Gallagher-Iba ArenaOklahoma State Cowboys
Gallagher-Iba Arena, also once known as "The Rowdiest Arena in the Country" and "The Madison Square Garden of the Plains”, is the basketball and wrestling venue at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, Oklahoma, United States. Originally completed in 1938 and named the 4-H Club and Student Activities Building, it was soon renamed Gallagher Hall to honor wrestling coach Ed Gallagher. After renovations in 1987, the name became Gallagher-Iba Arena, as a tribute to longtime basketball coach and innovator Henry Iba.
In the 1990s, Oklahoma State was in desperate need of a larger basketball arena. Instead of building a new arena off campus, the decision was made to expand Gallagher-Iba Arena from a modest 6,381 seats to its current 13,611 seats. The structure of the new Gallagher-Iba Arena was built around the old arena during the basketball season to allow games to be played, essentially the new Athletics Center encapsulated the old gym. Once the exterior was nearly completed, the roof of the old arena was dismantled. The old sightlines and the original white maple floor were kept (it remains the oldest original basketball court floor still in use). The expansion, completed in time for the 2000 Cowboy basketball season, cost $55 million and was designed by Gary Sparks and built by Manhattan Construction. The Cowboys opened the new Gallagher-Iba Arena with a 70-60 victory over the Arkansas-Little Rock Trojans.
The first basketball game was played on December 9, 1938 when Iba's Oklahoma A&M Aggies beat Phog Allen's Kansas Jayhawks, 21-15, in a battle between two of the nation's early basketball powers. In its original configuration, seating was limited to 6,381. The original maple floor, still in use today, was the most expensive of its kind in America when it was installed in 1938.
Former wrestling coach Myron Roderick claimed that during the 1978 Big 8 Conference Finals, over 9,000 fans packed the old barn and saw unranked Daryl Monasmith beat the defending national champion from Iowa State, Frank Santana. According to Roderick, "It got so loud, a lot of the lights busted in Gallagher. And that ís the loudest I've ever heard it. It was unbelievable."Advertisement:
- Gallagher-Iba Arena
W Hall of Fame Ave and N Duck St Stillwater, OK 74078
Call at (405) 744-5741
- Oklahoma State University
- Crafton Tull Sparks
- Gallagher Hall
- Northwest and Southwest Lobbies.
- White Maple
- East lobby across from the escalators.
- Throughout the plaza and concourse levels
- East Side of the Arena on the plaza and concourse levels.
- Oklahoma State Men's Basketball news
- Postgame Quotes
- Postgame Notes
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- Oklahoma State Survives Against Butler, 69-67
- Smart Scores 30 As No. 5 Oklahoma State Beats Purdue
- You and your belongings may be searched upon entry into the arena.
- No smoking allowed.
- Permitted. Must be hand-held. For personal-use only.
- Permitted. 8.5 x 11 inches max.