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Mollenkopf Athletic Center

Directions
Mollenkopf Athletic Center (1225 Northwestern Avenue)

From Indianapolis
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 U.S. 52. Stay on U.S. 52 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 Football Parking: Follow traffic signs for permit parking or non-permit parking.
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.

From Chicago
* Due to a bridge being replaced on U.S. 231 where it intersects U.S. 52 (expected completion is Oct. 15, 2014), arrivals from the north via Interstate 65 should utilize State Road 25 at exit 175. Take a right on State Road 25, towards Lafayette, for approximately 1 mile. Turn right on U.S. 52. Stay on U.S. 52 for approximately 2 miles to Yeager Road (fourth stoplight). Turn left on Yeager Road. Follow ensuing roundabout (approximately 0.25 miles) to Northwestern Avenue and follow directions below.

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 Football Parking: Follow traffic signs for permit parking or non-permit parking.
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 right.


Built in 1990 at a cost of $10.3 million, the Mollenkopf Athletic Center contains an indoor practice field, weight training room, meeting rooms and coaches' offices. The mammoth structure has a full football field plus spacious sidelines - totaling 92,400 square feet - and reaches 86 feet high at the peak. The two-story weight training room covers nearly 14,000 square feet.

In the summer of 1994, the third floor and the mezzanine were completed, giving Purdue one of the finest facilities in the nation. The completion of the Mollenkopf Center was made possible by Howard R. "Monk" Kissell, Class of 1931, who provided the majority of the $1 million cost.

The original AstroTurf was replaced with state-of-the-art FieldTurf in 2006, while the walls of the indoor practice facility were repainted and adorned with banners that pay tribute to Purdue's rich football heritage. The field was named after Richard, Alice and Kimra Schleicher, who made a lead gift of $400,000.

The third floor, which spans 14,000 square feet, is the home of head coach Darrell Hazell, his assistant coaches, and video and support staff. The office space received a significant sprucing up in 2013, and the hallways are decked out to tell the story of the Boilermaker football tradition. Also on the third floor is the team meeting room, which was renovated in 2013 and now features theater-style seating, as well as conference rooms for the offensive and defensive coaches. The mezzanine level, located above the weight room, consists of five position meeting rooms.

In 2004, the football program acquired a state-of-the-art digital video analysis system. The tapeless system provides coaches limitless flexibility in creating video clips for players as they teach and prepare the Boilermakers. The clips can be tailored to offensive and defensive units, special teams, positions and individual players. Among the features: time and space are eliminated as obstacles to better coaching as players can access coaches' video clips through a secure Internet connection, and coaches not only can provide "cut-ups" from thousands of Purdue and opponent plays in an online database but they also can use the software to create video playbooks, training videos and printed statistical analysis reports. Coaches also use the software to view and categorize recruits, and the efficient digital workflow enables them to spend more time watching recruits.

The Bimel Purdue Football Hall of Glory is an exhibit in the lobby of the Mollenkopf Center honoring Boilermakers past and present. The project initially was completed in 1998, thanks to gifts from former players, and received a makeover in 2010.

The football locker room, players' lounge, athletic training room and equipment room are housed in the adjacent Drew and Brittany Brees Student-Athlete Academic Center. The locker room was refurbished in 2010, with new lockers and an overall more contemporary look. The athletic training room was expanded in 2012, doubling its size while adding a direct entrance to the locker room. The spacious players' lounge was renovated during the summer of 2014.

The Bimel Outdoor Practice Complex, named in 2012, with two lighted 100-yard fields - one Bermuda grass to match the surface in Ross-Ade Stadium and one FieldTurf - was built in 2009 as part of the Mackey Complex Project and resides north of the Mollenkopf Center.

High school teams wishing to reserve Mollenkopf for practice may make arrangements through Steve Solberg by calling 765-494-0118 or by sending an email. The facility is free for the first practice and for a fee for any practices thereafter.