This afternoon the Purdue University Board of Trustees made it official:
#Purdue BOT approves upgrades and expansion of Mollenkopf— mike carmin (@carminjc) December 18, 2015
The $60 million plan to upgrade the football locker room, weight room, and other facilities with an addition to the north end of the Mollenkopf practice facility is officially a go, and that can be a huge boost to recruiting as it should at least make Purdue on-par facility-wise with the rest of the Big Ten.
The original plan was announced in October, but approved with little resistance today. It will add more than 110,000 square feet onto the Mollenkopf, the bulk of which will be a three-story building on the north end with new locker rooms, a new weight room, coaching offices, film rooms, player lounge, and meeting rooms. From this image you can see that Purdue trails the Big Ten in almost every area that will be improved:
Construction is expected to be quick. The original plan was to break ground in may of 2016 with completion before the 2017 season. If all goes well this coming year will be the last in the current setup and many of the incoming freshmen will get to use the new facility before their careers are over.
MORGAN'S ASKING FOR AN ADDITION $5 MILLION Y'ALL!!!! EVERY PLAYER IS GETTING A HOVERBOARD!!
#Purdue athletics is asking for BOT authorization for $65 million to upgrade and expand Mollenkopf.— mike carmin (@carminjc) December 18, 2015