Oklahoma State Cowboys Overview

Fast facts

League: Division I (NCAA)

Head Coach: Mike Boynton

Team Mascot: Pistol Pete, Bullet

Year Opened: 1938

Capacity: 13611

City / State: Stillwater / Oklahoma

Rivalries & Top Games to Attend


Rival Team: Oklahoma Sooners

While the football game may be the marquee matchup in the Bedlam Series, the basketball contests also count towards winning the Bedlam Bell. There’s more than just simple bragging rights on the line when Oklahoma State and Oklahoma meet on the hardwood, so don’t miss it.

Oklahoma State Cowboys Stadium Guide

In Game

Gallagher-Iba Arena has earned the nicknames “The Rowdiest Arena in the Country” and “The Madison Square Garden of the Plains,” so you know you’ll have a good experience when attending an Oklahoma State basketball game. While football may be the sport most associated with Oklahoma State, the basketball fans here are rabid as well. The students set up tent towns before all of the Big 12 Conference games, so if that doesn’t show you how dedicated they are to basketball in Stillwater nothing will.

Gallagher-Iba Arena also holds the distinction of being one of the oldest facilities in college basketball. The arena opened in 1938 and has been home to countless big basketball games and wrestling events, so the place just oozes with history. OSU’s athletic history is well on display here thanks to Heritage Hall, so make sure to arrive early and take it all in.

In addition to the incredible crowd and the thrill of attending a game at the famous Gallagher-Iba Arena, you’ll also be able to experience some excellent pre and post game entertainment around Stillwater. Stillwater is home to the famed Eskimo Joe’s as well as Willie’s Saloon, so you’ll find plenty to do during your trip.

You’ll have an excellent time attending a game at the historic Gallagher-Iba Arena where the intense fan support and history of the arena provide a good in-game atmosphere.

Things to check out

Heritage Hall

Located in the Gallagher-Iba Arena, Heritage Hall is the home to the rich history of OSU spirit and athletics. Containing everything from photos to actual, old school Oklahoma State University (once called Oklahoma A&M) gear, this hall is a must see for any college football fan.

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“We Will Remember” Oklahoma State Plane Crash Memorial

Inside Gallagher-Iba Arena you’ll find a memorial dedicated to the ten people who lost their lives in the 2001 Oklahoma State basketball team plane crash. The memorial features pictures of those lost in the crash with the Spirit Rider kneeling and taking off his hat. Stop by and pay respects to these members of the OSU basketball family when attending a game.

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Hanging from the rafters of Gallagher-Iba Arena are many banners. The banners show off the accomplishments of the Cowboys basketball program and also pay tribute to the ten people lost in the Oklahoma State plane crash. Take a minute to appreciate Oklahoma State's basketball history, both good and bad, when attending a game.

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Pistol Pete

Named and designed after a real, bonafide cowboy, Pistol Pete is the mascot for the Oklahoma State Cowboys. A group of students in 1923 saw Frank Eaton leading a parade and asked to use his likeness as the mascot. The history of Frank Eaton can be found here and is definitely worth reading about. Pistol Pete the mascot has become a huge symbol for OSU fans, and he can often be seen around town, at sporting events, signing autographs, and even making wedding appearances.

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Camp Sutton

Oklahoma State students camp outside Gallagher-Iba Arena to secure floor seats to all of Cowboys’ the Big 12 Conference games. The tent town is quite a sight to behold and if you’re a student that wants to get up close to the action make sure to arrive early and register your tent.

Pep Band

The Oklahoma State pep band keeps the energy high inside Gallagher-Iba Arena. The band will put a pep in the step of both the fans and players, so enjoy the atmosphere they provide when attending a Cowboys basketball game.

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Fight Songs

  1. Ride 'Em Cowboys!

    (Cowboys a riding,
    Lassoes a-flying,
    Under the western sky.
    And as they ride,
    We rise to sing and shout our battle cry!)

    Ride, ride, ride, ride,
    Ride’em Cowboys,
    Right down the field;
    Fight! Fight! Fight! Fight!
    Fight’em Cowboys, and never yield.
    Ride, ride, ride, ride,
    Ride on, Cowboys, to victory;
    Cross (opponent)?s goal;
    Then we’ll sing ?O-kla-homa State!?’

