2024 olympic gymnastics at lloyd noble center norman ok - mcCasland field house

The University of Oklahoma, in Norman, Oklahoma has produced several Olympic gymnasts, including Shannon Miller, Jonathan Horton, and Bart Conner, who married Nadia Comaneci. The International Gymnastics Hall of Fame is located in Oklahoma City, 21 miles to the north.

To recognize University of Oklahoma’s contribution to Olympics gymnastics, the Tulsa Games would host the gymnastics competition at the University of Oklahoma campus, even though it is 126 miles southwest of Tulsa.

The 2016 IOC Candidate city bid package listed a minimum seating capacity of 12,000 seats for Gymnastics Artistic / Trampoline, and 5,000 for Rhythmic gymnastics, with 228 athletes for Artistic / Trampoline, and 96 athletes for Rhythmic.

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The University of Oklahoma Lloyd Noble Center has a seating capacity of 11,528 seats, is just 472 seats short to meet the 2016 IOC venue seating minimum.  The facility is 472 seats too small for the IOC 12,000 seat requirement for Gymnastics, however, Tulsa2024 discussions with the IOC indicated to not worry about that small of a seat discrepancy.

 The University of Oklahoma McCasland Field House has a seating capacity of 5,000 seats, which meets the requirements for Rhythmic gymnastics.

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The University of Oklahoma has 5,668 dorm beds, more than enough to accommodate the 324 gymnastics athletes, and their coaches.

University of Oklahoma Olympic Gymnasts

Bart Connor is an Olympic Gold medalist in parallel bars from OU.  Bart’s wife is Nadia Comaneci, Romanian Gold medalist.  Mr. Connor owns the Bart Conner Gymnastics Academy.

Shannon Miller ranks as the most decorated gymnast, male or female, in U.S. history. Miller was also the most successful American athlete, by medal count, at the 1992 Barcelona Games, winning five altogether. Shannon Miller is also the tenth most decorated gymnast of all time, by her individual medal count.

Jonathan Horton is a 2008 Olympic Silver medalist on high bar.