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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.Originally 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.In 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 to 2012 - Mackey Complex Project
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  • Every seat is a good seat in this lively arena. From the first time the teams enter the arena for warm up there is something going on. There is always a highly rated halftime show as well. The sound s...  more »
  • Keady Court is where the action happens. This is OUR HOUSE!!! Love the atmosphere...really not a bad seat in the house.  more »
  • what a great game against Illinois tonight!! Loved it!! the Zooperstars were a fun addition to half time...  more »
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  • Went here for a internship fair. Decent size. Some women restroom aren't clearly marked but men's are. Possibly a mistake but it was strange.
  • Mackey Arena is the preeminent venue to watch basketball, even if you are not a Boilermaker. The recent common hallway updates makes it easier to move around the facility.
  • Well worth the near $100,000,000 remodel. Mackey is the spot for screaming, chanting, and all the other loud stuff. I'm more of a sports playing person yet had tons of fun at the Purdue Iowa game last night. I was surprised how well organized the building is - a multitude can move in and out together relatively quickly. There's plenty of handicap parking on site, pay parking right north, and free parking all over campus. Mackey is definitely an experience everyone should experience.
  • Awesome basketball venue. Renovations have done a lot to improve overall experience over the years.
  • Great court. Good views from every seat!

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