) (2009–present)

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 whose donations made the new arena possible.[5]

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.[6]

In recent years, Reed Arena has gained a reputation as one of the most hostile arenas in the nation, coinciding with the men's and women's Aggie basketball teams rise to national prominence. This is partly due to a group of students calling themselves the Reed Rowdies, which have been instrumental in helping to create an energetic fan atmosphere during basketball games similar to that of football games at Kyle Field.


Reed Arena first opened its doors in 1998 as a member of Texas A&M Special Event Facilities. The arena was named after its primary donor Chester Reed, Texas A&M Class of 1947. The building hosts many official functions for Texas A&M University. With enough indoor seating capacity for 12,500 guests, the arena makes an ideal location for the university's graduation ceremonies, freshmen convocation, and Aggie Muster ceremonies. The main purpose behind building the arena was to house the Texas A&M's men's and women's basketball teams However, unlike all the other athletic facilities on campus, Reed Arena operates under the Department of Finance, not the Athletic Department.[7]

While in the planning stages, Chester Reed donated an operations endowment to help run the building during its first five years. However, due to initial over-estimating of revenue and budget shortfalls during construction, this endowment was unable to make the arena become self-sufficient.[7] For all of these reasons mentioned above, Reed Arena cannot just focus on basketball and other university events. As a necessary function, the Arena has developed pipelines of support from a multitude of different stakeholders and events that operate both within the local community and internationally.[citation needed] In its many years of operation, Reed Arena has hosted a wide variety of famous performers including Bill Cosby, Garth Brooks, The Dixie Chicks, as well as the performers of World Wrestling Entertainment, Cirque du Soleil, and Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus.[7]

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.[7] The arena has seats for 12,989 fans, while an additional 2,000 people can be accommodated on the main floor for concerts.

Reed Arena is able to provide group accommodations on many different levels. Events can greatly vary in size; the Arena can accommodate an event involving thousands of patrons or a small meeting that contains only 15 participants on any given day. The arena floor contains 25,000 square feet (2,300 m2) of column-free space, large enough to accommodate 150 exhibit booths or a 1,800 seat banquet. This figure almost doubles the space any other building in the Bryan/College Station area. The second floor contains four 1,200 square feet (110 m2) rooms, which can be used to accommodate smaller events. The lower level of the arena also contains a 7,500 square feet (700 m2) multi-purpose room, a full-service commercial kitchen, and numerous types of dressing rooms.

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 $5.

Cox-McFerrin Center[edit]

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 (3,700 m2) 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 (6,450 m2) and a total cost of $21.5 million.[8]

Attendance records[edit]

2007 Lone Star Showdown game at Reed Arena
Reed Arena Exterior, 2016
Reed Arena's Interior, 2016

12 largest men's basketball crowds:

Attendance Opponent Date
1 13,888 LSU January 19, 2016
2 13,717 Texas February 27, 2010
3 13,657 Kansas February 15, 2010
4 13,648 Texas Tech January 30, 2010
5 13,584 Oklahoma State February 16, 2008
6 13,555 Texas January 30, 2008
7 13,300 Texas January 31, 2011
8 13,263 Kentucky February 10, 2018
9 13,203 Missouri March 3, 2007
10 13,196 Texas February 5, 2007
11 13,187 Oklahoma State January 20, 2007
12 13,176 Texas March 1, 2006

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Carter, Al (September 15, 1995). "Ground to Be Broken Saturday for Arena". The Dallas Morning News. Retrieved February 14, 2012.
  2. ^ Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. "Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800–". Retrieved January 1, 2020.
  3. ^ a b c Griffs, Lawrence G.; Ashcraft, Douglas G. (October 1, 1998). "Table Top Truss Supports Arena Roof" (PDF). Modern Steel Construction. Retrieved February 14, 2012.
  4. ^ "Educational". Kalmans Marshall Engineering, Inc. Retrieved November 12, 2013.
  5. ^ Zwerneman, Brent (December 4, 2008). "Aggies Insider: Reed Arena's Short History Only Colorful As of Late". San Antonio Express-News. Archived from the original on November 12, 2013. Retrieved December 4, 2008.
  6. ^ "Aggies to Host Clemson on Wednesday in First Round of NIT". Texas A&M Athletics. March 13, 2005. Archived from the original on December 11, 2006. Retrieved February 28, 2007.
  7. ^ a b c d "Reed Arena". Texas A&M Athletics. Archived from the original on September 24, 2008. Retrieved February 27, 2007.
  8. ^ Huffman, Holly (February 3, 2007). "Regents Approve San Antonio Site, Reed Arena Additions". The Bryan-College Station Eagle. Archived from the original on September 27, 2007. Retrieved February 3, 2007.

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