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Expect no public fan attendance to start the basketball season at Mackey Arena

Purdue athletics director Mike Bobinski said Tuesday that he expects Mackey Arena to operate similar to Ross-Ade Stadium this winter. Only immediate family members of players and staff will be at basketball games in 2020-2021.

Posted: Nov 17, 2020 5:13 PM
Updated: Nov 18, 2020 5:59 PM

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — Purdue athletics director Mike Bobinski said Tuesday that he expects only immediate family members of the players and staff at Mackey Arena to start the men's and women's basketball seasons.

"Our presumption at this point and time is that we are going to begin the basketball seasons in a very similar circumstance that we are with football right now," said Bobinski.

"We will have no public sale of tickets. We will have only players immediate families from the two different teams and the coaching staff families."

"It will be absent anybody besides the staff necessary to pull the game off," he continued. "Hopefully we can continue to reevaluate as we reach the turn of the calendar year."

Mackey Arena is widely regarded as one of the toughest environments to visit in college basketball.

The gold and black beat Big Ten co-champions Wisconsin and Michigan State by a combined 48 points last season inside the venue.

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