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Purdue breaks ground on new Football Performance Complex

Purdue Athletics broke ground on its new football performance complex earlier this week at Mollenkopf Athletic Center. The private groundbreaking ceremony was held in conjunction with the football program’s annual spring game reunion. Receiving more than US$20m in commitments, the Football Master Plan is part of the “Ever True: The Campaign for Purdue University” project.

Built adjacent to the north end of the Mollenkopf Athletic Center, the three-level structure will become the everyday home of the football program. Totaling 110,000sqft, the complex will include a locker room, team meeting room, position group meeting rooms, player development room, sports performance training area, sports medicine facility, fueling station and coaches’ offices, as well as a grand entrance lobby to highlight the Boilermakers’ history and tradition.

Designed by Populous, the state-of-the-art football performance complex will significantly enhance the football student-athlete experience. In addition to the first-class amenities, having all facilities located in one building will result in a more efficient use of the student-athletes’ time. Currently, football-related facilities are housed in multiple buildings.

Sherri Privitera, Principal at Populous, said:

Purdue’s football performance complex will undoubtedly be one of the best, if not the best training facility, in the country. It has all of the components and features that define an elite training facility. This project is about providing the best platform for Purdue student-athletes to succeed athletically and academically. The renovated facility will provide a new level of efficiency to their daily lives and first-class amenities that they don’t have in their current facilities.

The football performance complex is slated to open in August of 2017 and will be a US$65m project. No student fees or state support is planned to be used for the project. It will be privately funded by donors, with future media rights distributions targeted to help with the annual debt service. Purdue Athletics is a self-supporting auxiliary enterprise.

Focusing on three overarching priorities – “Place Students First”, “Build on Our Strengths” and “Champion Research and Innovation” – Purdue’s “Ever True” campaign was announced in October, with a goal of US$2.019bn raised by 2019, the 150th anniversary year of Purdue’s founding and the 50th anniversary year of alumnus Neil Armstrong’s walk on the moon.

Shovels and helmets

Images courtesy: Populous