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Reed Arena

College Station, TX

Home of the Texas A&M Aggies

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Reed Arena (map it)
730 Olsen Boulevard
College Station, TX 77843


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Year Opened: 1998

Capacity: 12,989

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A Basketball Howdy from Aggieland

Reed Arena is located in College Station, Texas, in the Texas A&M University athletic complex, near the west side of campus. The facility is home to the Texas A&M men's and women's basketball teams, the volleyball team, major concerts, commencement ceremonies, and a variety of other events. The two-level arena has a single concourse, with a seating capacity of 12,989. Reed Arena opened in the fall of 1998, and is named for Houston veterinarian Dr. Chester J. Reed and his wife, Billie Jean (Dr. Reed is a 1947 graduate of A&M).

Reed Arena was the home court for the 2011 NCAA women's basketball National Champion Texas A&M Aggies, and has also served as the site for both the men's and women's first round of the National Invitational Tournament (NIT). The largest crowd for a men's basketball game here (13,888) took place on January 19th, 2016 versus LSU.

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What is FANFARE?

The FANFARE scale is our metric device for rating each stadium experience. It covers the following:

  • Food & Beverage
  • Atmosphere
  • Neighborhood
  • Fans
  • Access
  • Return on Investment
  • Extras

Each area is rated from 0 to 5 stars with 5 being the best. The overall composite score is the "FANFARE Score".

Food & Beverage    3

Reed Arena has nine permanent concession stands located on the concourse level, along with various temporary stands. The concessions here offer all of the expected stadium fare at typical stadium prices.

At the regular stands, Aggie nachos are $10, while regular nachos cost $4.50, and you can add extra cheese or chili to either size for an additional $1.75. There are a couple of food values as well, such as a combo including a hamburger, chips, and a souvenir soda, or a souvenir popcorn, for $10. You can also find Slovacek sausage and bratwurst for $5.50, or an Aggie dog (a basic hot dog), peanuts, or candy for about $4 each. A standard stadium pretzel costs $5.

In addition to the main stands, there are temporary stations that provide different menu options than what you can get at the regular stands. For example, the Aggie Hospitality stand provides California nachos, topped with black beans, pico de gallo, cheese sauce, pulled pork, black olives, salsa, and sour cream, or you can get a high calorie, foot-long chili cheese dog with the hefty price tag of $12. There is also a very good BBQ sandwich for $10, or a Double Dave's pepperoni roll for $7. Chick-fil-A has even set up a home inside Reed Arena, providing combo meals for $10. All of the fixed concessions stands accept credit cards.

The soda products offered inside Reed Arena are Pepsi products. The concessions stands offer two sizes - regular for $4, or large, which comes in a 12th Man souvenir cup, for $6. Aquafina bottled water and Gatorade cost $4 each. While Reed Arena may not offer a significant number of novelty concessions, you should find plenty to choose from to satisfy any appetite while attending an event inside the venue.

Atmosphere    4

The atmosphere at Reed Arena is excellent, and although it may not be on the same level as Kyle Field, the 12th Man and the Spirit of Aggieland are alive and well among the "Reed Rowdies."

The Reed Rowdies namesake consists of a student group that promotes Aggie basketball on campus. However, any student attending a game at Reed Arena is considered a Reed Rowdy. The Reed Rowdies are found on the baselines wearing white t-shirts, and can be seen waving towels to rally the team and their fellow onlookers. These students, along with the Texas A&M Yell Leaders, keep the Aggie spirit and tradition thriving during each basketball game.

The most recognizable Aggie tradition comes alive at the beginning of each half, and after the game is over. This is The Aggie War Hymn, when you'll witness Aggie upon Aggie linking arms and legs and swaying back and forth, in a motion similar to that of a sawblade. This motion is to symbolize "sawing Varsity's horns off," referring to Texas A&M's most-hated rival, the Texas Longhorns.

Watch the Aggies sway in unison while singing The Aggie War Hymn, here:

Legend has it that the Longhorns mascot (a Texas steer) used to be named Varsity, but in 1917, a group of A&M students snuck into Austin and branded him with a 13-0 marking, the score of A&M's 1916 gridiron victory over Texas. UT students are said to have hurriedly responded by adding some branding of their own, turning the 13-0 into the word BEVO (the 1 and 3 became a 'B', the dash became an 'E', and the 'V' was added), which is the current name of the Longhorns mascot. Nevertheless, since tradition is king at Texas A&M, the Aggies continue to sing the original lyrics. In fact, their yells and songs still refer to the university as Texas AMC, in reference to the fact that A&M used to be a college.

