Mabee Center

Mabee Center is an 11,300-seat multi-purpose arena, located on the campus of Oral Roberts University, in Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA. 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, whose foundation donated $1 million toward its construction.

An adjacent building, smaller but similar in shape, is known as “Baby Mabee” and houses a television production studio.

Mabee Center opened in 1972 and has hosted the NAIA national men’s basketball championship (1994-1998), five NCAA men’s first-round or regional tournaments (1974, 1975, 1978, 1982, 1985)  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. It was Eastern Oklahoma’s largest arena until the BOK Center was built.

A soundboard recording made at the venue of Elvis Presley’s first tour show of 1974, from March 1st, was recently released as part of the Follow That Dream release, “Elvis – Sold Out!”.

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