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Gallagher-Iba Arena

Stillwater, OK

Home of the Oklahoma State Cowboys



Gallagher-Iba Arena (map it)
202 Gallagher Hall
Stillwater, OK 74078

Oklahoma State Cowboys website

Gallagher-Iba Arena website

Year Opened: 1938

Capacity: 13,611

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Local Information


Welcome to Historic Gallagher-Iba Arena

The Historic Gallagher-Iba Arena is home to the Oklahoma State University men’s and women’s basketball and wrestling teams. The arena opened on December 9, 1938 and was originally named Gallagher Hall in honor of legendary wrestling coach, Ed Gallagher. Coach Gallagher won 11 National Championships for Oklahoma A&M (now Oklahoma State University). In 1987 Oklahoma State University added Coach Henry Iba to the arena’s namesake. Coach Henry Iba, a hall of fame basketball coach, coached the Oklahoma A&M-Oklahoma State basketball teams for 36 years and the US Olympic teams in 1964, 1968, and 1972. Coach Iba's Olympic teams won gold medals in 1964 and 1968 and a silver medal in the 1972 controversial loss to the Soviet Union in Munich. In 2005, the historic white maple floor was renamed Eddie Sutton Court in honor of Coach Sutton as he passed Coach Iba in wins at Oklahoma State. Coach Sutton played under Coach Iba from 1955-1958.

The 56 million dollar construction project in 2000 brought the arena seating capacity to the current 13,611, housed in the Oklahoma State Athletic Center with 14 suites, academic counseling center, auxiliary gymnasium, practice court, and most of the Oklahoma State Athletic Department offices.


What is FANFARE?

The FANFARE scale is our metric device for rating each stadium experience. It covers the following:

  • Food & Beverage
  • Atmosphere
  • Neighborhood
  • Fans
  • Access
  • Return on Investment
  • Extras

Each area is rated from 0 to 5 stars with 5 being the best. The overall composite score is the "FANFARE Score".

Food & Beverage    3

Gallagher-Iba concession stands provide basic food fare. The chicken and BBQ sandwiches are the heavier food choices and higher priced than the $5 dollar bratwursts or pizza. The hot dogs, Frito pie, peanuts and pretzel are $4 dollars each but the best snack seems to be the popcorn (a large will cost $4.50 while a small costs $3.50). The popcorn can satisfy any food craving while inside the arena which will save some room for recommended area stops at The Hideaway and Eskimo Joe's.

Gallagher-Iba serves Coca-Cola products of Coke, Diet Coke, Dr. Pepper, Diet Dr. Pepper, and Sprite in a souvenir cup for $5.00 or a small drink for $4.00. The bottled water or H2OSU will cost you $4 dollars. Alcohol is not served inside the arena.

Atmosphere    4

Gallagher-Iba Arena provides a wonderful home court advantage for the Oklahoma State Cowboys basketball team with a great college basketball atmosphere. Just like other college sports, the student body is a big part of the atmosphere. The student section near the court is a must in college basketball and the Oklahoma State students continue to show why, as they are loud, energetic and are the heartbeat of the atmosphere inside Gallagher-Iba Arena. The arena seating basically sits above the court and contributes the arena becoming a rowdy and loud place. In the past, Gallagher-Iba Arena has been called "The Rowdiest Arena in the Country."

Neighborhood    5

Gallagher-Iba Arena is located in Stillwater, Oklahoma on the Oklahoma State University campus and neighbors Boone Pickens Stadium. Stillwater has a population close to 47,000 and is about an hour drive from the state's two largest cities of Oklahoma City and Tulsa. The neighborhood, being a college town, Stillwater has interesting bars and restaurants.

The artery to the campus nightlife is the strip on Washington Street. There is Willie's Saloon, a venue where Garth Brooks began his career. Just a few block east of the strip, there is Hideaway Pizza, a Stillwater original and an Oklahoma tradition since 1957. No trip to Stillwater is complete without a stop into the famous Eskimo Joe's. The restaurant and store is just one block from Gallagher-Iba Arena. Eskimo Joe's serves burgers and other great entrees but it is the amazing cheese fries that is a must when ordering food. There is a variety of cheese fries to order, however, I would suggest the bacon-cheese fries.

Besides the restaurants, Stillwater is home to the National Wrestling Hall of Fame. Oklahoma State has earned 34 National Championships in college wrestling.

