O'Reilly Family Event Center
Location: Springfield, Missouri
Owner: Drury University
Building of the Year
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The O'Reilly Family Event Center, a green building design for the Springfield area, is certified to LEED Gold standards. This arena seats 3,100, with seven suites lining the west side, featuring 60 padded chairs. Also included is a banquet hall, locker rooms, offices, and a state-of-the-art Sports Medicine facility.
The Drury Sports Hall of Fame and Wall of Champions grace the interior, celebrating outstanding teams and Drury alumni who are positive representatives.
The Event Center provides Drury University the ability to schedule events other than only Panthers and Lady Panthers home games. When concerts play in the 3,100 seat venue, the goal and score tables are rolled off the court, allowing gray carpet squares to cover the entire arena floor. Bleachers then slide back and allow space for the stage to be built.