The Oklahoma Sooners are always the biggest ticket in town, football and basketball. On game day, the Lloyd
Noble Center is one of the toughest home floors in the country, selling out game after game. The Oklahoma Men's Basketball
team is one of the most successful programs year after year, and home games are not to be missed. The Lloyd Noble Center opened
in 1975 and was named after one of the universities great boosters and alumni, Samuel Lloyd Noble. Noble made his fortune
in the oil drilling business in the 1920's, when he started the Noble Drilling Company in 1921. Lloyd Noble also believed
greatly in education and philanthropy, joining the Board of Regents for the University of Oklahoma in 1934. Though he died
at an early age, Lloyd Noble continues to leave his mark not only on the oil industry, but his beloved University of Oklahoma.
With the success of the Sooner men's basketball program, came the need for a more upgraded facility than the OU Field House,
which house the program from 1928 to 1975. As the university grew, the space around the field house disappeared and soon there
was no parking for visitors, and there was campaign for a new venue. The Lloyd Noble Center was born with the help of a $1
million from Lloyd Noble and the Oklahoma Sooners Men's Basketball program moved into the new state of the art arena in 1975.
The arena underwent a $17 million renovation and expansion in 2001, adding upgraded locker rooms, weight rooms, and practice
courts for the men's and women's basketball teams as well as event space that is used for many private and school functions.
The Lloyd Noble Center is home to much more than sold out basketball games. Throughout the year, the arena hosts some of the
biggest names in music and entertainment when they come through Oklahoma. Don't miss out on an opportunity to see Oklahoma's
best concert venue as well as one of the fiercest home courts in college basketball when you visit the Lloyd Noble Center
Since 1975, the Lloyd Noble Center has housed the Oklahoma Sooners men's and women's
basketball teams and some of the biggest names in college basketball have played on this very court. The close knit community
of Sooner students, alumni and members of the community make the Lloyd Noble Center one of the loudest in the country, with
the noise rising and rising throughout that game. When the University of Oklahoma and their generous benefactors saw the need
to renovate the Lloyd Noble Center as a means of sending the message that Oklahoma wasn't just a football school and that
the basketball programs were going to play in a world class facility right on campus. $17 million later, the Lloyd Noble Center
didn't just renovate the floor and arena, but added incredible facilities to host private events as well as host even the
grandest of concerts and performances when big names came through the area. The Lloyd Noble Center is just 20 minutes from
downtown Oklahoma City, with over 1 millions people within a 80 mile radius of this great venue. Able to hold up to 11,000
fans in a concert set up, you know that some really big stars have played this great arena. Bruce Springsteen played the Lloyd
Noble Center in 1978, where he played hits like "Racing In the Street" and "Born To Run". Alternative heroes Sonic Youth played
the arena in 1985 when they released their second album Bad Moon Rising. Ol' Blue Eyes himself play the Lloyd Noble Center
in 1986, thrilling the fans with a lifetime of amazing hits that made Frank Sinatra one of the most iconic musicians in American
music history. One thing is for sure, if you want to see top tier college basketball and some of the biggest names in music
live, then the Lloyd Noble Center is the perfect venue for you.
When you talk about great
American college towns, Norman, Oklahoma is always near the top of the list. The tree lined streets are as charming as anywhere
you'll find and as you stroll around Campus Corner, you will have a pick of many fun restaurants and bars. Located only 20
miles south of Oklahoma City, providing a link to a world class city, Norman provides you with a college town atmosphere filled
with friendly faces. Named by CNN's Money Magazineas the 6th best small town in the country to live, Norman, Oklahoma should
be on everyone's list of places to visit. Come for some of the best basketball and football action in the company and stay
for affordable living, a great job market, great food and really nice people.
as a basketball arena, the Lloyd Noble Center fits 12,000 screaming Sooners fans ready to defend their home court and cheer
on their players. When concerts come to town and the stage is center set, the arena can fit over 11,000 people. This flexible
venue can be set theater style for 4,000 people and over 6,000 with a stage set at one end. No matter what seating an event
calls for, the Lloyd Noble Center provides a world class concert and sports viewing experience.
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Thanks to an incredible home court advantage, what incredible feat did the University of Oklahoma men's and
women's basketball teams achieve in 2001?
Both teams made the Final Four in their respective tournaments. They combined
for 63 total wins between the two, making 2001 one of the most successful seasons for a single schools basketball programs.
It was also the first season of the new and improved Lloyd Noble Center.