Board approves $6.7 million for Mackey Arena renovation
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The Purdue University Board of Trustees has approved a plan to improve the historic Mackey Arena as the men’s and women’s basketball programs aim to continue their success on the national stage.
As Purdue competes with the top tier of college basketball programs, facility improvements are needed to continue attracting the next generation of talent. Planned upgrades to the facility will help create a more efficient and functional space for current and future student-athletes who spend significant time between practices, classes and recovery inside Mackey Arena during the year.
Today’s approval authorizes the renovations, which are expected to begin at the end of the 2022-23 season, which include fully reconfigured men’s and women’s basketball locker rooms, player lounges and the expansion of the John Wooden Club. The renovations will focus on modernizing amenities and updating technology, which will result in more efficient use of existing spaces as well as new amenities for student-athletes. Additionally, the Wooden Club expansion is designed to improve the donor experience. The estimated cost of this project is $6.7 million and will be funded entirely by donor donations.
“The upcoming locker room project and Wooden Club renovations will continue to enhance our program for our current and future student-athletes and our fans,” said the Men’s Basketball Head Coach. matte painter. “Mackey Arena is already considered one of the best environments in college basketball and holds a special place for me as a former player. These improvements will continue to ensure that Purdue Basketball and Mackey Arena remain among the national elite. .”
Purdue Men’s Basketball achieved its first-ever No. 1 ranking in the Associated Press national poll last season. The Painter’s Boilermaker team is also one of only three men’s basketball programs to have reached four Sweet 16s in the past five NCAA tournaments.
Purdue Women’s Basketball momentum is on the rise, with head coach Katie Gearlds taking charge of the program just 47 days before the start of the 2021-22 season and leading the Boilermakers to 17 wins in his first campaign. The 10-win improvement was the biggest by a Purdue coach in his freshman year and tied for the third-best turnaround in program history.
“The locker room renovation project is a vital step as we bring the women’s basketball program back to the national stage,” said Gearlds. “The new locker rooms and player areas will provide additional resources for our student-athletes as we take the next step to compete at an elite level.”
“We are incredibly proud of the momentum behind our programs at Purdue Basketball and the level of leadership displayed by our coaching staff,” said Vice President and Director of Intercollegiate Athletics, mike bobinsky. “Continued investment in our facilities is a critical part of our ability to build on the current level of success, and we are grateful for the opportunity to move forward with the support of the university as well as our alumni and fans.”
If you would like to learn more about naming opportunities or other ways to support the project with a major gift commitment, please contact the John Purdue Club at 765.494.CLUB or [email protected]