Mabee Center is a 10,094-seat multi-purpose arena, located on the campus of Oral Roberts University, in Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States.[1] The building opened in 1972 and was designed by architect Frank Wallace, who designed most of the buildings on the ORU campus. It carries the name of Tulsa oilman John Mabee,[2] whose foundation donated $1 million toward its construction.[1][3]

Mabee Center
Location7777 South Lewis Avenue
Tulsa, Oklahoma 74171
Coordinates36°02′52″N 95°57′21″W / 36.04789°N 95.95573°W / 36.04789; -95.95573
OwnerOral Roberts University
OperatorOral Roberts University
Capacity2,355 - 10,094
Broke ground1970
ArchitectFrank Wallace
Structural engineerLloyd W. Abbott
Oral Roberts Golden Eagles (Men's NCAA Basketball) (1972–present)

The facility received several substantial upgrades in 2021 including: new arena seats, exterior blue paint, blue glass panels, a new sound system, all new LED house lights, concourse level remodeling, digital screens, wifi, and new suites. An adjacent building, smaller but similar in shape, is known as the "Global Learning Center".

Since it opened in 1972, the Mabee Center has hosted some of the biggest entertainers in the industry along with the NAIA national men's basketball championship (1994–1998), five NCAA men's first-round or regional tournaments (1974, 1975, 1978, 1982, 1985)[4] and the Midwestern City Conference (now Horizon League) men's basketball conference tournaments (1982, 1985).

It is home to the Oral Roberts Golden Eagles men's and women's basketball teams and was Eastern Oklahoma's largest arena until the BOK Center was built. Mabee Center was inducted into the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame in 2013 and in 2022, Mabee Center celebrates 50 years of family-friendly entertainment.

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  1. ^ a b Bill Haisten, "Still Fine at 40: Built in 1972, ORU’s Mabee Center remains an effective venue today." Tulsa World, December 21, 2012. Reprinted here.
  2. ^ John Mabee, Tulsa Historical Society 1995 Honorees (accessed 2014-02-07).
  3. ^ David Edwin Harrell, Jr., Oral Roberts: An American Life (Indiana University Press, 1985), ISBN 978-0253114419, pp. 225, 398, & passim. Excerpts available at Google Books.
  4. ^ "Scott Sutton: Official Website". Archived from the original on 2008-08-27. Retrieved 2009-05-13.

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