For the first time in school history, the Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi men's basketball team will play a NCAA Division I game on campus when it hosts UTSA in the Dr. Jack and Susie Dugan Wellness Center at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 24.
The game against UTSA caps a day of events marking the dedication of the new Wellness Center and honoring Dr. Jack Dugan, whose generous $1 million donation seeded funding for the building. The dedication is tentatively scheduled for 10:30 a.m. followed by a public open house.
"This game provides a great opportunity for fans to watch the Islanders take on a Southland Conference rival and see our new facility," said University President Flavius Killebrew. "The new wellness center is an important addition that has created a wonderful environment for the campus community to pursue fitness and wellness."
The game was moved to the new center due to a scheduling conflict with the American Bank Center. The building will house the Islander Athletic Department offices as well as be the home to school's Recreational Sports Department.
"It is exciting to bring the first-ever Division I basketball game to the Island," said interim athletic director Scott Street. "The Dugan Wellness Center is a wonderful addition to campus and this is a tremendous opportunity to showcase this great facility."
The Islanders have played their home basketball games on two courts in their young history. Beginning with the 1999-2000 season through the 2003-04 season, A&M-Corpus Christi played at Memorial Coliseum. The Islanders moved into the American Bank Center for the 2004-05 season and have played their home games there since.