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Reed Arena

Reed Arena

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Reed Arena was already more than 10 years in the making by the time it broke ground in September 1995, having received the first gift, $13 million in January 1986. G. Rollie White Coliseum was built in 1954 and was the location for basketball games, commencement and Muster ceremonies and concerts for several decades. University officials began considering a new venue in 1982, according to a January 1986 Eagle article.

Reed Arena opened on West Campus across from the Student Recreation Center in 1998. Its first event was Aggie Muster, which it continues to annually host. The center became the new home for the basketball teams and host to a variety of events. Volleyball moved into the facility in 2009. In 2005, Reed Arena served as a temporary shelter for Hurricane Katrina and Rita evacuees and Ike evacuees in 2008. A&M provided food, cots and other basic amenities. Famous entertainers to perform in the venue include Bill Cosby, Garth Brooks, the Dixie Chicks. Other acts drawing large crowds include World Wrestling Entertainment, Cirque du Soleil and circus acts by both Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey.

Reed Arena has a seating capacity of 12,989, according to Aggie Athletics. The largest crowd was on Feb. 27, 2010 with 13,717 in attendance at the men’s basketball game against Texas. The Aggies won, 74-58.

Chester J. Reed, class of 1947, was a veterinarian and real estate investor. In 1984, he donated funds for the chancellor’s house. At the time, his $13 million gift was the largest the university had received, according to The Eagle.

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