Gallagher-Iba Arena Information
- Location: Stillwater, Oklahoma
- Address: Hall of Fame Ave, Stillwater, OK 74077
- Capacity: 13,611
- Year Opened: 1938
- Former Name: 4-H Clubs and Student Activities Building, Gallagher Hall
- Occupants: Oklahoma State Cowboys basketball
- Parking: Parking is available, but parking fees may apply. Shuttle buses are also available.
Gallagher-Iba Arena is an indoor basketball and wrestling venue located on the campus of Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, Oklahoma. The arena holds just over 13,600 spectators and has become notorious for its incredible acoustics. Once during a wrestling event, a crowd of only 8,300 managed to make enough noise to burst various lights in the arena. You won't forget a basketball game or wrestling match here. Gallagher-Iba Arena has been ranked one of, if not the, best college basketball venues in the country.
Gallagher-Iba Arena, sometimes known as "the Madison Square Garden of the Plains", was originally a basketball gym called Gallagher Hall. The OSU team began to outgrow the 6,300-seat gym, so a much larger shell was built around the old gym, allowing the team to continue playing games during construction. In the off-season, the inner gym was dismantled, leaving the floor intact. The playing surface is the oldest NCAA basketball court in America. In addition to wrestling and basketball, the Gallagher-Iba Arena also hosted the first broadcast of ESPNU, the network's college-oriented station, with a free concert by 3 Doors Down.
Attending an event at Gallagher-Iba Arena is an impressive experience for visitors. The volume of the crowd and the acoustics of the building can be overwhelming. The Gallagher-Iba Arena also provides luxury suites, which overlook both the court and the football field, as well as banners commemorating OSU's players and accomplishments. Heritage Hall at Gallagher-Iba is another awe-inspiring homage to OSU's athletic history.