|Location||7777 South Lewis Avenue|
Tulsa, Oklahoma 74171
|Owner||Oral Roberts University|
|Operator||Oral Roberts University|
end stage: 7,000–9,000
full house/basketball: 10,554–11,300
|Structural engineer||Lloyd W. Abbott|
|ORU Golden Eagles (Men's NCAA Basketball) (1972–present)|
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.
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).
A soundboard recording made at the venue of Elvis Presley's first tour show of 1974, from March 1, was recently released as part of the Follow That Dream release, "Elvis - Sold Out!".
- 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.
- John Mabee, Tulsa Historical Society 1995 Honorees (accessed 2014-02-07).
- 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.
- "Oral Roberts has reason to rejoice", Associated Press at ESPN.com, March 12, 2006.
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2008-08-27. Retrieved 2009-05-13.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)