  2. OSU Chant

    Go! Go! Go Pokes! Go Pokes! Go Pokes! Go!
    O! S! U!
    OSU, the greatest in the nation!
    OSU, the team that’s got the go spirit and the will to win.
    Make a score and we’ll shout, “Beat (opponent)!”
    OSU, it’s orange and black we’re cheering on to victory today,
    and so we’ll say: O-K-L-A-H-O-M-A! STATE! Univer-si-ty!

  3. OSU Alma Mater Hymn

    After every win, OSU players, coaches, students, and alumni sing the OSU Alma Mater Hymn. The hymn can even be heard at away games sometimes, so come prepared to sing the school’s alma mater after the game.

    Proud and immortal
    Bright Shines Your Name
    Oklahoma State
    We Herald Your Fame
    Ever You’ll Find Us
    Loyal and True
    To Our Alma Mater
    O – S – U

Oklahoma State Cowboys Bars & Restaurants

  1. The Garage Burgers and Beer

    The Garage

    The Garage offers everything from bison, turkey, angus beef burgers, fork and knife hotdogs, tacos, and fresh cut fries.

    520 W Elm Ave, Stillwater, OK 74074, USA


    Bar website

    american - $

  2. Stonewall Tavern

    Skewers Bar Grill Ts Lounge

    Pool tables, shuffleboard, football, jukebox, HDTV's & outdoor patio.

    115 S Knoblock St, Stillwater, OK 74074, USA


    Bar website

    american - $$

  3. George’s Stables

    Georges Stables bar

    Established in the 1960s, George's Stables is Stillwater's Oldest Bar. And for good reason too.

    502 W Elm Ave, Stillwater, OK 74074, USA


    Bar website

    american - $

  4. JR Murphy’s

    Fat Daddys

    Plenty of HD TVs,pool tables, electronic dart boards, full service bar areas, an outdoor area locally known as the Beer Garden, and 1 outdoor dance floor!!

    306 S Washington St, Stillwater, OK 74074, USA


    Bar website

    sportsbar - $

  5. College Bar

    College Bar

    One of the top choices to be when home games are scheduled.

    319 S Washington St, Stillwater, OK 74074, USA


    Bar website

    american - $

  6. Copper Penny

    Uncle Festers

    The Penny is great for its big patio and of course, Limeys

    408 S Washington St, Stillwater, OK 74074, USA


    Bar website

    american - $

  7. Fuzzy’s Taco Shop

    Fuzzys Taco Shop

    Modern counter-service chain serving Baja-style tacos & other Mexican eats, plus beer & margaritas.

    305 S Washington St, Stillwater, OK 74074, USA


    Bar website

    mexican - $

  8. Eskimo Joe’s

    Eskimo Joes

    American fare in a busy sports bar with a jukebox, pool tables, live music & a rooftop patio.

    501 W Elm Ave, Stillwater, OK 74074, USA


    Bar website

    american - $$

  9. Shortcakes Diner

    Gus Bar & Grill Sandwich Fries Pioneer Diner Sandwich Paul Reveres Family Restaurant Sandwich Wild Magnolia Sandwich

    Round-the-clock eatery serving chicken-fried steak, pancakes & other hearty fare in simple environs.

    219 N Main St, Stillwater, OK 74075, USA


    Bar website

    american - $$

  10. Mexico Joe’s

    Mexico Joes

    Creative margaritas & a huge menu of Sonoran-Mexican eats with signature salsas in a festive space.

    311 E Hall of Fame Ave, Stillwater, OK 74075, USA


    Bar website

    mexican - $$

  11. McAlister’s Deli

    McAlisters Deli burger

    Easygoing counter-service chain known for its sandwiches, stuffed baked potatoes & sweet tea.

    205 E Hall of Fame Ave, Stillwater, OK 74075, USA


    Bar website

    american - $$

  12. The Ranchers Club

    Ranchers Club

    The Ranchers Club’s distinctive ambiance incorporates the best of Cowboy comforts.

    Oklahoma State Student Union, S Hester St, Stillwater, OK 74078, USA


    Bar website

    american - $$$

  13. Hideaway Pizza


    Among America's favorite pizza companies. Twenty-six specialty and seasonal pies. Crust and sauce made fresh, on-site daily.

    230 S Knoblock St, Stillwater, OK 74074, USA


    Bar website

    pizza - $$