March 10, 2010
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - With the regular season home basketball schedule for both the men's and women's teams wrapped up for the 2009-10 campaign, the Purdue athletics department and the John Purdue Club would like to thank our loyal fans for the patience and fortitude you have all shown as we diligently work to remake Mackey Arena into a 21st century venue that will make all Boilermaker backers proud.
It also provides athletics with an opportunity to share with you some of the progress we have made since construction began last spring, dates to be aware of and some general information regarding the project.
"We have reached the halfway point in the largest construction project in Purdue University history," athletics director Morgan Burke said. "Despite the tough economic times we have raised over $27.2 million toward our private fund raising goal of $32 million.
"Having seen the interior designs and other features associated with the project, as a Purdue alum and fan, I know we have a winner. As you can see we still need a little help on the campaign and if all JPC members will be willing go up one membership level and help us recruit two new members, we will post an important "W" for the campaign. We appreciate all the assistance to date and know everyone will want to be a part of this historic project which will allow us to pursue the 25/85 vision."
A PDF and a slideshow of a Power Point presentation is linked above. Inside are photos that show what has already been done in and around Mackey Arena over the opening months of construction, as well as renderings of what is ahead; including the new basketball practice facility, plaza atrium, sports medicine area, locker rooms, East and West Club areas, Courtside Club and an overall layout of where all of the new amenities will be located.
"It is exciting to witness visible progress after anticipating the Mackey renovation for several years now," women's head basketball coach Sharon Versyp said. "There is more than a just a hole in the ground where our new practice facility and locker rooms will be, with steel structures in place to help visualize the new wing.
"I am thrilled about the new amenities for basketball and all the sports because they are state of the art, and will be visually interesting, as well as spacious and comfortable. The project will enhance the overall student-athlete experience."
As the project moves forward there are a number of important upcoming dates to keep in mind:
- The deadline for priority point accumulation for premium seating will be frozen on June 30, 2010.
- Price points for premium seating will be determined this summer after the priority point deadline occurs.
- The reseating of Mackey Arena will take place prior to the 2011-12 season. The current seating arrangement will be in place for next year's home schedule (2010-11).
A list of frequently asked questions, as well as a phone number and email address so that we can further answer any questions you might have, will be posted to the Mackey Arena Project website in April.
"The progress made so far has been encouraging, and it's been exciting to see the project start to take shape," men's head basketball coach Matt Painter said. "There's a lot of anticipation surrounding this project, and I think the current progress has been a welcome sight."
ICA and the JPC would like to thank you all again for your continued patience during the construction. As we move ahead with our historic privately funded reworking of Mackey, no state or university funds, or student fees have been or will be used to complete the project, we hope that you enjoy this look at what the future holds and enjoy the process along the way.