Reynolds Center

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For the Donald W. Reynolds Center for American Art and Portraiture in Washington, D.C., see Old Patent Office Building.
Donald W. Reynolds Center
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Location 800 South Tucker Drive
Tulsa, OK 74104
Coordinates 36°8′55″N 95°56′31″W / 36.14861°N 95.94194°W / 36.14861; -95.94194Coordinates: 36°8′55″N 95°56′31″W / 36.14861°N 95.94194°W / 36.14861; -95.94194
Owner University of Tulsa
Operator University of Tulsa
Capacity 8,355
Surface Multi-surface
Construction
Broke ground April 30, 1997[1]
Opened December 17, 1998[2]
Construction cost $28 million
($39.6 million in 2015 dollars[3])
Architect HOK Sport[4]
Structural engineer Walter P Moore[5]
Services engineer M-E Engineers, Inc.[6]
General contractor Flintco, Inc.[7]
Tenants
Tulsa Golden Hurricane

Donald W. Reynolds Center is an 8,355-seat multi-purpose arena in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The arena opened in 1998 and is named for Donald W. Reynolds. It is home to the University of Tulsa Golden Hurricane basketball and volleyball teams.

History[edit]

The facility's first basketball game took place on December 29, 1998 when the Tulsa Golden Hurricane faced the Cleveland State Vikings. The home team came away with a 79–51 victory in front of a sellout crowd. The Hurricane men’s team proceeded to sell-out six of the next seven games played in the Reynolds Center and posted an overall 7–1 record in their inaugural season. In 14 seasons, Tulsa basketball has compiled a 182–53 record at the Reynolds Center for a .774 winning percentage through the 2012–2013. Tulsa has played in front of 41 sellout crowds.[8]

In the first season of Golden Hurricane basketball at the arena, Tulsa averaged 8,282 fans for eight games. Tulsa’s next highest home attendance average came in 2002–2003 when, the Hurricane played in front of an average of 8,250 fans for 14 regular season home games.[8]

Notable Events[edit]

The Reynolds Center played host to the 2001–2002 and 2002–2003 Western Athletic Conference men's basketball tournaments.

Since opening, the Reynolds Center has hosted a Reba McIntyre concert, NAIA national basketball tournament and a Bob Newhart concert.

Imagine Dragons performed at the facility on March 26, 2013.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "New Home for Hurricane TU, Tulsa Officials Break Ground on New Arena". The Oklahoman (Oklahoma City). May 1, 1998. Retrieved February 7, 2014. 
  2. ^ Yaeger, Jean (December 18, 1998). "Spiro Event Tells Indian Time New University Center to Hold First Event". The Oklahoman (Oklahoma City). Retrieved February 7, 2014. 
  3. ^ Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800–2014. Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Retrieved February 27, 2014.
  4. ^ "Gym Dandies: Conference USA". The News-Gazette (Champaign-Urbana). March 3, 2013. Retrieved February 7, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Arenas". Walter P Moore. Archived from the original on July 8, 2000. 
  6. ^ "Reynolds Center, University of Tulsa - Tulsa, OK". M-E Engineers, Inc. Archived from the original on September 3, 2012. Retrieved November 10, 2011. 
  7. ^ "Merit Award Recipients" (PDF). The Associated General Contractors of America of Oklahoma. Retrieved February 7, 2014. 
  8. ^ a b "2013–2014 Tulsa Golden Hurricane Men's Basketball Fact Book" (PDF). Tulsa Athletics. Retrieved February 7, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Imagine Dragons at University of Tulsa Reynolds Center". Last.fm. Retrieved February 7, 2014. 

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