Weekend water main break damages several Purdue athletic facilities


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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Purdue University officials are trying to determine the severity of a weekend water main break that has left several of their athletic facilities damaged, some severely.

According to Purdue Athletic department spokesman Tom Schott, facilities affected by the break include Mackey Arena’s Keady Court while Holloway Gymnasium’s Belin Court – the volleyball team’s playing floor – was damaged likely beyond repair. The football team’s locker room in the same building also incurred significant flooding-related damage to flooring, carpeting and lockers.

The cause of the water main break is being investigated according to Schott. The accident was connected to the football training center project going on on the opposite end of Purdue’s athletic complex corridor off Northwestern Ave.

A water main stationed between the Mollenkopf Athletic Center and the Brees Building was compromised.  Schott commented that Mollenkopf was spared entirely as water gushed toward the Brees Building, penetrating side doors to the facility leading to both Belin Court and the football locker room. Three to five inches of water was discovered by workers after the break and the damage continued as water spread across Belin and into the building’s concourse, leading to a sloped tunnel that connects it to Mackey’s lower passageways which lead right to the tunnel that goes onto Keady Court.

Cost of repairs, restoration and/or replacement of playing floors are unknown at this point according to Schott but damages are expected to be covered by insurance. However several summer sports camps will be affected as well as early season practices for some fall teams which are now displaced because of the break but Schott remarked that the university will find alternate places for those events and practices to be held.

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