Mackey Arena

Mackey Arena


The Mackey Arena has become one of the most beloved facilities to catch rim-rocking basketball action in the country. The facility was created to house the Purdue University Boilermakers. It replaced the 40-year-old Purdue Arena, with a host of new amenities and more space for the devoted fans who come out to cheer on the top-seeded team. The arena was named after Purdue graduate and longtime athletic director, guy "Red" Mackey. From the time the project was announced until construction was complete was a little over five years. Every minute was used to create a better, more fan-friendly arena for fans to enjoy.

The $99.5 million facility is the home of the famed Purdue University Boilermakers men's and women's basketball teams, and is also the home of the volleyball and wrestling teams. The original arena was constructed in 1965 and only cost $6 million to complete. The dedication of the facility included 10 All-American former Boilermakers like John Wooden and Charles "Stretch" Murphy. The first game ever played in the arena was when the Boilermakers took on Wooden's UCLA team in a cutthroat battle on the court. Purdue fell to the Bruins 73 – 71 in front of a crowd of more than 14,00 cheering fans. Since the facility opened, it has hosted some of the most exciting games in the history of collegiate basketball. And as the Mackey Complex grows around the arena, fans will also get the chance to experience soccer and baseball.

Teams/Events Hosted

Mackey Arena is home to the Purdue University Boilermakers who have been a top-seeded team in the NBA for several years. Part of their success has come from playing in a state-of-the-art facility. The stadium has been the site for several playoff games featuring the Boilermakers men's and women's basketball teams, and it continues to be a venue full of excitement and non-stop sports action.

The stadium has not only been the site of numerous net-swishing battles between college basketball teams, but it has also been the site of many other exciting events including volleyball games and wrestling matches. The facility has also hosted several playoff and regular season games, including the nail-biting 1975 matchup between the Purdue women's basketball team and the Illinois women's basketball team. The game was the first for the women in the facility, and they defeated their opponents with a decisive win, 78-74. Amy Ruley, who scored the first basket for Purdue in that game, became an inductee into the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame in 2004.

Home City

This state-of-the-art stadium is located in West Lafayette, IN. This majestic city is located near the Wabash River, across the water from their sister city, Lafayette. Purdue University plays a big role in the economy of West Lafayette. More than 40,000 students reside on campus, which is almost twice as many people who live in the township. The university keeps the town moving, providing more than 12,000 jobs to people living in the town of West Lafayette and its sister city. Because the university is such a large part of the industry in West Lafayette, the city has a plethora of sports fans just waiting to watch their favorite team battle it out on the court. The town has numerous points of interest that draw hundreds of visitors to the city each year. From the famous Harry's Chocolate Shop to Fort Quiatenon—an old French trading post—to the Purdue Horticulture Park, there's something for everyone in West Lafayette.

Parking/Seating Layout

When game time comes, you don't want to be stuck trying to find a parking spot. Finding a suitable parking location for your car, SUV, truck or RV is crucial to an enjoyable experience at the stadium. There are several options when it comes to parking near the stadium, all of which are within walking distance of the park. And although you might have to pay a nominal parking fee, it is worth it.

There are several areas to park near Mackey Arena. The campus is equipped with numerous parking lots that can accommodate just about any vehicle. But get their early to avoid the heavy traffic that usually accompanies game day.

Seating is available all around the Boilermakers' home court, with courtside seating and several sections of general admission seating. There is a different seating configuration for each type of event, but every seat in the house is a good one. With clear sightlines and an excellent sound and visual system, you won't miss a moment of the action.


The arena itself is named after former athletic director Guy "Red" Mackey. But did you know that the court has a name, too? The floor—where so many teams have earned their victories—was named Keady Court in 1997 after longtime men's coach Gene Keady. Now, generations of players and fans will know the names of some of these greatest players and coaches in Purdue University history because of these symbolic tributes.

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