Fans    4

Oklahoma may be considered by some to be a football state, however at Oklahoma State, the Pokes fans show basketball is alive and well in the state of Oklahoma. They are loud, loyal, energetic, and most of all show love for the game. The fans wear shades of orange from the students and to the upper level seats. The intimidating environment created by Cowboy fans turns the historic arena into a loud deafening place for an opposing team. The Oklahoma State band plays throughout the game as most college bands do but when the band finishes playing the song, "Oklahoma" the Oklahoma State faithful in unison yell "State" at the end of the song just so there is no mistake in identity.

Access    4

The parking around the arena can be tricky for first time visitors as the lots around Boone Pickens Stadium and Gallagher-Iba Arena are permit, staff, or reserved lots. There can be free parking close to the arena a few hours before the game which if you plan to eat on the strip in Stillwater isn't a bad idea. Otherwise the parking cost seems to be around $10.

The entrance into the arena is quick and easy. The walkways are wide which makes walking around the arena and finding your section a simple task.

Return on Investment    4

Lower priced tickets are usually found for the non-conference games on the schedule which are typically during the months of November and December. The ticket office has offered 2-1 specials for tickets during the week, or when the students are out of school on the holiday break. The weekend conference games run about $25-$185 while a weekday game is $15-$150. The prices are fairly similar to others around the Big 12.

Considering that you get to take in a game in a historic venue while experiencing a wonderful college town, the return in investment is well worth it for any sports fan.

Extras    5

The Ten Memorial titled "We Will Remember" The Ten Memorial is located in the southwest lobby and serves as remembrance of the 10 men killed in a plane crash on January 27, 2001 near Strasburg, Colorado. The memorial is a statue of a cowboy kneeling to remember loss of friends. A black granite wall with the likeness each victim and an inscription chosen by a family member is included in the memorial.

Gallagher-Iba Arena's Eddie Sutton Court white maple floor. The floor design has changed over years, but the same white maple floor has been used since the venue opened in 1938. The Oklahoma State facilities website allows you to see the various court designs that the maple floor has supported over the years.

The Gallagher-Iba seating set-up The seating set-up helps the arena in being one of the best college basketball venues in the country to watch a basketball game.

75 Years of History The Historic Gallagher-Iba Arena is a bonus in itself for continuing to provide over 75 years of Oklahoma State Athletics

Luxury Suites The 14 luxury suites across the west side of the facility overlook both the basketball court and the football field allowing fans to view basketball, wrestling, or football from the same skybox seats.

Heritage Hall Museum Heritage Hall Museum provides the history and artifacts of Oklahoma State Athletics.

Final Thoughts

Gallagher-Iba Arena is a top notch facility not only in the Big 12 Conference but in the nation. The arena once known as "The Madison Square Garden of the Plains" continues to make history while staying connected to the past. The lower level signage says it all, "Welcome to Historic Gallagher-Iba Arena, Dedicated 1938"

My take

This is one of my fav arenas and in my top 10. The memorial to the plane crash victims is pretty moving also.

This is a must see for anyone that wants to see a game in a top-notch historical venue.

by CigarBoy | Dec 13, 2011 10:57 AM

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Crowd Reviews

From Iba to Eddie and Beyond

Total Score: 3.57

  • Food & Beverage: 4
  • Atmosphere 4
  • Neighborhood: 5
  • Fans: 3
  • Access: 3
  • RoI: 4
  • Extras: 2

Gallagher-Iba Arena has been the home of Oklahoma State basketball since December 9, 1938. The facility was christened that day as legendary coaches Henry Iba of Oklahoma A&M (later Oklahoma State) and Phog Allen of Kansas faced off in a 21-15 Oklahoma A&M victory. Named for Iba and historic wrestling coach Ed Gallagher, the arena has a current capacity of 13,611, making it the sixth-largest basketball arena in the Big 12.

It is also generally considered to be one of the best college basketball venues in the country, referred to often times as "The Rowdiest Arena in the Country" and "The Madison Square Garden of the Plains." Connected to the football stadium, it has also benefited from the contributions of OSU donor T. Boone Pickens.

A little underwhelmed

Total Score: 3.71

  • Food & Beverage: 3
  • Atmosphere 4
  • Neighborhood: 4
  • Fans: 3
  • Access: 3
  • RoI: 4
  • Extras: 5

Maybe my expectations were too high since I have heard such rave reviews of Gallagher-Iba but I was a little disappointed. Maybe the fans were limited because the football team was getting ready to play a big away game but not a very big crowd outing. Overall the arena is awesome though just didn't rise to my high expectations.

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