Purdue University Mackey Arena Seat Reallocation :: Official Athletic Site

Men's Basketball FAQ's

Why are we reallocating the seats?
Once the Mackey Complex Project is complete, many factors will combine to create a completely new manifest of seats in the arena. These changes include additional ADA seating, a new tunnel and premium seats. The sales capacity of the arena will also decrease. Therefore, the only fair way to determine seat locations after the renovation is to completely reallocate Mackey Arena for men's and women's basketball, based on your John Purdue Club priority points.

Are the sections being renumbered in Mackey Arena?
Yes, we are renumbering sections so that when fans enter the main entrance along Northwestern Avenue they are entering at Section 1 and Section 18 making it simpler for fans to navigate Mackey Arena.

Who sits in the reserved seats shown on the seating diagrams for men's and women's basketball?
The reserved seats are for coach and player guests, visitors, sponsors, recruits and letterwinners from the participating team.

Will the new NCAA regulation size scorer's table and player benches impede sight lines?
Yes, the lower three rows will encounter slight view obstructions from those seated at the scorer's table and benches.

Are you expanding ADA capacity to meet new guidelines?
Yes, we are expanding ADA space to remain in compliance.

How do you get ADA accommodations?
Fans interested in ADA seating should contact the Athletic Ticket Office at 1-800-49-SPORT or sporttix@purdue.edu.

Will the top row of the lower bowl have a wall directly behind it next year?
It will not have a wall behind it with the area being updated to accommodate additional ADA space.

Will we have ordering time slots based on priority points like we had for Ross-Ade Stadium reallocation?
Yes, John Purdue Club members will receive a mailing that will include ordering instructions and a specific time slot of when they will be eligible to begin purchasing season tickets. These time slots will be based on priority point totals.

Non-John Purdue Club members will submit their season ticket applications by June 30 and the Athletic Ticket Office will allocate their seats starting July 1st after John Purdue Club members have selected their seats

Will seat selection be based solely on John Purdue Club priority points?
Yes, while you must be at the All-American level in order to purchase lower arena seats, all John Purdue Club members' selection times will be based solely on priority points.

Does All-American level John Purdue Club membership guarantee men's basketball lower bowl seats?
No, the seat selection process is still based upon JPC priority point order. Availability will be consumer driven with no guarantees of availability at the time of selection. Members at the All-American membership levels and above are pre-qualified to select seats in the lower bowl if available.

What is the priority point deadline?
Priorities for seat reallocation will be based on John Purdue Club members' priority point totals as of March 31, 2011.

Is an active John Purdue Club membership required by the March 31, 2011, to be a part of the JPC priority group within the reallocation process?
Yes, a JPC active current membership is required to be eligible for points by March 31, 2011, in order to select seats.

How far am I likely to move when the reallocation takes place?
Several factors will determine where your seats will be located after the renovation. Obviously every effort will be made to inconvenience our fans as little as possible, while at the same time maintaining a fair process. All current season-ticket holders are likely to move, even if it is just a seat or a row because we will be working with a completely new seating manifest. Personal preferences such as aisle seating, number of stairs to climb or descend, etc., will determine your particular seat location.

What is the order of priority groups?
John Purdue Club members, based on priority point totals, will receive first priority on ordering tickets. Non-John Purdue Club members will then receive priority based on years of consecutive season-ticket purchase. Purdue students will be handled as a separate group. Purdue faculty and staff will continue to receive discounted tickets, with assignment of priority according to their place in one of the above groups.

When will lower and upper arena seat selections begin?
Seat selections and allocation will begin in late April 2011 and conclude in June 2011.

Can we select men's and women's tickets on the same day?
Yes, but if you choose to select your seats online, you must log on to a different site to select women's basketball season tickets.

Will we know our ticket seat locations before we have to pay for them?
Yes, you will know your exact location when you select your seats before you pay.

Will a minimum annual seat contribution to the annual fund for scholarships be required in order to buy a ticket for basketball?
Yes. The Legacy Fund is the next step for Purdue Intercollegiate Athletics toward the goal of national prominence and the "25/85 Club" while continuing to ensure financial self-sufficiency in future years. This investment will allow us to keep pace with escalating operating costs associated with supporting our 500 student-athletes. The Legacy Fund contribution is an annual per seat obligation in addition to the cost of the ticket and designated John Purdue Club membership requirements for seating.

The Legacy Fund donation for men's basketball will be $250 for each lower arena seat and $100 for each upper arena seat.

Is the Legacy Fund gift tax deductible since it is not part of the ticket price?
The Legacy Fund gift is 80 percent tax deductible. It also will earn priority points at one (1) point per $100.

Will ticket prices increase in addition to Legacy Fund?
We do not anticipate the prices to increase unless there is an increase in the number of games from the 2010-11 season.

Is there a limit to the number of season tickets I can purchase?
John Purdue Club members may purchase the following number of lower arena (premium seats and regular lower arena) men's basketball seats:
Champion - 12
Olympian - 10
All-American - 8
MVP - 4 (upper only)
Captain - 2 (upper only)
First Team - 2 (upper only)

What if I have historically maintained more tickets than the stated ticket quantity restrictions?
John Purdue Club members maintaining more tickets than the quantity restrictions prior to the reallocation will be allowed to order the number of tickets that they have maintained in the past.

