Opened in 1967, Mackey Arena serves as the home court for the Purdue University men’s and women’s basketball teams, as well as occasionally hosting volleyball games and wrestling matches. It was originally named Purdue Arena, but was changed in 1972 to honor longtime athletic direct Guy “Red” Mackey. The arena replaced Lambert Fieldhouse, which currently houses an indoor track facility. Mackey’s structure is in the shape of bowl, and it can hold roughly 14,000 fans at one time. The actual basketball playing surface, known as “Keady Court,” is named after the Boilermakers legendary coach Gene Keady.
In recent years, the arena, located in West Lafayette, Indiana, has undergone major renovations, including updated locker rooms, a new video meeting room for the women’s team, and a revamped press conference room for Indianapolis media members. In 2007, Purdue’s trustees approved of a $99.5 million project that will extend from the outer edges of the arena and connect to a three-level structure which will include a large sports medicine facility, a new weight room, and basketball practice facility. The addition will also allow for more concourse concession stands, and modifications to the seating capacity in the arena itself.
In the meantime, Indianapolis sports fans who follow the Boilermakers, can continue to catch some the best basketball in the country at Mackey Arena. Matt Painter‘s men’s team, is one of the best squads in the country, and while the women’s team has struggled a bit, they still offer a great opportunity to see basketball played at a high level.
For a seating chart and ticket information, contact the Purdue Athletic Ticket Office.