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Tulsa Shows Off Arena; Facility Nears Completion

Jean Yaeger Published: August 12, 1998

The multi-level Reynolds Center was shaped round to symbolize a ball.

"It's a reflection of what's going on in the building," Brown said.

The building's 172,000 square feet include a practice gym, offices for coaches, a weight room and sports medicine room with whirlpools. Plate-glass windows line the concourse.

Designs call for a novelty shop, seven concession stands, 12 women's restrooms and eight men's restrooms. The scoreboard will be equipped with video replay capabilities.

"The thing that is most striking about the court is how close to the floor the seats are," said Rick Martin, senior vice president of HOK Sports Facilities Group of Kansas City, Mo., which is building the Reynolds Center. "It's a very intimate court."

Martin described the 197-foot span of the arched roof trusses as dramatic.

"The volume created by the vaulting roof is probably the signature of the building," he said.

Air ducts and cable were scattered on the bare floor of the basketball court. No seats have been installed.

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