OSU Athletics Center

OSU Athletics Center
Built at a cost of around $55 million, the Athletic Center was a landmark project for Oklahoma State University. The Center is home to Gallagher-Iba Arena, as well as an academic counseling center, an auxiliary gymnasium and practice court, strength and conditioning facilities, and most of the OSU Athletic Department offices.
Groundbreaking Jan. 12, 1999
Opened Dec. 19, 2000
Cost $55 million
Suites 14
Athletics Center Overview
The Athletics Center is a truly comprehensive sports complex, and its auxiliary facilities are a model for all other venues in the region. In addition to being the home of historic Gallagher-Iba Arena and Eddie Sutton Court, the Center features an academic counseling center, training facilities for all sports, a strength and conditioning center, expanded offices, a recruiting lounge, an auxiliary gym, wrestling facilities and the Heritage Hall museum. Heritage Hall features more than 5,000 square feet of displays highlighting OSU's many athletic and scholastic achievements.

A total of 14 luxury suites stretch across the west side of the facility, overlooking both the basketball court and the football field. These are the only luxury skybox suites that allow fans to view basketball or wrestling from the east side and football games from the west side. At 30 feet above the ground, the concourse level is illuminated with natural light from large window walls, where visitors to the arena can look out across Stillwater in all directions.

One of the nation's largest collegiate strength and conditioning facilities (30,000 square feet of space including the weight room and oval running track) is housed in the first level of the Athletic Center. The sports medicine facility boasts a cutting-edge Hydroworks Therapy Pool with a variable-speed treadmill for student-athletes to rehab injuries safely and effectively by running in water.

Construction commenced with a groundbreaking ceremony on January 12, 1999 and was completed in December of 2000 at a cost of $55 million. Funding of the project was a total team effort, supported by Oklahoma State students (through a self-imposed activity fee), private donations, loyal season-ticket holders and a use tax voted on by the citizens of Stillwater.

“It was a great location,” said Gary Sparks, principal in charge with SPARKS Sports. “It was my idea that we should expand and modernize the facility that we had and make it a first-class facility without going offsite. Also, at the same time, we really needed to update the football stadium.”

What was once the basketball arena now has been expanded to serve other athletics as well as linked to the adjacent football field, creating one huge sports complex.

“We kept all the history and tradition on campus, but modernized and doubled it in size,” Sparks said.

The arena grew from 60 feet high to 120 feet high and capacity was increased from 6,381 to seat 13,611, making it the largest sports arena in the state of Oklahoma at the time.

“I think its the first time anybody has done what we did by building up and around an existing arena,” said Sparks. “We didn’t miss any ball games. All the time this was going on, we were playing games inside the arena.”

Designers were able to save the original white maple wood court, which was installed in 1938. While preserving the history of the old arena was key, the new Athletics Center starts a new chapter for the University.

“Its been a big hit,” Sparks said. “Its a great place to watch basketball. Its very intimidating for the other team, and that’s what its all about.”

Gallagher-Iba Arena
OSU Athletics Center
Heritage Hall
Eddie Sutton Court
Virtual Venue
GIA A-Z Guide
Parking Guide
OSU Campus Map [PDF]
City of Stillwater Map [PDF]
Visitors Guide
Athletic Center Photo Gallery

Auxiliary Gym

Wrestling Room

Academic Services

Strength & Conditioning Center

Heritage Hall

Gallagher-Iba Arena

Southwest Memorial Lobby

Northwest "Pistol Pete" Lobby

East Lobby

Upper Concourse


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