Originally named Purdue Arena, groundbreaking for the circular concrete and steel structure with a domed roof took place July 20, 1965. It was hailed as “the first of its kind among collegiate sports facilities.” The first-ever game played at what is now Mackey Arena saw the Boilermakers taken on UCLA and John Wooden in 1972. The floor of Mackey Arena was named “Keady Court” in honor of former Purdue coach Gene Keady in 1997. In 2007, Purdue showcased plans for the Mackey Complex project, which brought the campus landmark into the 21st century. When at full capacity, 14,000+ fans and an aluminum roof make it one of the loudest arenas in the country. 1 court, 12,990-square foot sports performance facility, oversized basketball practice facility with a full-size court and three breakout shooting areas, seating capacity of 14846, restrooms, concessions, meeting space, and lounges.