Mackey Arena (900 John R. Wooden Drive)
Take I-65 North to State Road 25 (exit 175).
Take a left on State Road 25, towards Lafayette, for approximately 1 mile.
Turn right on Sagamore Parkway. Stay on Sagamore for approximately 2 miles to Yeager Road (fourth stoplight).
Turn left on Yeager Road.
Follow ensuing roundabout (approximately 0.25 miles) to Northwestern Avenue.
For Mackey Arena, Holloway Gymnasium, Lambert Fieldhouse and Mollenkopf Athletic Center: Follow Northwestern Avenue for approximately 0.5 mile. Parking for Mackey Arena, Holloway Gymnasium, Lambert Fieldhouse and Mollenkopf Athletic Center is on the right.
Take I-65 South to State Road 43 (exit 178).
Turn right off ramp.
Follow State Road 43 approximately 7 miles to the fourth stoplight (State Road 26 West/State Street).
Turn right on State Road 26.
Turn right at second stoplight (Grant Street).
Follow Grant Street to next stoplight.
Turn left on Northwestern Avenue.
For Mackey Arena, Holloway Gymnasium, Lambert Fieldhouse and Mollenkopf Athletic Center: Follow Northwestern Ave. for approximately 0.5 mile. Parking for Mackey Arena, Holloway Gymnasium, Lambert Fieldhouse and Mollenkopf Athletic Center is on the left.
On May 18, 2007, Purdue University officials announced plans for the most comprehensive and significant facility undertaking in the university's athletics history. The Mackey Complex project has brought a 40-plus-year-old campus landmark into the 21st century while preserving its rich history and tradition.
The scope of the project was significant, designed to have a positive effect on all Boilermaker student-athletes, specifically with improved and increased space for academic support, sports medicine and sports performance. A three-level structure has been built adjacent to Mackey and highlights include:
* A 13,300-square foot sports medicine facility, nearly three and a half times larger than the previous space in Mackey.
* A 12,990-square foot sports performance facility, more than three and a half times larger than the previous space in the adjacent Intercollegiate Athletic Facility.
* An oversized basketball practice facility with a full-size court and three breakout shooting areas.
The Mackey Complex project has significantly enhanced the overall fan experience at Purdue basketball games. The concourse width has nearly tripled, concession areas have increased four times (from 12 to 48 points of sale) and restroom space has increased threefold for women and by 35 percent for men. In addition, the lower seating sections on the west side have been modified to allow for premium seats. Accessible seating has increased more than seven times. Three club spaces have been created, one for all fans on the west side, a premium club to the east and a courtside club for courtside seat holders.
Other upgrades include new locker rooms and lounges, meeting rooms, offices, laundry facilities and equipment storage. A new ticket office has been created in Mackey that is approximately twice the size of the previous one in the Intercollegiate Athletic Facility.
The entire upper level of the Intercollegiate Athletic Facility was transformed into an academic center spanning more than 5,350 square feet, and the building was renamed the Drew and Britany Brees Student-Athlete Academic Center in April of 2012.
On Nov. 10, 2011, Mackey Arena was formally rededicated, with subsequent rededication games for the men's and women's basketball teams Nov. 11 and 13. Purdue teams have won more than 80 percent of the games played in Mackey Arena, and the basketball programs have combined for nearly 900 wins in the last 44 years. Mackey Arena has been called home by 39 All-Americans and 167 All-Big Ten honorees over the years.
Originally named Purdue Arena, construction on the facility began in July of 1965. The $6 million project took just over two years to complete and was dedicated Dec. 2, 1967, with a ceremony that included recognizing 10 former Boilermaker All-Americans, led by John Wooden and Charles "Stretch" Murphy, and a speech by Indiana governor Roger Branigin.
The first game ever played in Purdue Arena saw the Boilermakers take on Wooden and his UCLA team in a classic contest. Purdue came up just short, falling to the Bruins 73-71 in front of a standing room-only crowd of more than 14,400.
In March 1972, Purdue Arena was renamed in honor of Guy "Red" Mackey, who served the athletics department for 46 years, including 29 years as athletics director, before passing away in 1971. On Dec. 12, 1997, the floor of Mackey Arena was named "Keady Court" in honor of legendary men's basketball coach Gene Keady.
