Purdue's new $65 million football complex will be a game-changer

Purdue's new $65 million football complex will be a game-changer

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The view from Jeff Brohm’s new office is sweet.

From his perch in a corner office on the third floor of Purdue’s new Football Performance Complex, Brohm will be able to look out at Ross-Ade Stadium. It’s an office any Big Ten coach would like, complete with a de facto living room adjacent to his office that will serve as a meeting area.

Brohm’s sweet digs are one of many impressive aspects of Purdue’s $65 million state-of-the-art Football Performance Complex, which sits along Northwestern Avenue and will be dedicated on September 8, 2017.

The glassy three-story structure will be a game-changer for a Purdue program that has been to just two bowls since 2007. BTN wasn’t allowed to take photos or video on a Monday afternoon tour since none of the players have seen the new digs yet. That could happen as soon as Thursday. And the team would like to walk up the stairs from the complex and onto the outdoor fields for practice on Sunday.

The Football Performance Complex is attached to the Mollenkopf Athletic Center, the school’s 27-year old indoor facility which has had new turf installed. The first floor of the Football Performance Complex features a massive locker room, sports medicine center, weight room, nutrition area and equipment room. Inscribed on one wall of the weight room: “Sweat dries. Blood clots. Bones heal,” And also this: “Championships live forever.”

The second story is dominated by meeting rooms. And the position meeting rooms include a photo of a past Purdue great. For instance, Ryan Kerrigan is on the d-line room; Dave Young the tight ends room; Bob Griese the quarterbacks room. The team meeting room has the words to “Hail Purdue” on a wall.

The second story also is where a grand lobby is located, which will include a big video board and collection of program history. Outside, a massive motion “P” will serve as a beacon. The lobby will be open on game days. And a players’ lounge also is on the second floor, complete with a theatre room that features La-Z-Boy type chairs.

The third floor includes coaching staff offices, a video suite and NFL scout room, among other highlights of a glistening building where ground was broken in April 2016.

The north side of the 110,000 square-foot Football Performance Complex offers views of two outdoor practice fields. Another nice feature of the new facility: An interactive board that has chronicled all the Boilermakers who have played in the NFL.

Purdue hopes this facility helps it re-establish the success it enjoyed during the Joe Tiller era from 1997-2008, highlighted by a Big Ten title and Rose Bowl appearance in the 2000 season behind Drew Brees.

Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer

About Tom Dienhart: BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart is a veteran sports journalist who covers Big Ten football and men's basketball for BTN.com and BTN TV. Find him on Twitter and Facebook, and send him questions to his weekly mailbag.

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