IU, Purdue enter arms race

January 30, 2008
Back to TopCommentsE-mailPrintBookmark and Share
Two donors recently came forward to support the $82 million renovation of Purdue University’s Mackey Arena.

Tom Spurgeon, a 1961 alumnus and current Purdue trustee, has contributed $3 million toward the project. The gymnasium in the student-athlete academic center will be named for Bob Holloway, a 1948 alumnus who has committed $2 million to Mackey.

There are several interesting elements included in the overall project--notably increasing the number of concession sale points from 12 to 48, and adding cushy club seats and two corporate entertaining areas. These extras will be significant revenue boosters for Purdue’s athletic department. And if fans drink more liquid refreshments, fear not, the renovation creates three times as many women’s restrooms than there are now and increases the number of men’s restrooms by 35 percent.

Other upgrades to the 40-year-old basketball arena include improved ticket offices and widened concourses. The project is designed to bring academic, athletic and training needs into one complex. Morgan J. Burke, Purdue's director of Intercollegiate Athletics, said the upgrades will be an important student recruiting tool.

With Indiana University also in a fund-raising mode for its athletic department, has an arms race begun between the in-state Big 10 rivals?
  • I hate to see collegiate sports turn so professional, but I can tell you from my last visit to Assembly Hall that something needs to be done. The seats are narrow and too close to the ones in front and behind them. The handicapped accessibility to this facility is laughable and if a fire stuck during a game everyond could get out safely? I realize there's a captive audience for IU games, but that only goes so far. As an IU grad I to see the pendulum swing and Purdue grab a big advantage in marketing and recruiting. With a little marketing creativity on the part of IU officials, there'd be plenty of corporate and alumni support to make the needed upgrades. And in the long run, it would be good for IU, its alumni and students.
  • There has always been an arms race in B10 sports. It is just becoming more noticeable. With teams competing for recruits and dollars, who wants to play in an outdated barn when you can have the latest fabulous arena. Same with training facilities etc.... I think Purdue really raised the bar with the completed and proposed Ross Ade additions, causing iu and others to take notice. The Same with the upcoming Mackey renovations.
  • Personally - I am disappointed at universities in the US in general. It amazes me that most of the focus is on athletics, and other extracurricular activities. I think all in all it is a commentary (not a good one) on our society. Maybe if donors spent that much helping out with things that actually applied to the work of a university, we wouldn't be sliding down to where we are.

    For those that don't know what I'm talking about, here's the definition of university, borrowed from m-w.com:

    Main Entry:
    ?yü-n?-?v?r-s?-t?, -?v?r-st?
    1: an institution of higher learning providing facilities for teaching and research and authorized to grant academic degrees; specifically : one made up of an undergraduate division which confers bachelor's degrees and a graduate division which comprises a graduate school and professional schools each of which may confer master's degrees and doctorates
  • disappointed with not disappointed at ...

  • The people aren't lining up by the thousands to pay to see a Chemistry 101 lab. They aren't turning the station several times a week to see IU's Debate Team take on Northwestern's. They are devoted to and love the thrill of College Athletics and pay top dollar to do so. Most of the money raised in the Atheltic Dept stays there. IU and Purdue have no trouble getting massive donations to their schools academics and to argue that there is a funds disparity between the Academic and Athletics sectors in an unfavorable way is crazy. Athletics are becoming more high profile, but donations to Academics are quite high.

    IU's Assembly Hall was built 4 decades ago for what would be small change by today's standards. It's paid for itself numerous times and it's time to fund a new one. Athletics provide a presitge and culture to a school moreso than any other part of it. I don't think that is so wrong. I could foresee situations where the line can be crossed, but we are nowhere close. IU and Purdue are realizing that their venues need attention and they are going about it in a respectful manner that doesn't tread on the Academic nature of both Universities. I donate to both IU's Athletics and Academics and will proudly do so for the rest of my life.
  • A schools public image will now and forever be tied to its athletic
    accomplishments and image. How many people travel to the Bug-Bowl compard to to the Rose or Capital One bowl or whichever bowl IU is going to lose in every
    10+ years. It is something to be proud of and embrace.
    If you want to support the academics, hire an alum from
    that school.

Post a comment to this blog

We reserve the right to remove any post that we feel is obscene, profane, vulgar, racist, sexually explicit, abusive, or hateful.
You are legally responsible for what you post and your anonymity is not guaranteed.
Posts that insult, defame, threaten, harass or abuse other readers or people mentioned in IBJ editorial content are also subject to removal. Please respect the privacy of individuals and refrain from posting personal information.
No solicitations, spamming or advertisements are allowed. Readers may post links to other informational websites that are relevant to the topic at hand, but please do not link to objectionable material.
We may remove messages that are unrelated to the topic, encourage illegal activity, use all capital letters or are unreadable.

