Mackey Arena

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Mackey Arena
MackeyArena.jpg
Former names Purdue Arena
Location Northwestern Avenue
West Lafayette, IN 47907
Owner Purdue University
Operator Purdue University
Capacity 14,123 (1967-2011)
14,240 (2011-2012)[1]
14,846 (2012-present)[2]
Surface Hardwood
Construction
Broke ground July 1965
Opened December 2, 1967
Renovated 2007-2012
Construction cost $6 Million (1967)
($42.4 million in 2014 dollars[3])
$99.5 Million (2007-2011 Renovation)
Architect Walter Scholer and Associates Inc. (Original)[4]
HNTB (2007-2011 Renovation)
General contractor S.N. Nielsen Co.[4]
Tenants
Purdue Boilermakers
(Men's Basketball)
(Women's Basketball)

Guy J. "Red" Mackey Arena is located in West Lafayette, Indiana. Part of the Purdue University campus, it is home to the university's basketball teams, and occasionally hosts home games for the volleyball and wrestling teams. The arena opened in 1967 as a replacement for Lambert Fieldhouse.

Originally named Purdue Arena, it was renamed in 1972 to honor Purdue alumnus and long time athletic director Guy "Red" Mackey. On December 12, 1997, the floor was renamed Keady Court in honor of longtime men's coach Gene Keady. The circular arena, similar to several built in the 1960s, seats 14,846, and is considered by many as one of the loudest arenas in the nation due to its domed aluminum roof.[5]

In recent years, Mackey Arena has experienced numerous upgrades and improvements, including:

  • 1997 - New playing surface and basketball goals installed[6]
  • 1998 - Roof repainted[6]
  • 2000 - New bleachers installed[7]
  • 2002 - Women's basketball locker room renovated
  • 2002 - Men's basketball locker room renovated
  • 2003 - Video and meeting room for women's basketball constructed
  • 2003 - Team championship and Consensus All-American jersey banners hung
  • 2003 - Men's basketball player lounge renovated
  • 2003 - Lower press row reconstructed
  • 2003 - Press conference and media work room renovated
  • 2004 - Video board installed[8]
  • 2004 - Sound system installed
  • 2005 - Playing surface refinished
  • 2007 to 2012 - Mackey Complex Project

Mackey Arena Complex Project[edit]

Guy Mackey c. 1963

On May 18, 2007, the university's board of trustees voted to award a contract to HNTB Architecture of Kansas City, Mo., for a $99.5 million project that extends from the outer edges of the arena north along Northwestern Avenue to Cherry Lane. A three-level structure is planned north of Mackey and currently is being referred to as the Student-Athlete Development Center. Its highlights include:

  • A sports medicine facility approximately three and a half to four times larger than the current area in Mackey.
  • A strength and weight training facility approximately four times larger than the existing Intercollegiate Athletic Facility weight room.
  • An oversized basketball practice facility, including Danielle and Brian Cardinal Court and three breakout shooting areas.
  • The Drew and Britney Brees Student Athlete Academic Center, towards which the couple donated $2M in the fall of 2007.[9]
  • New playing surface for Keady Court
  • Reseating of the Paint Crew for the 2011-2012 season
  • Proposed visitors tunnel on be cut into the southeast lower bowl seating area
  • Interactive fan elements and coaching technologies in concourse
Mackey Arena Locker Room
Mackey Arena

The concourse width will be approximately doubled, concessions will increase four times (from 12 to 48 points of sale) and restrooms will increase three times for women and by 35 percent for men. In addition, the lower seating sections on the east side will be modified to allow for some premium seats, with club seats (fixed padded stadium chairs) and loge seats (office-style chairs on casters) provided. A limited number of premium courtside seats will be available in the west pit area. Accessible seating will increase approximately six times. Two club spaces will be created, one for general fans on the west side and a premium club to the east.

References[edit]

Carmin, Mike. Mackey Makeover. Lafayette Journal and Courier, June 18, 2006.

  1. ^ Purdue Basketball Information Guide
  2. ^ "Boilermakers Tip Off 116th Season of Play Against Northern Kentucky" (Press release). Purdue Athletics. November 6, 2013. Retrieved December 30, 2013. 
  3. ^ Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800–2014. Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Retrieved February 27, 2014.
  4. ^ a b Mackey Arena timeline
  5. ^ "10 great places to get pumped for NCAA action". USA Today. 2008-01-18. Retrieved 2010-05-12. 
  6. ^ a b "Profile: Mackey Arena". Lafayette Journal and Courier. Retrieved 2008-07-03. 
  7. ^ "New Seats Latest Improvement For Mackey Arena". 
  8. ^ "Mackey Arena New Video System". 
  9. ^ Tanya Brown (2008-01-28). "Donors push Mackey Arena complex toward tip-off time". Purdue University News Service. Retrieved 2008-07-03. [dead link]

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Coordinates: 40°25′59.96″N 86°54′58.12″W / 40.4333222°N 86.9161444°W / 40.4333222; -86.9161444