Reed Arena, a 12,989-seat special events center located on the west side of campus, opened in the fall of 1998.
Reed Arena serves as the home for Texas A&M men's and women's basketball teams after 44 years in G. Rollie White Coliseum for the men and 24 seasons for the women. Complete with the amenities of a NBA arena and the atmosphere of a collegiate setting, Reed Arena provides A&M with one of the best basketball arenas in the southwest and provides first-class accommodations not only for Aggie basketball but for major concerts, commencement ceremonies and a variety of other events.
The arena is named for Houston veterinarian Dr. Chester J. Reed, a 1947 graduate of A&M, and his wife, Billie Jean. In 1986, the Reeds contributed 265 acres of undeveloped land west of Houston to the university, forming the nucleus of assets used to fund the facility.
Reed Arena was constructed by Huber, Hunt & Nichols, Inc., of Dallas, and was designed by the architectural/engineering firm of Lockwood, Andrews and Newman, Inc., of Houston.
The facility contains the main arena, a full-size practice gym, meeting rooms, performance support and administrative space, visitor/home team dressing rooms and parking.
The playing surface for the Aggies is a parquet wood floor that was originally delivered and displayed in Reed Arena on August 12, 1998. It was constructed by Robbins Floors in Cincinnati, Ohio and measures 60 feet by 112 feet.
There are 210 sections that make up the main playing floor, each weighing approximately 190 pounds. On average, it takes six adults about five hours to assemble.
One of the many amenities for the Aggies in Reed Arena is the full-size practice gym located on the bottom floor of the east side of the facility, conveniently next to the Aggies' locker room.
The gym is large enough to house six portable baskets/standards, helping to maximize the Aggies' practice time. Regardless of what event is being held in the main arena, the practice gym allows the Aggies to always have a gym to workout in.
The Aggies' dressing room is conveniently located between the main floor and the practice gym in a non-public area of Reed Arena. A private elevator is available for squad members to have an easier time entering and exiting the facility.
The dressing room has large lockers, with mirrors and lights in each, as well as secure areas in each to keep valuables. A separate players’ lounge area with a stereo and big-screen television anchor the rooms, while private showers and restroom facilities make the locker room more like home.
A full size training room is adjacent to the dressing room and is designed so that members of both the men's and women's teams can use the area at the same time. The training room contains two whirlpools, three treatment stations and two taping areas. All of the latest medical supplies are readily available to the medical staff in the Reed Arena training room.
There are 10 meeting rooms in Reed Arena which can house a variety of events. Pregame and postgame gatherings are planned for many games and will regularly occupy the 6,000 square foot room high atop the second level on the east side.
Since Reed Arena is owned by the University and not the Athletic Department, it is operated by Texas A&M's Special Event Facilities Department under the direction of Steven M. Hodge.