Gill Coliseum

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Gill Coliseum
Ralph Miller Court
Gill Coliseum 2016 CivilWar.jpg
A men's basketball game at Gill Coliseum on January 3, 2016
Gill Coliseum is located in Oregon
Gill Coliseum
Gill Coliseum
Gill Coliseum is located in the US
Gill Coliseum
Gill Coliseum
Former names Oregon State Coliseum
Location 660 Southwest 26th Street
Corvallis, Oregon
Coordinates 44°33′41″N 123°16′50″W / 44.5613°N 123.2805°W / 44.5613; -123.2805Coordinates: 44°33′41″N 123°16′50″W / 44.5613°N 123.2805°W / 44.5613; -123.2805
Owner Oregon State University
Operator Oregon State University
Capacity 9,604 (2011–present)[1]
10,400 (1984–2011)
10,000 (1949–1984)
Broke ground June 5, 1947[2]
Opened December 16, 1949[3]
Construction cost $1.842 million[3][4]
($19.4 million in 2018 dollars[5]
Architect Jones and Marsh[3]
General contractor J. C. Watts Construction Company[3]
Oregon State Beavers (NCAA) OSAA Class 5A State Basketball Championships (1999-2006 and 2007–2014) partial schedule

Gill Coliseum is a multi-purpose arena located on the campus of Oregon State University (OSU) in Corvallis, Oregon. Opened 70 years ago in 1949, the arena has a seating capacity of 9,604 and is home to the Oregon State Beavers' basketball, wrestling, volleyball, and gymnastics teams.[1] It is named after basketball coach Amory T. "Slats" Gill, who compiled a 599–392 (.604) record in 36 seasons—from 1928 to 1964.

The court is named after another OSU coach, Ralph Miller, who led the men's basketball program from 1971 to 1989. The building also houses a weight room, equipment center, locker rooms, and offices for the Oregon State University athletic department and its teams. Inside, on the south wall of Gill Coliseum is a painted mural of many former Oregon State men's basketball players including Gary Payton, Brent Barry, AC Green, Lester Conner, and Steve Johnson.


Prior to the construction of Gill Coliseum, intercollegiate basketball games were hosted in the Oregon Agricultural College Gymnasium,[6] constructed in 1914.[7] This building continues to stand as the current Langton Hall.[6]

Gill Coliseum opened in 1949 and housed the Horner Museum in the basement until the museum's colsure in 1995.[8]

The facility has a sports medicine center, located on the lower level of the coliseum, that provides injury prevention and rehabilitation services. The center includes cardiovascular equipment and improved training facilities. Part of a $7 million renovation of the arena in 2009 included making Gill compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act.[9] The renovation also included sandblasting the exterior and applying new paint. New windows were installed on the east and west sides of the coliseum.[9] The court has gone numerous remodels as Oregon State has updated their branding. Prior to the 2013–14 season, the court was updated to reflect the athletic department's re-branding along with some graphics surrounding the lower seating.[citation needed]

Construction of the Sports Performance Center (SPC) began in early 2007, and work was completed in spring 2008. The building is located between Gill Coliseum and the Tommy Prothro Football Complex. The SPC houses a practice facility for wrestling and offices for the weight training staff. The 20,000-square-foot (1,900 m2) building is the home to over $500,000 in training equipment and a 4-lane 60-yard (55 m) sprint track. The four-story facility includes two full-size regulation courts and basketball offices which opened in June 2013.[10]


See also


  1. ^ a b "Oregon State (12–7, 2–5) vs. USC 5–14, 0–6)" (PDF). Oregon State Athletics. January 20, 2012. Retrieved November 13, 2013.
  2. ^ "The Daily Barometer Index". Social Science Humanities Department Oregon State University Library. Retrieved November 13, 2013.
  3. ^ a b c d "Coliseum Dedication Program". University of Oregon. January 12, 1951. Retrieved November 13, 2013.
  4. ^ "OSC plays first contest in new cage coliseum". Eugene Register-Guard. December 16, 1949. p. 18A.
  5. ^ Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis Community Development Project. "Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800–". Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Retrieved January 2, 2019.
  6. ^ a b "Legendary Hoop Star Red Rocha, Tower of the 'Thrill Kids,' Dies" (PDF). Oregon Stater. OSU Alumni Association. 95 (2): 32. Spring 2010.
  7. ^ OAC's New Gym, Scene of Commencement Activities," Corvallis Gazette-Times, vol. 6, no. 28 (June 4, 1914), pg. 1.
  8. ^ Tomlinson, Stuart (August 26, 2014). "Presidential tokens stolen from Oregon State University museum returned 50 years later". The Oregonian. Retrieved 27 August 2014.
  9. ^ a b "Barrels of paint for Gill; big plans for the area" (PDF). Oregon Stater. 94 (3): 48. Fall 2009.
  10. ^ Schnell, Lindsay (June 11, 2013). "Oregon State Celebrates Opening of Basketball Practice Facility". The Oregonian. Portland, OR. Retrieved June 12, 2013.

External links

  • Gill Coliseum (Oregon State Athletics official website)
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