As I look through the other thread about the Mackey construction I see that many of us have strong opinions generally opposing it. I know I don't know all I want to know about it and have no real way of showing the Athletic Dept. I hate it because the letter I would send would be trashed probably before it got to anyone important. So I thought with the diversity on this blog maybe some joint effort would at least get us answers.
My freshman year was JJ and E'Twaun's senior year. Honestly, probably the most fun I have had at a sporting event. Of course we had a great team which in turn fuels a great atmosphere, but never this year did Mackey feel the same. Whether it was the maligned black seats or the split Paint Crew, it was just different in a completely awful way.
I know I will again get a lot of flack from this, but its honestly frustrating to me if you need a large cushioned seat to attend a Purdue basketball game. It just doesn't seem like a Purdue thing at all. And on top of that we then need to spend more money because they didn't have enough leg room. Excuse me? I honestly think its almost pathetic. I saw T-Mill posted a comment along the lines that if you need one of those seats to come to the game, you have no business being there.
I don't like the whole argument thats what the big donors wanted. All 50 of them in attendance every game? It's ruining a great college basketball arena. I don't think a place like Cameron Indoor has something like that.
The donors kept Painter here no argument there, but if for some reason ridiculous decisions like splitting the Paint Crew and putting in seats that aren't filled continue, playing in Mackey Arena won't have the same draw for recruits that it once did.
I don't know if anyone here has sent anything to the Athletic Department, but if it has been done and you've gotten answers please let me know.