BB&T Stadium opened in 1981 under the name Aggie Stadium. The name was changed on It is considered one of the finest facilities in the Triad. It is also the second-largest on-campus football facility in the Triad. It serves as the home of the North Carolina A&T football team and fans have watched the team win more than 60 percent of its games there. From the first game that featured a 21-14 win over arch-rival Winston-Salem State in front of 23,000 fans until today, BB&T Stadium has served as a place to witness outstanding football, musical entertainment from the Blue and Gold Marching Machine and one of the best college environments in college football.
It was designed by N.C. A&T alumnus W. Edward Jenkins, AIA, and constructed at a cost of more than $2.5 million and occupies 125,755 square feet of space. With additional seating in 2003, Jenkins’ design evolved into a stadium that can hold close to 30,000 fans when additional seating is added. Coming into the 2019 football season, North Carolina A&T is 117-74-1 (.613) since the stadium opened.
1995 – During the first 14 years of the stadium’s existence, it seated 16,500. Five thousand seats were installed to complete an attractive horseshoe shape in 1995.
1999 – Ford Motor Company donated a generous amount toward the construction of lights and an electronic marquee.
2000 – For the first time since the stadium opened in 1981, the North Carolina A&T football team played under lights at then Aggie Stadium on Sept. 23, 2000. Elon University was the first opponent to face the Aggies under their new lighted stadium in front of 17,284 fans. The Aggies are 21-11 under the lights at home.
2001 – Adjacent to BB&T Stadium, the Joseph & Kathleen Bryan Fitness and Wellness Center was added. It is a $3 million, 25,000 square feet facility. It houses two spacious locker rooms, offices, a multipurpose room and large areas for sports medicine, equipment and a weight room.
2004 – A state-of-the-art Mondo Super X performance track named Irwin Belk Track was installed. The track features eight, 48-inch lanes and wide turns. There are two jumping pits, a shot put pit and a water pit for the steeplechase race. The hammer and discus throw compete just outside the stadium. Among the major events N.C. A&T has hosted since the track’s ribbon cutting on July 25, 2004 includes the MEAC Outdoor Track and Field Championships, the NCAA Division I East Preliminary Round, the North Carolina High School Athletic Association Class 1A, 2A, 3A and 4A Outdoor Track and Field Championships, the Junior Olympics, the New Balance Track and Field Nationals and the AAU nationals.
2005 – A state-of-the-art video scoreboard was added. The scoreboard enhanced the gameday experience for fans by displaying replays, advertisements, crowd shots and announcements. The board also improved track and field events by replaying races and displaying the results immediately after its conclusion. The scoreboard stood at 66-feet high and 48-feet wide with a 23-foot video screen.
2012 – A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held for the new stadium skybox on May 2, 2012. The new skybox adds to the beautiful skyline of North Carolina A&T State University. The box sits six stories high with two towers to complement each side. The left tower consists of an ADA compliant hydraulic elevator. An emergency exit stairwell is on the right side.
2014– Prominent alumna Janice Bryant Howroyd gave a generous gift toward the construction of the new skybox and received naming rights for the ACT-1 Group Skybox.
2015 – The 2005 state-of-the-art video scoreboard was replaced with a high definition LED panels and replay screen. The new scoreboard allows the Aggies to display game statistics, game animations, rotating sponsorship advertisement while the video board is showing content and it 20-foot wide 54-foot long video display.
2018 – It was announced on June 14, 2018 that North Carolina A&T’s football stadium would officially be called BB&T Stadium after BB&T gave a $1.5 million gift toward the stadium’s naming rights over the next 15 years.
ACT-1 GROUP SKYBOX FEATURES
12-Person Lease Suites (2)
5-Person Visitors Radio Booth
10-Person Visitors Coaches’ Booth
14-Person Media Room
5-Person TV/Replay Room
10-Person Operations Room
10-Person Second-Floor Suite
5-Person Home Radio Booth
12-Person Lease Suites (2)
55-Person Chancellor’s Suite
180-Person Open Area for Outside Viewing
BB&T Stadium Attendance
Based on percentage of capacity, North Carolina A&T has led the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference in attendance 14 times in the past 20 seasons. They have finished in the top-15 in attendance 12 times in the last 20 years. The lowest the Aggies have ranked nationally in average attendance is 26th in 2008.
1981 – 12,726
1982 – 11,123
1983 – 10,005
1984 – 9,840
1985 – 10,900
1986 – 15,200^
1987 – 12,416
1988 – 10,302
1989 – 12,452
1990 – 14,573
1991 – 14,335^
1992 – 14,741^
1993 – 14,569
1994 – 15,486
1995 – 12,323*
1996 – 15,612
1997 – 16,733
1998 – 10,338
1999 – 19,867^%
2000 – 19,757%
2001 – 16,254%
2002 – 16,798%
2003 – 16,006^%
2004 – 14,235%
2005 – 14,610%
2006 – 11,663
2007 – 14,245%
2008 – 10,764
2009 – 17,219%
2010 – 13,388
2011 – 13,971%
2012 – 11,787
2013 – 13,574%
2014 – 14,524^%
2015 – 14,986^&
2016 – 14,472%
2017 – 15,697^&%
2018 – 15,494^&%
ATTENDANCE RECORD DATE OPPONENT FINAL SCORE
29,937$ 10/28/2000 Bethune-Cookman A&T 30, BCU 19
$Additional bleachers were added because it was Homecoming.
^MEAC Championship Season
&Won the Celebration Bowl
%Led the MEAC in attendance based on the percentage of capacity
*Just prior to the 1995 season, N.C. A&T added more than 5,000 seats to then Aggie Stadium to bring the capacity to 21,500. The capacity was approximately 16,000 before the additional seating.
BB&T STADIUM QUICK FACTS
FIRST GAME Sept. 12, 1981 vs. Winston-Salem State
FIRST NIGHT GAME Sept. 23,2000 vs. Elon
FIRST WIN A&T 21, WSSU 14 (9/12/81)
FIRST LOSS MISSISSIPPI VALLEY STATE 17, N.C. A&T 7(10/10/81)
FIRST TIE N.C. A&T 13, NCCU 13 (11/12/83)
GAMES PLAYED 191
BB&T STADIUM RECORD 117-74-1 (.613)
MOST GAMES PLAYED IN A SEASON 7 (1981, 2012)
MOST WINS IN A SEASON 6 (2012, 2017)
MOST LOSSES IN A SEASON 5 (1981, 1984, 1995, 2006, 2007)
MOST CONSECUTIVE WINS 12 (2016-18)
MOST WINS IN A TWO-YEAR SPAN 11 (2016-17)
MOST WINS IN A THREE-YEAR SPAN 15 (1990-92); (2015-17)
MOST GAMES VERSUS ONE OPPONENT 19 vs. HOWARD
MOST WINS VERSUS ONE OPPONENT 14 vs. HOWARD
DIFFERENT OPPONENTS AT AGGIE STADIUM 35
BB&T STADIUM WON-LOSS RECORD BY MONTH
IN AUGUST 2-0
IN SEPTEMBER 43-23
IN OCTOBER 45-29
IN NOVEMBER 27-22-1
NIGHT GAMES 23-12