The Baylor Bears basketball and volleyball teams play their home games at the Ferrell Center in Waco, Texas. The Ferrell Center opened in 1988 and seats 10,284 for basketball. The arena is named for Baylor student Charles R. Farrell, whose family made a generous donation towards the building of the facility.
Since opening, the Ferrell Center has undergone several renovations. In 1998, the arena’s capacity was expanded by 200 seats. Eight years later, a basketball practice facility was added to the northwest side of the arena. Most recently, in 2010, a new HD scoreboard was installed at center court.
The Ferrell Center opened with a political rally for President Ronald Reagan in 1988 and has hosted many significant events over the years. Other major political leaders such as George W. Bush and Colin Powell have held events at the arena, and the arena has hosted numerous concerts featuring acts such as Keith Urban, Hootie and the Blowfish, and Neil Diamond. The Ferrell Center was also the site of the Bears upset over #4 Kansas in 2001.