Purdue’s storied basketball home Mackey Arena turns 50 on Dect. 2 and in celebration, the university’s athletics Twitter account posted a video full of special moments from the hallowed hall.
Celebrate w/the Purdue 🏀 teams as Mackey Arena turns 50 years old!
— Purdue Athletics (@PurdueSports) September 20, 2017
The video highlights important statistics, including the fact that 40 All-Americans have played there for the Boilermakers between the men’s and women’s teams, as well as 173 Big Ten honorees.
There have also been 30 Big Ten championships and one national title won by the women’s team in 1999.
The video also features plenty of moments to illustrate those statistics and more, with a quick clip of College Gameday at Mackey and Dick Vitale’s voice calling a play.
There is also a quote talking about the “resurrection” of the program being due to Caleb Swanigan.
The tweet asks fans to share their #MACKEYMOMENTS, some of which will be displayed on a Purdue website.
According to the arena’s page on Purdue’s athletics site, ground was broken for Mackey in 1965 and cost $6 million to complete.
It was finished and dedicated 50 years ago on Dec. 2, 1967 with 10 Boilermaker All-Americans there led by John Wooden. At the time, it was called Purdue Arena.
In 1972, it was renamed for Guy “Red” Mackey, who was involved in Boilermaker athletics for 45 years before passing away the year before.
The women’s team played its first game at Mackey in 1975. The arena has a total capacity of 14,804.