MOLLENKOPF ATHLETIC CENTER
Mollenkopf Athletic Center (1225 Northwestern Avenue)
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.
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.
Follow Northwestern Ave. for approximately 0.5 mile. Parking for Mackey Arena, Holloway Gymnasium, Lambert Fieldhouse and Mollenkopf Athletic Center is on the left.
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 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 recognize Purdue's All-Americans and bowl game appearances. 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.
The football program utilizes 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. The project initially was completed in 1998, thanks to gifts from former players, and most recently received a makeover in 2015 that resulted in an up-to-date look and feel. In addition to highlighting current uniforms, helmets and schedule, four special groups of Boilermakers are recognized: College Football Hall of Famers, Super Bowl champions, the Cradle of Quarterbacks and the Den of Defensive Ends. Bowl and major award winner trophies also are on display.
The football locker room, players' lounge, athletic training room and equipment room are housed in the adjacent Brees Academic Performance 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 in 2014.
The Bimel Practice Complex, which features 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 Athletic Center. It was named for longtime athletics benefactor Carl Bimel in 2012.