March 8, 2011
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Following three in-person Q&A sessions, the Purdue athletics department will conduct an on-line chat for fans to talk about the upcoming Mackey Arena reseating process.
The chat is scheduled for Tuesday, March 8, from 7 to 8 p.m. ET and will include athletics director Morgan Burke, senior associate athletics director Nancy Cross and John Purdue Club director Mike Braughton.
Click here to submit a question any time prior to or during the chat.
"We know reseating is an emotional issue, and our goal is to have as much communication about the process as possible so our members are properly informed," Cross said.
"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."
To check priority points or for current information online about premium seating and the reseating process, please visit the John Purdue Club webpage at purduesports.com. The deadline for priority point accumulation for general reseating is March 31, 2011.
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 less than 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," 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."