On Dec. 2, 1975, the Purdue women's program got its start with a 78-74 overtime victory over Illinois at Mackey Arena. Amy Ruley, a 2004 inductee into the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame, scored the first basket in Purdue women's basketball history.
The Mackey Complex project also includes new baseball and softball stadiums and renovations to the Boilermaker Soccer Complex, both located near Cherry Lane and McCormick Road on the northwest side of campus. The entire Mackey Complex/Northwest Site master plan carries a $121 million budget that was approved in 2007. The fundraising goal of $32 million has been reached, with the balance to be paid for with revenue received from Big Ten Conference television agreements and other department funds. The Department of Intercollegiate Athletics is self-supporting and receives no tax dollars or university funding.
Mackey Arena is situated between Northwestern Avenue and John R. Wooden Drive, north of Stadium Avenue.
Mackey has a seating capacity of 14,264, with a total capacity (including non-ticketed individuals) of 14,846.
Mackey Arena Information
Mackey Arena is a smoke- and tobacco-free environment. Tobacco use, in any form, is not permitted in the stadium.
Accessible Seating: Fans requiring special assistance are urged to make all ticketing arrangements through the ticket office well in advance. Call 765.494.3194 or 800.49.SPORT.
Clubrooms: John Purdue Club Premium Seat holders can access the Wooden & Spurgeon Club two hours prior to tipoff time. John Purdue Club Members can access the J. Nine Club two hours prior to the tipoff time. General Public can access the J. Nine Clubroom one hour prior to tipoff time.
Concessions: Concession stands, managed by Learfield Levy, LLC, offer a wide selection of food and drinks. Please click here to see locations of concessions.
First Aid: First aid for fans with a medical emergency is located in the Guest Services area, behind Section 3 on the south end of Mackey Arena.
Game-Day Emergencies: Ticket holders should give caregivers or family members the section, row and seat number of their tickets. In case of an emergency, caregivers should contact the Purdue Police at 765.494.8221. Officers will go to your seat and inform you of the emergency. Paging over the public-address system is not allowed.
Gates Open: Gates to Mackey Arena open one hour prior to tipoff.
Guest Services: Guest Services is located behind Section 3 on the south end of Mackey Arena. Among the services offered at this location are first aid and lost and found.
Groups: Group tickets are available for all home games, subject to availability. To qualify for discounted ticket prices, a minimum of 20 tickets must be purchased. For more information, call 765.494.3325.
Lost and Found: Report or claim articles at Guest Services located behind Section 3. Articles not claimed during or immediately after the game are turned over to the Athletics Ticket Office (765.494.3194). Items will be kept in the ticket office for approximately 14 days from the date of the game.
Non-Permissible Items: Items that are not permitted in the arena include: pets; noisemakers or irritants; seatbacks; alcoholic beverages, coolers, cans, bottles or food; flags, banners, large signs or any item that may block the views of others.
Private Use: Clubrooms in Mackey Arena are available for private functions and meetings. For rates and information, call 765.807.2408.
Programs: Vending Coordinators sell game programs/roster cards near and/or at each of the entrances into Mackey Arena. They stop selling programs 10 minutes after tipoff. Game programs are $5 for a Men's Basketball and $3 for a Women's Basketball.
Restrooms: Restrooms are located on the concourse level throughout the Arena.
Merchandise: Purdue merchandise is available from the Purdue Team Store. There is two stands located on the concourse level. One stand is located behind Section 3 and the other stand is located behind section 112. A portion of each purchase goes to benefit Purdue Athletics. Shop anytime online at PurdueSports.com.
Tickets: Tickets can be purchased online at PurdueSports.com or over the phone at 765.494.3194. To pick up will-call tickets or to purchase tickets on game day, go to the Athletics Ticket Office located in Mackey Arena. The ticket office opens 90 minutes prior to tipoff and remains open until the end of halftime. Purdue player guest; visiting player guest; and recruits will be able to pick up their tickets at the Pass List Entrance located adjacent to the Athletics Ticket Office in Mackey Arena one hour prior to tipoff. A photo I.D. is required to pick up all tickets from the player guest & recruit pass list.
You: You, our guests, are the focus of everything we do. The Purdue athletics staff is here to make your Mackey Arena experience a special and memorable one. Enjoy the game, have a great day - and BOILER UP! HAMMER DOWN! HAIL PURDUE!