You couldn’t have asked for a more lively atmosphere for a college basketball game. The Tennessee State fans were loud throughout, but so were Murray State surprisingly large crowd. The acoustics are pretty bad in the Gentry Center, so it made for a very loud venue. For at least the first portion of the game, it served the home team well.
What really made the atmosphere so great was Tennessee State band. It may have been the best performance by a college band that I have ever witnessed in-person. The band did a superb job at making the place even more electric than it already was. The Tennessee State dancers and cheerleaders also provided quality entertainment during commercial breaks and halftime.
Like many college venues, the Gentry Center is located directly on-campus. The campus itself has a lot of pretty areas, but there’s absolutely nothing to do in the form of tourism or dine-in restaurants. The interstate is within five minutes of the Gentry Center, but it’s important to keep in mind that the Tennessee State campus is really in the downtown area. Plan on making a short drive to the downtown area if you want to do anything more than going through the drive-thru window at a fast food restaurant.
This is kind of an inconvenience due to the fact that there’s limited options offered at the game as well.