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Oklahoma State moves student seating onto floor of Gallagher-Iba

The change comes after capacity was expanded after the Covid pandemic

NCAA Basketball: Kansas State at Oklahoma State Rob Ferguson-USA TODAY Sports

Oklahoma State students will be even closer to the action as it was announced Monday afternoon the Oklahoma State will be moving some of the student section to the floor of Gallagher-Iba Arena.

In a statement for Athletic Director Mike Holder, he said the move was to bring the energy to GIA.

The heartbeat of Gallagher-Iba Arena has always been the students. With the growing anticipation for Cowboy Basketball, Cowboy Wrestling and Cowgirl Basketball next season, we have made the decision to return the majority of the GIA floor seats to OSU students and, once again, make GIA the rowdiest arena in America.

To make GIA as loud as possible the student section will wrap around three sides of the court – the north end, west side and south end – uninterrupted from section 104 to 112.

We understand this will reduce the number of orange chairbacks available on the floor level, so we are adding more comfortable floor seats which will now surround three sides of the arena on the front row, and those seats will be offered at new, more accessible price points.

It’s time to restore the roar to GIA!

– Coach Mike Holder {okstate.com}

Opposing teams are going to hate playing in Stillwater. GIA is about to be the rowdiest area in the country.