James T. Valvano Arena at William Neal Reynolds Coliseum
One of nine “hallowed spaces” on the NC State campus, venerable “old” Reynolds Coliseum is now a place where the Wolfpack’s legendary past meets its promising future. On Nov. 14, 2018, a naming gift helped to rename the facility the James T. Valvano Arena at William Neal Reynolds Coliseum in honor of the legendary former men's basketball coach.
The largest basketball arena in the southeast when it opened its doors in 1949, Reynolds reopened in the fall of 2016 after underoing a $35 million renovation. The basketball court, where Hall of Famers Norm Sloan, Jim Valvano and Kay Yow once coached, has been shifted to the south end, seats have been arranged closer to the playing surface and air conditioning was added for the first time in the building’s 67-year history.
The building serves as the permanent home for NC State’s ROTC programs and women’s basketball, gymnastics, wrestling and rifle, while also providing an on-campus gathering place for large-scale campus and student events, such as convocation, graduation, keynote addresses, concerts and shows, befitting one of the nation’s leading public research universities.
Seating capacity has been reduced from 8,300 to 5,500 (can accommodate 6,000 depending on configuration) to provide an intimate home court environment for the Wolfpack. The building boasts new hospitality areas, restrooms, concessions, merchandise stands and other amenities. All building systems have been overhauled, including the addition of new LED sport lighting and a new, center-hung video board and secondary LED displays, which enhance the in-game experience for fans.
Adjacent to the iconic north lobby, the first third of the arena has been transformed into the BB&T Grand Hall and serves as the heart of the new NC State Athletics Walk of Fame & History. Members of the NC State Athletics Hall of Fame (est. 2012) are permanently enshrined, while all current and heritage varsity sports are also recognized. The area also features a row of stainless steel wolf sculptures and multimedia displays that highlight university and athletic legacies.
Exhibits celebrating the rich history and tradition of Wolfpack athletics flow throughout the concourses of the arena. All windows were also replaced and the exterior of the building has undergone a thorough facelift, giving it a newer feel to go along with the adjacent Talley Student Union, which reopened in 2014, while still keeping the original look from 1949.
The East and West event level concourses have been expanded from just four-feet to more than 35-feet for circulation and amenities.
Reynolds also houses new offices for Wolfpack Women’s Basketball and Volleyball on the second floor, overlooking the BB&T Grand Hall and Walk of Fame & History.
A new video control room serves as the hub for television, video board and online production needs across all 23 varsity sports.
Reynolds is now set up to last for many more generations of NC State students, staff, alumni and the Raleigh community to enjoy, with a tip of the hat to its past and a wide open canvas for the future.