Purdue Athletics Moving Forward on Facility Updates

December 20th, 2013 | by CollegeAD
Purdue Athletics Moving Forward on Facility Updates
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Purdue athletics is moving full speed ahead on various facility updates. Ross-Ade Stadium’s South End Zone renovation is moving forward, Fetters Construction will build Purdue’s $13 million softball stadium by 2015, and Ackerman Hills is getting a facelift.
 

Ross-Ade Stadium

 
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Ross-Ade Stadium will eventually have two video boards, “one nearly the width of the field in the south end zone,” Athletic Director, Morgan Burke said. He added a video board similar to the one currently in the south end zone will be placed in the north end zone. A ribbon video board will be placed around the horseshoe in the north end zone and a new sound system will be installed.

Burke will also explore adding permanent lights. In conversions with Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany and other conference athletic directors, the league’s next television contract is expected to feature more prime-time games.

“We have a video board that’s old, we have a sound system that’s old, we’ve got a south end zone that’s old, but we have TV partners that are looking for more prime-time games,” he said. “If you’re going to do this, you should probably look at what your options are.
 

New Softball Complex

 
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The new complex, which will be located adjacent to Alexander Field and the Boilermaker Soccer Complex near the intersection of Cherry Lane and McCormick Road, was part of the Mackey Complex master plan.

“A new softball stadium completes a 20-year journey where we now will have contemporary facilities for all of our programs that will enable our student-athletes and coaches to compete for championships on a consistent basis,” Burke said.

Fetters Construction was awarded the bid to build the stadium.The softball facility will be built in traditional Purdue style with brick and masonry exterior facades and a concrete spectator area with a combination of bench and chairback seats. Seating capacity will be 1,000 with the ability to expand in the future.

Both the home and visiting dugouts will be heated and both teams will have dedicated bullpens and batting cages. The Boilermakers’ home dugout will be located along the third-base line and adjacent to a new clubhouse that will feature a locker room, lounge, team meeting area and athletic training treatment area. The clubhouse will be attached to an enclosed and heated training facility that will allow for offseason batting and pitching workouts. Take a look at the stadium tour!

 

Ackerman Hills

 
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Ackerman Hills is an 18-hole, par-71, championship golf course that sits quietly alongside Purdue’s main campus. Designed by Indiana Golf Hall-of-Fame Member Bill Diddle in the early 1920’s, Ackerman Hills is a traditional parkland-style golf course that works its way through mature trees and rolling hills.

Formerly known as the Purdue South Course, the Ackerman course has played host to an NCAA Championship and numerous other prestigious tournaments including the annual Drew Brees charity event. However, the course is due for a much needed facelift.

Burke said famed course designer Pete Dye is donating his services to conduct “significant major maintenance” on the course starting in the fall of 2014. The course will be closed in 2015 and is scheduled to re-open in 2016.

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