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Mackey Arena, West Lafayette

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Mackey Arena is located in West Lafayette, Indiana. Part of the Purdue University campus, it is home to the university's basketball teams, and occasionally hosts home games for the volleyball and wrestling teams. The arena opened in 1967 as a replacement for Lambert Fieldhouse.HistoryOriginally named Purdue Arena, it was renamed in 1972 to honor Purdue alumnus and long time athletic director Guy "Red" Mackey. On December 12, 1997, the floor was renamed Keady Court in honor of longtime men's coach Gene Keady. The circular arena, similar to several built in the 1960s, seats 14,846, and is considered by many as one of the loudest arenas in the nation due to its domed aluminum roof.RenovationsIn recent years, Mackey Arena has experienced numerous upgrades and improvements, including: 1997 - New playing surface and basketball goals installed 1998 - Roof repainted 2000 - New bleachers installed2002 - Women's basketball locker room renovated2002 - Men's basketball locker room renovated2003 - Video and meeting room for women's basketball constructed2003 - Team championship and Consensus All-American jersey banners hung2003 - Men's basketball player lounge renovated 2003 - Lower press row reconstructed2003 - Press conference and media work room renovated2004 - Video board installed2004 - Sound system installed 2005 - Playing surface refinished2007-2012 - Mackey Complex Project2016 - Playing surface replaced after a flood due to a broken water main
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  • Mackey Arena remains one of the most exciting, loud, and electric venues in college basketball today. The dome at the top reverberates sound and when the Boilers get rolling, fasten your seatbelts! Da...  more »
  • Mackey Arena is among the premier venues for basketball in the Midwest. Recent renovations have greatly enhanced the atmosphere in the arena, especially the addition of a superb scoreboard.  more »
  • It's just hard to beat Mackey Arena for a college basketball game. There are hardly any bad seats in the house ... basically right behind the backboard is the worst you are going to get. Other than th...  more »
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