BB&T Stadium

BB&T Stadium
Former names Aggie Stadium (1966-2018)
Location Sullivan & E. Lindsey Streets
Greensboro, North Carolina 27405
Coordinates 36°4′53″N 79°46′13″W / 36.08139°N 79.77028°W / 36.08139; -79.77028Coordinates: 36°4′53″N 79°46′13″W / 36.08139°N 79.77028°W / 36.08139; -79.77028
Owner NC A&T State University
Operator NC A&T State University
Capacity 17,500 (1981–1995)
21,500 (1995–present)
Record attendance 34,769 (2001)
Surface Bermuda Grass
Broke ground 1980
Opened September 12, 1981[1]
Renovated 1999, 2003, 2011, 2015
Expanded 1995, 2003
Construction cost $2.5 million
($6.73 million in 2017 dollars[2])
$4.5 Million (2011 Renovation)
($4.9 million in 2017 dollars[2])[3]
Architect Jason H. Jones, AIA
Clark-Nexsen (2011 Renovation)
General contractor J.H. Allen Construction Company[4]
Kenbridge Construction Company (2011 Renovation)
North Carolina A&T Aggies football (NCAA) (1981–present)

BB&T Stadium, formerly Aggie Stadium, is a 21,500-seat multi-purpose stadium in Greensboro, North Carolina.[5] W. Edward Jenkins, a North Carolina A&T State University alumnus and architect, designed the stadium. Opened in 1981, the stadium is the home of the North Carolina A&T State University Aggies football team and the Irwin Belk Olympic class track. In addition, BB&T Stadium features the state-of-the-art Joseph and Kathleen Bryan Fitness and Wellness Center. This 25,000 square feet (2,300 m2) fitness facility sits behind the scoreboard in the stadium's northeastern corner.


Before the construction of BB&T Stadium, North Carolina A&T Aggies played their home football games at Greensboro’s War Memorial Stadium, which was home to the nearby minor league baseball franchise. The university saw a great need to have an on campus stadium that could hold the growing number of fans attending home football games. The stadium was designed by architect W. Edward Jenkins, a North Carolina A&T alumnus, and was constructed at a cost of more than $2.5 million. The stadium opened in 1981 and the first game played there was on September 12, 1981, against rival Winston Salem State University to an overflow crowd of more than 23,000 fans.[6] To date, the largest single game attendance at BB&T Stadium was set in 2001 when 34,769 people were in attendance for a football game against the Rattlers of Florida A&M University.

Expansion and improvements

The original plans for the stadium called for a seating capacity of 20,000 people, but due to the increased cost of materials, the plan was scaled back to 17,500.[4] For the first 14 years of operation, the stadium’s permanent seating capacity stood at 17,500. However, in 1995 the stadium underwent a major expansion in which 5,000 additional seats were added in the south end zone area to complete the current horseshoe shape and raise the seating capacity to over 21,000. In 1999 a donation by the Ford Motor Company allowed for the construction of stadium lights for night games and an electronic marquee outside the stadium grounds.

In 2001, the university opened the Joseph and Kathleen Bryan Fitness and Wellness Center behind the stadium’s northeast end zone. Three years later, the Irwin Belk Track was finally completed. The facility is named after the former president of Belk Department Stores and a major financial contributor to the project. the Mondo Super X Performance track features eight 48-inch lanes and wide turns.[7] During the 2004 off season, the scoreboard in the north endzone was removed and replaced with a digital scoreboard and replay screen from daktronics. The new addition named "Agggievision" measured at approximately 66 feet high and 48 feet wide and was equipped with a 23-foot video screen and sound system. For the 2015 season, Aggievision was upgraded with a larger High Definition replay screen and LED panels.[8] The most visible addition to BB&T Stadium is the 10,000 sq ft Sky Box complete with a Chancellor's Suite, facilities for press and coaches, as well as leasable luxury suites. The project was designed by Jason H. Jones, AIA, with Clark Nexsen's Charlotte Office, and was completed in April in time for the 2012 Football season.

Non football events

  • International Friendship & Freedom Games (2009, 2010)[9]
  • Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships (2008–Present)[9]
  • Murray Neely Invitational (2009-2010)[9]
  • NCAA Division I Track and Field Championships – East Regional (2006, 2009–Present)[9]
  • NCHSAA Track and Field Championships (2005–present)[9]
  • New Balance Outdoor Nationals (formerly the Nike Outdoor Nationals) (2005–Present)[9]
  • Russell E. Blunt East Coast Invitational (2004–2005)[9]
  • State Games of North Carolina (2007)[9]
  • USATF National Junior Olympic Track & Field Championships (2006–Present)[9]

See also


  1. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-03-04. Retrieved 2011-10-10.
  2. 1 2 Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis Community Development Project. "Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800–". Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Retrieved January 2, 2018.
  3. "'After eight long months, the wait is over'". NC A&T State University Register. April 18, 2012. Archived from the original on October 18, 2014. Retrieved January 2, 2014.
  4. 1 2 "Construction on Stadium Underway After Delays". A&T Register. 15 February 1980. Retrieved 31 March 2014.
  5. "Aggie Stadium and Irwin Belk Track at NC A&T State University". Retrieved November 19, 2017.
  6. Blue Death Valley: The History of Aggie Stadium
  8. "Daktronics Helps Improve Fan Experience at 19 Colleges This Fall". Retrieved 18 October 2015.
  9. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Aggie Stadium profile Archived 2007-06-27 at
Preceded by
War Memorial Stadium
Home of the
North Carolina A&T Aggies

Succeeded by
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