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Venue: Mackey Arena
School Name: Purdue
Location: West Lafayette, Indiana
The Big Ten Conference can offer some of the more exciting facilities in college basketball. The experience offered at Purdue’s Mackey Arena speaks just to that.
Since its opening in 1967, Mackey Arena has been the home to Purdue’s basketball program. Named after long time athletic director Guy “Red” Mackey, the arena offers a parabolic curve all around, giving the court that “closed-in” feeling.
Currently known as the Paint Crew for current head coach Matt Painter, the Boilermaker’s student section covers many of the seats close to the court area, heckling visiting teams and giving Purdue that home court feel.
Although it may not look the part, Mackey Arena can hold over 14,000 screaming fans, and in the tightened environment that is offers, it can be a nightmare for visiting teams. Ask any Big Ten opponent who makes the annual trip to West Lafayette, and they will tell you just how loud Mackey Arena can get.
Mackey Arena has a secret to its rowdiness that not many venues can offer. Its domed-in aluminum roof gives the arena that extra boost when it comes to making noise. As the roof helps keep the sound closed in, Purdue fans are very willing to make Mackey Arena as loud as humanly possible.
This might be one of the louder years for Mackey Arena and the Purdue basketball program. They boast one of this nation’s top teams, as they are sure to enter the season with a top ten ranking. With their core lineup returning from a season ago, the hype has begun to build for the Boilermakers this season. Trips to Mackey Arena by Wake Forest and West Virginia will have fans going early in the year during non-conference play, as well as Big Ten tests at home later in the year.
Matt Painter has done a great job at Purdue and the program has crept back into the national scene. However, they know this is a year filled with high expectations, and not only will the team be prepared, but Mackey Arena and its fans are excited for another season of basketball.