It’s a slam dunk when you order Purdue basketball tickets through TicketSmarter. Purdue University is located in West Lafayette, Indiana. The Boilermakers athletics department fields 18 varsity sports teams including the men’s basketball team. They first started playing basketball in 1896 and have a current record of 1830-1027. They play at the Mackey Arena and were named the 1932 Pre-tournament Premo-Porretta Champions, but have never won an NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament.
The Boilermakers were the runners-up in the 1969 NCAA Tournament but were defeated by the UCLA Bruins men’s basketball team. The team has made two NCAA Final Four appearances. To date, they have been in 31 NCAA Tournaments. For the 2019 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament, they were defeated by the University of Virginia in overtime 75-80, after making it to the Elite Eight. Secure your Purdue basketball tickets and catch a live NCAA basketball game at the Mackey Arena, which is located at 900 John R. Wooden Drive, West Lafayette, IN 47907.
The team gets its name from people who worked on train locomotives and were called boilermakers. With the university so close to the Monon railyard, there was a point in history when opposing teams assumed that the team was hiring train workers to play Purdue football. The official mascot for Purdue is the Boilermaker Special, which is a Victorian-era railroad locomotive. The vehicle is built on a golf cart chassis and operated by the Purdue Reamer Club. The current iteration of the mascot is The Boilermaker X-tra Special VIII, which first appeared at the Minnesota Golden Gophers vs Purdue Boilermakers football game in 2017. When a local artist drew a cartoon version of the mascot, a university official called it Pete and with that, the university’s secondary mascot was coined Purdue Pete.
Purdue Boilermakers basketball ticket prices depend on the popularity of the opposing team and the progression of the season. For example, cheaper tickets can be purchased for games prior to conference play, which starts in January. The cheapest Purdue basketball tickets can be found in the upper level or the value areas at the back of sections 109 and 111.
Purdue Boilermakers Basketball tickets start at $9 per seat. They can range up to $75. The average basketball ticket's price is $37. For premium seating options like courtside seats, expect to pay anywhere from $5,000 to $10,000 for season passes.
The Boilermakers men’s basketball team competes in the Big Ten Conference. Their schedule typically starts in late October and goes into March. If the men’s basketball team qualifies for the NCAA Tournament, play starts in March and goes through early April. Opponents include the University of Iowa, the University of Michigan and the University of Nebraska.
If you are a Purdue season ticket holder, you renew your seats starting in mid-June and must be completed by the start of August. Single-game tickets are released after that, usually starting in September.
The Purdue men’s basketball team calls the Mackey Arena their home court. The floor was renamed the Keady Court after longtime head coach Gene Keady. The circular seating chart is similar to other indoor college basketball arenas built in the same period. The Paint Crew, otherwise known as the student section, encompasses sections 4, 5, 13, 104–107 and 114–116. The premium areas at the Mackey Complex are sections 8–11, with four rows of courtside seats. All premium seats have access to the all-inclusive Spurgeon Club. For more information, check out the seating chart from TicketSmarter.
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