NORMAN, Okla. -- For the second straight season, the University of Oklahoma men's basketball team will play inside historic McCasland Field House in the heart of OU's campus. The Sooners' Nov. 4 exhibition game against Oklahoma Christian will continue the Field House Series, which began last year.
Tickets for the 7 p.m. game cost just $5 and will go on sale Monday, Oct. 7 at SoonerSports.com and at the OU Athletics Ticket Office (800-456-4668). All public seats are reserved.
OU students will be admitted to the Field House Series game free of charge, but must possess a physical ticket to gain entrance. Student ticket pick-up information will be announced closer to the game.
Last year, Lon Kruger's OU men's team played a pair of games inside McCasland Field House. The Sooners defeated Central Oklahoma 94-66 in a November exhibition outing before downing Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 72-42 in a New Year's Eve afternoon regular season game. It was the first regular season contest in the building in 38 years.
Opened in 1928, the OU Field House served as the Sooners' home until Lloyd Noble Center opened in December 1975. Under head coach Hugh McDermott, Oklahoma won the first game in the Field House -- a 45-19 drubbing of Phog Allen's Kansas squad on Jan. 13, 1928, as more than 5,200 fans packed the building. OU finished 18-0 that year, and Allen suffered only one worse defeat in his 38-year KU coaching career.
Oklahoma's all-time regular season record in the OU Field House stands at 320-153 (.677). The Sooners won eight conference championships while playing in the facility (one Missouri Valley, six Big Six and one Big Seven). Head coaches who directed OU teams that played in the Field House were McDermott (11 seasons in the building), Bruce Drake (17), Doyle Parrack (7), Bob Stevens (5), John MacLeod (6) and Joe Ramsey (2). Drake's 1938-39 and 1946-47 squads advanced to the NCAA semifinals and final, respectively.
Sooners who earned All-America honors while playing in the OU Field House were Vic Holt (1928 Helms Foundation National Player of the Year), Thomas Churchill (1929), Bruce Drake (1929), Bud Browning (1935), Jimmy McNatt (1939 and '40), Gerald Tucker (1943 and '47; 1947 Helms Foundation National Player of the Year), Allie Paine (1944), Paul Courty (1948 and '49), Les Lane (1955), Don Sidle (1967 and '68) and Alvan Adams (1974 and '75).
McCasland Field House is named after Howard McCasland, who was a standout center for the Sooners from 1914-16. A renovation of the building concluded in summer 2012. The list of improvements includes refurbished exterior brick, new windows and entry doors, a complete roof replacement and a remodel of the volleyball offices, locker and team rooms, renovation of main lobby, restrooms and concessions.