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Ranking the Gallagher-Iba Arena basketball floors

From 1957 until now, here are the best GIA courts.

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Gallagher-Iba Arena got a sweet little makeover this season which means the old white maple is on its 13th iteration in the last 55+ years, although only eight have been super noteworthy.

What would an OSU sports blog be if we didn’t rank them?

It should be noted that there were some super subtle changes in certain years (like the addition of the Big 12 logo in 1996). I’m only going to rank the eight basic versions rather than all 13.

Let’s go.

1. The 1957 version

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It’s just…so perfect. The simplicity is staggering, the color eye-popping. I would trade Kevin Peterson to OU for GIA to have this court again.

2. The early 1980s version

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Again, less is more here. Bonus points for how hard the Big 8 logo pops as well as the font used on “OSU” and “Oklahoma State.”

3. The 1993-2000 version

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I’m super partial to that old O-State logo for some reason. The more black and white the better on a basketball floor because the orange goes hard wherever you put it.

4. The late 1980s and early 1990s version

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Absolutely love the old school logo in the middle as well as the “Cowboys” and “Cowgirls” on either side. Still not sure why they didn’t put Cowomen, though. Downright offensive.

5. Current version

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I’m a big fan, even if we can’t figure out which color orange our school is.

6. The 2008-14 version

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The best of the worst. I like how plain the logo is and moving Eddie’s signature to the side of the court instead of the middle. Dislike the baseline font.

7. The 2000-05 version

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Eddie’s signature was added in 2005. I don’t really like the mid-court logo.

8. The 2005-08 version

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Never ever ever ever ever again.

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