GENTRY CENTER

  • Gentry Complex is a multi-purpose arena on the campus of Tennessee State University.
  • The arena opened in 1980. It is home to the TSU basketball teams. This facility was named for Howard C. Gentry, Sr., who, during a 27 year span, served as a prominent professor, coach and athletic director at TSU.
  • Throughout its history, the Gentry Center has had a seating capacity as large as 10,500. It currently has a capacity of 9,100. 
  • The facility houses the Department of Health, Physical Education and Recreation and has a basketball arena, dance studio, indoor track, indoor Olympic pool, (4) racquetball courts, and a training and weight room. 
  • The McLendon Court was named in honor of TSU and legendary Basketball Hall of Fame head coach John B. McLendon.
  • The court was dedicated on Feb. 22, 1992 when the Tigers hosted Eastern Kentucky.
  • In August of 2015, the old court was replaced with brand new floorboards.
  • The first TSU men’s basketball game at the Gentry Center was a 97-79 win over Austin Peay on Dec. 1, 1980. The official attendance for the first game was 6,000.