Some games at Reed Arena feature the Corp of Cadets supporting the team from a section on the baseline, near where the Aggie Dance team is situated. The Aggie Dance team performs choreographed routines during timeouts and at halftime. Texas A&M doesn't have a traditional cheerleading squad, as the Yell Leaders and Reed Rowdies easily get the crowd participating in A&M's yells - the Yell Leaders use hand signals to tell the crowd what yell to do next, by signaling to the front row and then having the fans pass it backwards up to the top of the arena, so that all the fans can do the yell in unison.

See the team come onto the court, and watch the Yell Leaders signaling the crowd, here:

Overall, the atmosphere can be really spectacular at Reed Arena, especially when a top-ranked team such as Kentucky comes to town. Even without a marquee team, however, the atmosphere is above average, because of the Spirit of Aggieland.

Neighborhood    4

Reed Arena is located on the campus of Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas, just off George Bush Drive, on the corner of Olsen Boulevard and Kimbrough Boulevard. College Station and nearby Bryan are located in East Central Texas, about one-and-a-half hours northwest of Houston. The two cities together are referred to as the Bryan-College Station metropolitan area, and make up the 16th largest metropolitan area in the state of Texas, with a population of approximately 170,000.

College Station is constantly listed among the great college towns, and just north of Texas A&M University, on the other side of University Drive, is the Northgate District. The Northgate District provides many restaurants and bars that have an amazing pre or postgame atmosphere. The Dixie Chicken, commonly referred to as "The Chicken," has been serving College Station since 1974, and is located directly across from Texas A&M's campus. The Chicken is a great place to grab a beer before or after the game, and listen to live country music. Not only is the Dixie Chicken known to be a favorite watering hole among Aggies, but the bar also claims to serve the most beer per square foot of any bar in the United States, and it also has a variety of food selections at reasonable prices.

For the craft beer lover, just around the corner from The Dixie Chicken is the Blackwater Draw Brewing Company. Or, if you're looking to find some BBQ in the area, avoid BBQ 13-0, as it is definitely not a good test of Texas BBQ. 13-0 is more for A&M students who need a late night BBQ sandwich to absorb their earlier alcoholic beverages. However, College Station and Bryan do have a few BBQ places to enjoy, such as Fargo's Pit BBQ, Kreuz Market, and my personal favorite, C&J BBQ. C&J BBQ has three locations within a few miles of campus, and is worth your time.

Alternatively, on the south side of campus there is a well-known College Station burger place, Koppe Bridge. Koppe Bridge has two locations, but the original is on Wellborn Road. Originally an old feed store, this restaurant opened in 1992. For history buffs, some of the original timbers in the floor are from the old Koppe Bridge that spanned the Brazos River until the late 1920s, when the bridge was destroyed by flood waters.

Texas A&M University's campus is a great way to spend time before or after a game. The one place on campus that is truly a must when visiting College Station is the Bonfire Memorial, located next to the TAMU golf course. This memorial represents the bond that Aggies have with one another, and embodies the spirit, history, and traditions long celebrated and honored by Texas A&M students and former students; the memorial is a tribute to the individuals who lost their lives or were injured during the tragic 1999 bonfire collapse. The campus is also home to the George Bush (senior) Presidential Library and Museum.

Fans    5

Aggie fans are unique compared to those at other schools, in that there is a bond among Aggies. Texas A&M University is recognized as the Home of the 12th Man, a football reference, because the crowd stands throughout the game to show support for their team, each and every Aggie waiting (figuratively) to be called onto the field to play in the game if needed.

This tradition goes back to 1922, when a former A&M football player named E. King Gill was called from the stands during a football game after several players were injured. Gill suited up and sat on the bench for most of the game, but never needed to go in. His willingness to serve, however, ignited Aggie fans to loudly and energetically support their team forevermore; a larger-than-life statue of E. King Gill now stands at one corner of Kyle Field.

The Aggie Spirit is felt not just in football, but in basketball as well; there are no bandwagon fans when it comes to Aggieland. When you visit Texas A&M, you'll learn that being an Aggie is about much more than just buying school apparel; either you're an Aggie or you're not. Despite this extreme loyalty, however, you'll typically find Aggie fans to be polite and respectful to visitors.

Listen to the fans at Reed Arena singing The Spirit of Aggieland, here:

Access    4

Reed Arena is located on the campus of Texas A&M University near the intersection of Olsen Boulevard and Kimbrough Boulevard, not far from the baseball stadium, softball field, and track. Most of the parking lots in this area are reserved or require permits, so it is better to follow the signs for general parking; general parking is cash only at $5 per vehicle, but is very close to Reed Arena. Overall, you should have no problem finding parking.

