Mackey Complex Project

Mackey Complex Timeline | Mackey Arena Before and After

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 will be transformed into an academic center spanning more than 5,350 square feet.

    The project also includes a new baseball stadium and renovations to the Varsity 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 Complex Timeline

    May 18, 2007 - Purdue University's Board of Trustees approves Mackey Arena Complex project and awards a contract to HNTB Architecture of Kansas City, Mo. The scope of the project is the most comprehensive and significant facility undertaking in the university's athletics history.

    August 2008 - Construction work gets under way with excavation for the new Grand Prix track on the west side of campus near the intersection of McCormick Road and Cherry Lane.

    December 2008 - Completion of the Grand Prix track.

    January 2009 - Process of moving the football practice fields and adjacent parking lot begins.

    April 2009 - Renovation of Mackey Arena equipment room.

    August 2009 - New football practice field complex opens with side-by-side 100-yard lighted FieldTurf and Bermuda grass fields.

    October 2009 - Men's track and field and wrestling locker rooms and lounges completed, as well as the expanded concourse on the south side of Mackey Arena; new restrooms, concessions areas and Southwest Entrance open.

    July 2010 - Renovation of football locker room in Intercollegiate Athletic Facility completed.

    November 2010 - Expanded concourse on the east side of Mackey Arena completed and Schleicher Family East Entrance along Northwestern Avenue opens.

    April 2011 - The K. Donald Shelbourne, M.D., Sports Medicine Center completed in Birck Athletic Center, along with men's and women's basketball, track and field, volleyball, wrestling, athletics communications, promotions and computer support offices; arena seat reallocation begins.

    May 2011 - New men's and women's basketball locker rooms and lounges completed.

    July 2011 - Athletic Ticket Office relocates to new space in Birck Athletic Center.

    August 2011 - New sports performance facility and John Purdue Club offices completed in Birck Athletic Center.

    Sept. 2, 2011 - Purdue defeats Colorado 1-0 in the first night soccer game played at home in school history. A television-quality lighting system is part of a series of improvements to the Varsity Soccer Complex.

    Oct. 12, 2011 - New Keady Court available for basketball practice.

    Oct. 31, 2011 - Softball and women's track and field locker rooms and lounges completed.

    Nov. 1, 2011 - Renovated Mackey Arena opens to the public for the first time featuring the Ackerman Atrium; Bob and Sally Weist Plaza; Spurgeon Club; John R. Wooden Courtside Club (presented by the Jim Risk Family); West Club; Ring of Honor (presented by the Denny Schwartz Family); premium seating; and new media room, press row and scorer's table.

    Nov. 10, 2011 - Mackey Arena renovation celebration event.

    Nov. 11, 2011 - Men's basketball Rededication Game vs. Northern Illinois.

    Nov. 13, 2011 - Women's basketball Rededication Game vs. IUPUI.

    January 2012 - Brian and Danielle Cardinal Court, the new basketball practice facility with full court and three shooting baskets, scheduled to be completed.

    January 2012 - Athletics administration offices, provided by the Hingst Family, scheduled to be completed in Birck Athletic Center.

    April 2012 - Drew and Brittany Brees Academic Center renovation in the Intercollegiate Athletic Facility scheduled to be completed.

    April 2012 - New volleyball locker room and lounge in the Intercollegiate Athletic Facility scheduled to be completed.

    April 2012 - Alexander Field, the new baseball facility at Cherry Lane and McCormick Road, scheduled to open.

    June 2012 - New tunnel in southeast corner of Mackey Arena scheduled to be completed.

    June 2012 - Improvements to the Varsity Soccer Complex - including new grandstand, press box and team building - scheduled to be completed.

    Mackey Arena Before and After

    WasIs/Will Be
    Academic Services Area3,150 square feet5,350 square feet
    Sports Medicine Area3,900 square feet13,300 square feet
    Sports Performance Area3,500 square feet12,900 square feet
    Basketball Office Space 4,190 square feet6,500 square feet
    Men's Basketball Locker Room1,170 square feet4,400 square feet
    Women's Basketball Locker Room725 square feet4,400 square feet
    Softball Locker Room1,100 square feet1,600 square feet
    Volleyball Locker Room620 square feet2,500 square feet
    Men's Track and Field Locker Room1,100 square feet 3,400 square feet
    Women's Track and Field Locker Room1,100 square feet 3,400 square feet
    Wrestling Locker Room1,100 square feet 1,300 square feet
    Concourse12,000 square feet 35,000 square feet
    Accessible Seating16 (16 + 0 companion seats) 116 (58 + 58 companion seats)
    Concessions12 points of sale (1 per 1,200) 48 points of sale (1 per 290)
    Men's Restrooms64 fixtures (1 per 110) 89 (1 per 81)
    Women's Restrooms44 toilets (1 per 160)135 toilets (1 per 53)

    Note: Men's track and field and wrestling shared an open locker room area previously, as did softball and women's track and field.

    Mackey Arena Club Spaces

    Spurgeon ClubWest ClubJohn R. Wooden Courtside Club
    5,000 square feet3,200 square feet1,500 square feet
    Banquet Capacity: 350Banquet Capacity: 352Banquet Capacity: 170
    Mingling Total: 700Mingling Total: 431Mingling Total: 213


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