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Corbett Sports Center

Courtesy: NC A&T Sports Information
          Release: 04/25/2010
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Corbett Sports CenterOne of the loudest and traditionally toughest places to play in the Mid-Eastern-Athletic Conference and even Division I is the Ellis F. Corbett Center.

Over the years, Corbett Sports Center has been a place to celebrate many North Carolina A&T men's basketball victories, a place of frustration for opponents and a place to have a fun time for the millions of students, fans, alumni and faculty who have walked through the doors since the building opened in 1978.

In a poll on espn.com, fans ranked the Aggies as the 14th best atmosphere in the nation. North Carolina A&T was the only HBCU school in the poll and in 2007 they had three games nationally-televised on ESPNU. A remodeled Corbett Sports Center looks to make the atmosphere inside even better. Among the changes made at Corbett over the last few years, includes a new floor, the addition of luxury stadium seating, a new sound system and more concessions for the crowd's convenience.

The renovations have enhanced the look and atmosphere inside of Corbett, but one theme will remain consistent -- winning. The men's basketball team is 258-116, a .690 winning percentage since opening the facility on Dec. 3, 1978 with a win over UNC Asheville, 80-69. The Aggies earned the program's 200th Corbett Sports Center win in 2005 when they defeated Maryland-Eastern Shore.

Many more impressive feats have occurred inside of Corbett Sports Center, including the Aggies 37-game winning streak they held from January 18, 1986 until November 30, 1988 under legendary men's basketball coach Don Corbett. Corbett Sports Center serves many other functions for the University.

Corbett houses many of the Human Performance and Leisure study courses at N.C. A&T and it is the home of the women's basketball, volleyball and swimming teams.

The women's basketball team has recently used Corbett to dominate the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference. Over the last six years the Lady Aggies are an incredible 58-11 at Corbett. 

The building is named for Ellis F. Corbett, who served N.C. A&T for nearly 50 years. While his official title was Sports Information Director, he performed many other roles on campus including Dorm Counselor and he was a member of the Board in Control of Intercollegiate Athletics.

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