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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 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.

Donald W. Reynolds Center
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Location800 South Tucker Drive
Tulsa, OK 74104
Coordinates36°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
OwnerUniversity of Tulsa
OperatorUniversity of Tulsa
Capacity8,355
SurfaceMulti-surface
Construction
Broke groundApril 30, 1997[1]
OpenedDecember 17, 1998[7]
Construction cost$28 million
($42.1 million in 2018 dollars[2])
ArchitectHOK Sport[3]
Structural engineerWalter P Moore[4]
Services engineerM-E Engineers, Inc.[5]
General contractorFlintco, Inc.[6]
Tenants
Tulsa Golden Hurricane

HistoryEdit

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 EventsEdit

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]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  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. ^ Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. "Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800–". Retrieved January 2, 2019.
  3. ^ "Gym Dandies: Conference USA". The News-Gazette (Champaign-Urbana). March 3, 2013. Retrieved February 7, 2014.
  4. ^ "Arenas". Walter P Moore. Archived from the original on July 8, 2000.
  5. ^ "Reynolds Center, University of Tulsa - Tulsa, OK". M-E Engineers, Inc. Archived from the original on September 3, 2012. Retrieved November 10, 2011. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  6. ^ "Merit Award Recipients" (PDF). The Associated General Contractors of America of Oklahoma. Retrieved February 7, 2014.
  7. ^ 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.
  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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