Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana, has announced gifts totaling $12.1 million from five of its football alumni and their families for a new football performance complex.
The gift will help support the construction of a three-level, 110,000-square-foot facility that includes a locker room and rooms for team meetings, a sports performance training area, a sports medicine facility and coaches' offices, and an entrance lobby that highlights the Boilermakers' history and tradition. Construction is slated to begin in May 2016 and conclude in August 2017. The alumni families who joined together to make the gift are Drew and Brittany Brees, Sandy Dauch (on behalf of her late husband, Dick), Doug and Maria DeVos, Bob and Amy Martin, and Tom and Joy Spurgeon.
"Intercollegiate athletics, and football specifically, are a vital part of the fabric of our university, and this new facility will enable our current and future student-athletes to train more effectively and more efficiently," said Purdue president Mitch Daniels. "I thank these five families for their longtime support of Boilermaker football and, of course, for this latest round of generous support."