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Originally named Purdue Arena, the home of the Boilers was hailed as "the first of its kind among collegiate sports facilities."
The first game ever played in Purdue Arena on December 2, 1967 saw the Boilermakers take on Wooden and his UCLA team in a classic contest. The Boilermakers came up just short, 73-71 in front of a standing room-only crowd of more than 14,400, in the debut of the legendary Rick Mount.
In March of 1972, the facility was renamed in honor of Guy "Red" Mackey, who was part of the Purdue Athletics scene for 45 years, including 29 as athletics director, before passing away in 1971. On Dec. 12, 1997, the floor of Mackey Arena was named "Keady Court" in honor of legendary men's basketball coach Gene Keady.
The Purdue Pete used on this shirt was the same one used as Mackey's half court at the beginning of Coach Keady's tenure and through much of the '80s.
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