Onward & Upward

Nov. 25, 2008

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The Mackey Complex project private fund-raising total has moved past the $25-million mark.

The goal is $32 million for the $99.5 million project, with the remainder of the funding coming from increased concession and premium seating revenue and income generated from the Big Ten Network and other conference television income. The Department of Intercollegiate Athletics is self-supporting and receives no tax dollars.

To help reach the private fund-raising goal, the John Purdue Club is asking each of its nearly 9,000 members to increase its giving by one level (i.e. Captain to MVP) and recruit two new members.

Meanwhile, the first bid package relating to the Mackey Complex is scheduled to be sent out early next month, pending final state approval of the project. Work to move the football practice fields and parking lots is targeted to begin in mid-to-late February or early March of 2009.

Work on Mackey Arena is scheduled to begin immediately after conclusion of the 2008-09 basketball season and will continue until basketball practice resumes in the fall of 2009.

Improvements to the 40-year-old home of the Boilermakers will include improved arena seating, ticket offices and other amenities for fans, as well as the opportunity to bring academic, athletic and training needs into one complex to benefit all student-athletes. The project is scheduled to be completed in 2011-12.

For the latest information on the project and updated artist renderings of the facility, click here.


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