April 13, 2010
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - As construction progress on the Mackey Complex continues to take visible shape, the Purdue athletics department and the John Purdue Club staff are excited to announce a number of new features that will allow our loyal supporters an opportunity to learn more about the process and the continued success of the project.
Upcoming events include a "town hall" meeting with Mackey Project administrators, the launch of a premium seating Web site, as well as the release of a time line and a list of frequently asked questions.
"We are just about at the half-way point for the construction and all of us are eagerly awaiting the weekend of November 11-13, 2011, which will be the opening games of the complex for both the men's and women's basketball teams," athletics director Morgan Burke said. "The project preserves the history and tradition of Mackey while providing needed student-athlete spaces for sports medicine, academics and strength and conditioning.
Our fans will benefit from wider concourses, increased restroom and concession spaces, historical exhibits housed in the arena and the new plaza area and increases in accessible seating for fans that need accommodation."
Prior to the spring football game in Ross-Ade Stadium on April 17, fans will have an opportunity to gather in the lower bowl of Mackey Arena for a special "town hall" meeting.
The 10 a.m. get together will feature athletics director Morgan Burke, senior associate athletics director Nancy Cross, assistant director of premium seating John Rybarczyk and premium seating graduate assistant Alex Borst, who will be on hand to review what has already taken place, what lies ahead, as well as provide a chance for our fans and supporters to ask in-person questions about the project.
Due to the construction on the east side of the arena, access to the meeting will be available only through Gates A and B on the west side of Mackey. Doors to Mackey Arena will open at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday.
Boilermaker athletics is also pleased to launch a premium seating Web site. The new site will be the one-stop spot for fans looking for information regarding the upcoming courtside/club seating in Mackey Arena and for news regarding premium seating for football games in Ross-Ade Stadium.
Links located at the premium seating site include a timeline for the Mackey Project, FAQs regarding both the seating reallocation and forthcoming premium seating in the renovated arena, as well as contact information for premium seating questions - firstname.lastname@example.org.
Purdue athletics and the JPC staff would like to remind members about a couple of items/upcoming dates to remember:
- 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).
As we excitedly continue to make strides towards reworking Mackey Arena into a top notch facility, we again thank all of our loyal supporters and fans for their continued support during the construction. The process is well underway and we are happy to continue to try to answer your questions with more accuracy and better information.