Feb. 15, 2011
Feb. 14, 2011
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - As construction progress on the Mackey Complex continues, the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics will provide opportunities for John Purdue Club members and Boilermaker fans to learn more about the upcoming Mackey reseating process.
The third of three Q&A Sessions will be held this Sunday, Feb. 20, at noon in Holloway Gymnasium (John Purdue Club Fast Break Room) in the Intercollegiate Athletic Facility prior to the Purdue-Ohio State men's basketball game (1 p.m.) and Purdue-Ohio State women's basketball game (5 p.m.).
John Purdue Club staff will be on hand to review what has already taken place and what lies ahead with the reseating process, as well as answer questions and engage in dialogue.
"We had great turnouts for the first two Q&A's, which reinforced our understanding that reseating Mackey has emotional overtones," senior associate athletics director Nancy Cross said. "Our goal is to have as much communication about the process as possible so our members are properly informed.
"It is necessary to create a completely new seating manifest - based primarily on additional ADA seating, a new tunnel and premium seats - and the only fair way to determine seat locations after the renovation is to completely reallocate the arena for men's and women's basketball, based on John Purdue Club priority points."
As part of the project, 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.
"We are nine months away from the completion date and all of us are eagerly awaiting the weekend of Nov. 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."
To check priority points or for current information online about premium seating and the reseat process please visit the John Purdue Club webpage at purduesports.com. The deadline for priority point accumulation for general reseating is March 31, 2011.
An online chat to answer questions about reseating is slated for Tuesday, March 8, at 7 p.m. ET. Additional details will be forthcoming.