Messages that are flagged by readers as objectionable will be reviewed and may or may not be removed. Please do not flag a post simply because you disagree with it.

Sponsored by
  1. Good Day I am Mr (Victoria Wright) from United state of America, i stayed in NEW YORK, and i have a broke up business, until i found this company email who help me to gain a loan for business,, and now i want to used this short medium to congratulate the below company for the fast and safe money they loan to me without any form of collateral, i loan 500,000USD from the company to save my business and lots more, i saw their mail on the internet, everyone always give testimony for what they did, so i quickly contacted them and they all did everything for me without stress and my money was sent to my account just 3 days later, i was surprise and i feel so glad, now i have a standard business control agent who help me, now i will advice those who need urgent loan to contact him at the bellow email:zenithfirm12@gmail.com

  2. NOTICE:This is to inform the general public that Vampires are real. My name is James Franklyn.,am an agent of vampire,am here to introduce our new world trend to you,a world of vampire where life get easier,we have made so many persons vampires and have turned them rich,you will be assured long life and prosperity,you shall be made to be very sensitive to mental alertness,stronger and also very fast,you will not be restricted to walking at night only even at the very middle of broad day light you will be made to walk.In case you are wildly oppressed by some unscrupulous persons we can still help you fight them.Your protection is assured immediately you join.Just contact the bellow email if you are interested we are here to attend to you anytime you want us. Contact the bellow email for more details. Email:vampirescreed@hotmail.com Sincerely: James Franklyn.

  3. Bravo! Someone else that is willing to speak the truth! Bravo!_____NBCSN is available in almost 2 MILLION more homes than just a few years ago, but Indycar STILL gets less total viewers than it did just a few years ago when NBC took over Versus. Attendance and ratings cratered with the end of season races (just when the title battle got "interesting" HAH!__________And now...new race in Basilia, where Miles celebrated the "rich history" of Indycar racing there. Rich history? What, 7 events in the 100 years of AOW? Yep, some history. Well, at least its an oval. It's not??? Are you kidding me??? Gosh darn road racin furriners.

  4. PURITY RAY LOAN OFFER........ Have you been denied by your banks,or are you in need of of an urgent loan to pay of your bills we are capable of giving loans @ cheaper rate to interested individuals, student, companies and members of the public in need of finance to settle bills, we do offer considerable loans which you can count on. For more information on our various types of loan,then you will have to contact PURITY RAY LOAN FIRM, to help you achieve your desire LOAN APPLICATION FORM TO BE FILLED BORROWERS INFORMATION * Full name:………………………. * SEX * ……………………………. * Country………………………….. * State:……………………………. * Land:…………………………….. * Occupation:…………………….. * phone number:…………………. * Telephone: ………………………….. * Age:………………………………. * Amount needed as loan:……… * Loan Duration:………………….. * Propose of Loan:……………….. * Annual revenue:………………… * Monthly Income:……………….. * Guarantee:………………………. * Payment: monthly or annually Email.....purityrayloanfirm@gmail.com Thank you and God bless Mr Purity Ray PURITY RAY LOAN FIRM we tend to serve you better

  5. Problem: most of the people responding to this article don't know about this service AT ALL! Why? Lack of awareness. This isn't IndyGo. This is CIRTA: might as well be the mattress company because they are asleep at the wheel - something like 3 directors over the last year? Playing with federal grant money is great! This "region" wants commuter rail service, has spent MILLIONS on Transportation studies yet can't even support a commuter bus line? This is largely for suburban riders to get to downtown - not for "service people to work in our hotels and restaurants" ! Get your head out of your backside!! These are professionals, students etc. that don't want to fight traffic, save some money on parking, gas, stress.... if CIRTA would put their federal money into widely promoting the sevive to Greenwood, Fishers & Carmel instead of finding directors and studies - this would be a successful service. Our family uses(d) it daily for the last several years - but the recent uncertainty & now unreliability due to cuts from Carmel has been a problem. Now, costs us an additional $350/month for gas & parking ( $4200/year) plus vehicle wear, service, environmental impact ... YES - this REGION needs this this type of service in order to keep growing and getting the people it needs to fill skilled positions in downtown Indianapolis. Think outside of your own car !!!