Lloyd Noble Center

The Lloyd Noble Center is an 11,562-seat multi-purpose arena located in Norman, Oklahoma, some 19 miles (31 km) south of downtown Oklahoma City. It opened in 1975 and is home to the University of Oklahoma men's and women's basketball teams.

Lloyd Noble Center
The Oklahoma Sooners men's basketball team warms up before a game against the Texas Longhorns
Location2900 Jenkins Avenue
Norman, Oklahoma 73072
Coordinates35.187438°N 97.444504°W / 35.187438; -97.444504
OwnerUniversity of Oklahoma
OperatorUniversity of Oklahoma
Capacity11,562 (2013–present)
12,000 (2001–2013)
11,100 (1994–2001)
10,871 (1975–1994)
Broke ground1973
OpenedOctober 27, 1975
Construction cost$6 million
($27.9 million in 2018 dollars[1])[2]
$17.1 million (renovation)
ArchitectSorey, Hill & Sorey[3]
Ellerbe Becket (renovations)
Oklahoma Sooners (NCAA DI) (1975–present)


Before the construction of the facility, the teams played in the much smaller OU Field House, located on campus near Oklahoma Memorial Stadium. With the success of Sooner basketball in the 1970s and star forward Alvan Adams, demand became sufficient to upgrade to the modern and spacious Lloyd Noble Center, named after an alumnus and former member of the OU Board of Regents who gave OU's first ever $1 million gift to finance the center. The Sooners frequently sold out the arena during the Billy Tubbs era, with All-American forward Wayman Tisdale leading the high-scoring team to several Big Eight Conference titles and NCAA Tournament appearances. This led to the popular colloquialism around Norman that Lloyd Noble Center is "the house that Alvan built and Wayman filled."

In January 2006, the NBA and the New Orleans Hornets decided to move two games from the Pete Maravich Assembly Center in Baton Rouge to Oklahoma City due to the devastation of Hurricane Katrina and the subsequent low attendance it caused. The Ford Center in Oklahoma City was unavailable for one of the games against the Sacramento Kings, so it was moved to the Lloyd Noble Center.

The center was named after Samuel Lloyd Noble (1896–1950), a Houston oilman and philanthropist, and founder of the Noble Corporation and the Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation.


As a concert venue, the Lloyd Noble Center can hold between 2,848 and 4,516 in a theater set-up, 6,165 for end-stage concerts, and 11,238 for center-stage concerts. The arena contains 18,000 square feet (1,700 m2) of arena floor space as well as 22,534 square feet (2,093.5 m2) of concourse space, allowing for trade shows to be held at the arena. The arena stands only 51 feet (16 m) tall since the majority of the structure is under ground (including the entire lower arena level), and contains a 40-by-60-foot portable stage and a state-of-the-art scoreboard and video system. There are 12 concession stands at the concourse.

Amy Grant recorded half of her live albums, In Concert and In Concert Volume Two, here.

See also


  1. Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. "Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800–". Retrieved January 2, 2019.
  2. Upchurch, Jay C. (2003). "The House That Basketball Built". Sooner Magazine. Archived from the original on January 7, 2004. Retrieved November 10, 2013.
  3. Chronicles of Oklahoma. Oklahoma City: Oklahoma Historical Society. 1993. p. 366.
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