If somebody has not had basketball tickets but has more priority points than me, will they have a seat selection time slot before me?
Yes, priority points are the determining factor.

Will John Purdue Club members be able to wait and see if lower arena seats are available before bumping JPC membership level up to All-American status?
Yes, you can review the map and see if lower arena seats are available at the time of selection. At that time, you can then call the John Purdue Club office to increase level of membership at the point of sale. Please note, you still must be an active John Purdue Club member on March 31, 2011.

Is there any estimate as to what percentile or number of priority points will be needed to get lower level seats?
Truthfully there is no good answer to this question. Several factors have made a guess impossible. This is because many people are improving their point standing on a daily basis ahead of the March 31 deadline. In addition, members have been increasing their membership levels to Alll-American to be eligible to select lower arena seats. Also several members are selecting premium seating and may or may not be selecting regular lower arena seats making it impossible to predict the cutoff.

How do I select my seats?
Individual seat selection is available for John Purdue Club members and may be done in one of three ways:

Members can log on to a secure website. From this site, they will be able to select their seats. The site will also allow members a 3-D view of the court while selecting their seats. Please note that the Athletic Ticket Office must have a current email address for anyone to order online.

In Person
Members can come to the Athletic Ticket Office to select and pay for their seats.

Over The Phone
Athletic Ticket Office and John Purdue Club staff members will be able to help members choose seats and place their orders over the phone.

How do we make our payment for our seats?
After selecting seats online, a confirmation page will list your seat selection and the total ticket price (including Legacy Fund contribution). An online invoice will be processed within two business days, and you will receive an email informing you of where to make your payment within 30 days or seats will be released. Payment can be paid in full or in four installments.

Will I be able to purchase parking, Crossroads Classic, and Big Ten Tournament tickets when I select my seats for men's or women's basketball online?
No, parking and Big Ten Tourney tickets can be purchased when you receive your invoice after seat selection.

What if I miss my designated time slot for ordering?
The time slots for John Purdue Club members have a start date, but not an ending date. Therefore, members can select their seats any time after their designated start date, but not before that date.

What are my options for renewing my season tickets?
Information for men's and women's basketball season tickets for 2011-12 has been mailed to all members. You can purchase your season tickets at the Athletic Ticket Office in person, call the ticket office to place your order, or order your tickets online. In order to select your tickets, however, you will need to have Internet access. All fans that have access to the Internet will be able to take advantage of an added online feature. Fans can view a map of the arena on the reallocation Web site that shows the seats in each section that are available. This map will be updated during the reallocation process to give fans a better idea of where their seats may be located.

I have had season tickets for years, but never joined the John Purdue Club. Will I have any reward for my loyalty?
An option that would allow you to capitalize on your loyalty to Purdue men's or women's basketball through consecutive season-ticket purchases would be to join the John Purdue Club prior to the March 31, 2011, deadline. Doing so would activate the priority points associated with those ticket purchases. Aside from capturing the priority points for purchasing season tickets over the years, you also receive 50 priority points for joining the Club.

How do we order season tickets as a group or with friends?
All fans who wish to sit together will need to order at the same time. Each member will select at the selection time of the John Purdue Club member in your group with the lowest point total to ensure availability of seating.

When can we order premium seating?
Club and Courtside seating can be purchased any time while supplies last by calling the John Purdue Club at (765) 494-3248 or toll free at (800) 213-2239.

If I purchase premium seating, will I have to pay the seat license and the Legacy Fund?
No, you will only pay the seat license per seat.

What is the price for men's basketball premium seating?

Seat License Fee* Season Ticket Price** Total
Club Seating$2,500$506$3,006
Courtside Seating (Rows 2-4)$4,500$506$5,006
Courtside Seating (Row 1)$8,500$506$9,006

* The seat license fee is partially tax-deductable and will increase slightly each year based on contract length.
** Season ticket price based on price from 2010-11 season.

Any donor that purchases men's premium seats will have the option to have women's premium seats for the cost of the women's season ticket.

How is the student seating changing for men's basketball?
Because of the decrease in capacity of Mackey Arena, a small amount of student seating will be lost. The percentage of capacity designated for students is staying the same as previous years. In terms of location, over half of the student section will remain in the same location as past years with the other half of student seats moving across the arena behind the opposite basket. Students will have seating in the lower arena on both ends of the court.

Please note: Changes of the location of student seating was based on feedback from the coaching staff. The total reduction of capacity is 6.4 percent, while the reduction of student seating is 4 percent.

Are there any plans for the arena to have chair back seating throughout the arena?
Not at this time.

Why does the arena need two tunnels?
The second tunnel is being added for safety reasons, and the distance to the new visiting locker room will be significantly closer ensuring no unnecessary advantages.

When will I receive a notice stating my selection date and time?
By mid to late April, you will receive a postcard with your exact date and time for selection. You also should receive an email one week prior to your selection date stating your date, time and pin number used to log-in for seat selection.


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