The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK


July 3, 2013

Event Center set to install hoops floor

Public open house July 11

ENID, Okla. — The recently opened Enid Event Center will take the next step in its development when the facility’s new basketball court is installed Monday.

The facility also will hold an open house for the public to check out the new floor July 11 from 6 to 8 p.m.

“The public will not only get to see the new court and how the facility will look for basketball games, but they also will have the chance to go onto the floor and shoot baskets,” said Enid Event Center general manager Keller Taylor. Taylor also said light food and beverages will be available at the free admission event and advised those attending should use the southwest entrance (box office) of the Enid Event Center.

The new basketball court will serve as the home floor for the Enid High School Plainsmen and Pacers basketball teams. The EHS teams, according to Taylor, will get an opportunity to try out the new floor in advance of the public open house at a shoot around on Tuesday.

Enid has played its home games at Northern Oklahoma College Enid’s Mabee Center for the past five seasons after its previous home, Mark Price Arena at Convention Hall, was closed.

The first sports event at the new facility will be the Mid-America Youth Basketball (MAYB) tournament July 19-21. The tournament is open to students in grades 4-12 and those interested in participating may contact Steve Berg at (316) 284-0354.

Configured for sporting events, the 4,521-capacity event center will hold 3,200, with seats extending to within eight feet of the court.

The center already has hosted two concert events and will host a stop on the Professional Bull Riders (PBR) circuit in November.

Global Spectrum manages Enid Event Center & Convention Hall and Visit Enid as well as more than 100 other public assembly facilities around the world. Nearly 20 million people attended more than 11,000 events in Global Spectrum venues last year. Based in Philadelphia, Global Spectrum is part of Comcast-Spectacor, one of the world’s largest sports and entertainment companies.

Comcast-Spectacor also owns the Philadelphia Flyers of the National Hockey League, Ovations Food Services, a food and beverage services provider, New Era Tickets, a full-service ticketing and marketing product for public assembly facilities.


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