The Lloyd Noble Center on the campus of the University of Oklahoma in Norman features excellent seating and some of the best college basketball and women's gymnastics in the nation. Since its opening in 1975, millions of fans have come through the LNC doors in anticipation of a Sooner victory.
A $17.1 million expansion and renovation project in 2001 added key improvements. A 70,000-square-foot addition to the south side of the facility included two new full-sized practice courts: one for men's basketball and one for women's. The project also enhanced the Lloyd Noble Center for the wide variety of public events it hosts, including graduations, concerts and large meetings.
Improvements included an expanded LNC parking lot, renovated arena ceiling and a modernization of the electrical systems. At a cost of more than $3 million, a state-of-the-art four-sided center-hung LED video display, corner-hung display boards and a revamped sound system made their debut during the 2007-08 season.
University of Oklahoma President David L. Boren said, "We are very proud to be the home of world class facilities for both men's and women's basketball. Thanks to the generosity of Sooner fans and alumni, our facilities are second to none in the United States."
ESPN college basketball analyst Jay Bilas echoed, "Oklahoma's basketball facilities are magnificent - second to none. Everything is top of the line and very well conceived. These facilities communicate the same message the Sooners do through their play - a commitment to pursuing excellence."
The arena floor area is approximately 15,575-square-feet round and is concrete. The ceiling is 51 feet above the arena floor. The main concourse is 22,534 square feet and 1/5 of a mile around. The width of the concourse is 15 feet.
During the summer of 2007, a state-of-the-art retractable center-hung scoreboard and sound system were installed featuring four high definition video boards and four additional video boards available when the scoreboard is fully raised. The system is capable of displaying electronic messages, still and motion graphics, three. High Definition live cameras and interfacing most statistical programs. The internal television system and video control room feeds runs through the SoonerVision High Definition production studio inside The Gaylord-Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium. The facility’s video system is able to send or receive a satellite feed and is connected to the on-campus fiber optic circuits for inbound or outbound transmission.
The house stage of the Lloyd Noble Center measures 40 feet by 60 feet by 40 inches. The area of the stage can range from 48 square feet to 2,400 square feet. It is made up of 8 by 4 feet sections that can be arranged in many different configurations to customize each performance.
Theater Side Setup: Capacity 2,848 + Floor Seating
Expanded Theater Side Setup: Capacity 4,516 + Floor Seating
In The Round Seating Setup: Capacity 11,205 + Floor Seating
Full Arena Setup: Capacity 8,519 + Floor Seating
There are a total of 12 fixed concession stands on the two levels. Operated by OU Concessions, the stands offer hot dogs, nachos, popcorn, pretzels, candy, coffee, deli sandwiches & wraps, personal pan pizzas, burritos, tacos, bottled water, and fountain drinks. No outside food or beverages are allowed in the arena unless approved prior to each event. Third-party vendors also sell products in the Lloyd Noble Center through OU Concessions. A University of Oklahoma policy prohibits the sale of alcohol.
Tickets are available for advance purchase at the OU Athletics Ticket Office located at 1185 Asp Ave., Norman, Okla. (west of the football stadium-plaza level of the Asp Ave. Parking Facility).