Reed Arena's main box office is located at the main entrance, across from the Student Rec Center on Olsen Boulevard. There are also satellite box offices at each of the other entrances, making it very easy to just walk up and buy a ticket. The doors open one hour prior to tip off.

It is easy to get into Reed Arena from any of the four entrances, and handicap access and restrooms are easily accessible. The concourse is wide, and there is plenty of signage to help you find your section, regardless of whether you're sitting in the lower level or the upper. Texas A&M University does have a clear bag policy for all Aggie athletics home events. To be clear on what bags are allowed into Reed Arena, you can click on www.12thMan.com/BeClear.

Return on Investment    5

TAMU men's basketball ticket prices are very affordable for top-notch college basketball; the price depends on where you want to sit. The best seats in Reed Arena are priced at $25 for courtside, with the rest of the lower bowl at either $20 or $22; balcony seating (upper level) is between $15 and $20. There is also general admission seating for $10 in sections 210-216, which is a great price considering that on most nights you will be able to move over to a better seat. In addition, parking is only $5, and is just outside the arena, and the concessions prices are reasonable, so overall the Reed Arena experience has a high return on investment. Texas A&M University also participates in Flash Seats ticketing, which is a paperless way to manage your tickets.

Besides the game, you will also be treated to some great entertainment when you visit Reed Arena. Take a look at the Aggie Dance Team performing, here:

Extras    3

Texas A&M University is one of only six senior military colleges in the United States. The Corps of Cadets is the largest uniformed body outside of the military academies.

While all colleges have their unique traditions, at Texas A&M it is a rite of passage to be an Aggie. The song The Spirit of Aggieland speaks of a spirit that "can ne'er be told," which is not merely a punchline to use at sporting events, but a deep passion that seeps into every Aggie that comes to Texas A&M. This spirit passes not only throughout the world, but even into space, as The Aggie War Hymn was used as a wake-up call on Day 11 of space mission STS-121, for Texas A&M former student and mission specialist Mike Fossum.

The people of the Bryan-College Station area show Texas Pride, and practice real Southern hospitality, and not merely preach it, from the simple "Howdy" instead of hello to the "Welcome to Aggieland" water tower and signage throughout TAMU's campus.

Final Thoughts

Texas A&M basketball may not be on many sports bucket lists, since basketball isn't the premier sport at this school, but Reed Arena is an incredible venue for top SEC basketball. The easy access to the arena, low ticket prices, and the myriad and wonderful Aggie traditions contribute to a high return on investment. College Station is a wonderful college town, but witnessing the Spirit of Aggieland will amaze you. There is a little something here for everyone, but most of all, a simple Howdy from Aggieland makes it worth the trip.

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Crowd Reviews

Rowdy at Reed

Total Score: 4.43

  • Food & Beverage: 4
  • Atmosphere 5
  • Neighborhood: 4
  • Fans: 5
  • Access: 4
  • RoI: 5
  • Extras: 4

Heading to College Station I had high expectations of Texas A&M basketball, mostly due to my recent trip to wonderful Kyle Field in the fall. Well, I was definitely not disappointed.

Reed Arena which was opened in 1998 with the capacity to hold just under 13,000 spectators, and when the majority of them are Aggie fans it can spell disaster for their opponent. Texas A&M basketball is right on par with the rest of the Aggie athletics, in that their fans are right on point at making sure their Aggies' home court advantage is upheld.

Howdy from Aggieland

Total Score: 4.00

  • Food & Beverage: 3
  • Atmosphere 4
  • Neighborhood: 4
  • Fans: 5
  • Access: 4
  • RoI: 5
  • Extras: 3

Reed Arena is located in College Station, Texas on the west side of the Texas A&M University campus. The arena is home to the Texas A&M men’s and women’s basketball teams, the volleyball teams, major concerts, commencement ceremonies and a variety of other events. The two level seating arena with a single concourse has a seating capacity of 12,989. The arena opened in the fall of 1998 and is named for Houston veterinarian Dr. Chester J. Reed, a 1947 graduate of A&M, and his wife, Billie Jean.

Reed Arena has served as the site for both Men’s and Women’s first round of the National Invitational Tournament (NIT). The largest crowd for a Men’s basketball game of 13,717 took place on February 27th, 2010 vs the Texas Longhorns.

Reed Arena is home of the 2011 NCAA Women’s basketball National Champions.

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College Station, TX 77840

(979) 846-2322

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College Station, TX 77840

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