Moore Gymnasium, one of the oldest and most historic buildings on the campus of North Carolina A&T, will get a new look and new residents in 2012.
The North Carolina A&T volleyball team plays its home matches in Moore Gymnasium as of 2012. Previously, the volleyball's home court was Corbett Sports Center. But with the growth of the volleyball, men's basketball and women's basketball programs, it became almost impossible for three teams to share one building.
Therefore, Moore Gymnasium, which was rarely been used for A&T varsity sports for 35 years, got a makeover to house the Aggies home volleyball games starting in 2012. Unlike Corbett, the Moore Gymnasium floor is designed to be a volleyball court, which means it includes all the lines necessary to conduct a Division I match. In addition to a new floor being constructed, Moore Gymnasium now houses a team room for the North Carolina A&T volleyball team. Moore Gymnasium is estimated to have a capacity of 1,200.
A&T volleyball's transition to Moore Gymnasium adds to the history of the facility. Some of the greatest names in basketball have honed their craft in Moore Gymnasium. Former Aggie players such as Al Attles, Joseph Howell, Joe Cotton, Elmer Alston, James Outlaw and James Sparrow are just a few of the legendary names that graced the Moore Gymnasium floor.
Some of the opponents' names aren't bad either. Earl “The Pearl” Monroe, an NBA Top 50 Greatest Player, played at Moore Gymnasium against the Aggies as a Winston-Salem State Ram. WSSU's Clarence “Big House” Gaines, Monroe's legendary Hall of Fame coach, also made his presence felt at Moore Gymnasium along with N.C. Central's Sam Jones, an NBA Top 50 Greatest Player, and Johnson C. Smith's Fred “Curly” Neal, the legendary Harlem Globetrotter.
In recent years, Moore Gymnasium has been the main home of Aggie Athletics. Moore Gymnasium houses the director of athletics, business operations, compliance and media relations offices. The assistant men's and women's basketball and the volleyball coaches' offices are also in Moore.
The Aggies played their first match as Moore Gymnasium as its new permanent home on September 7, 2012 against American University.