WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- Five Purdue football alumni and their families have pledged $12.1 million toward the construction of a new football performance complex, according to a press release from Purdue University.
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 have pledged the money.
“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,” Purdue President Mitch Daniels said in a press release.
“I thank these five families for their longtime support of Boilermaker football and of course for this latest round of generous support.”
The complex, totaling 110,000 square feet, will include a locker room, team meeting room, position group meeting rooms, player development room, sports performance training area, sports medicine facility, fueling station and coaches' offices.
At this point, the project is expected to cost approximately $65 million. According to Purdue, no student fees or state support will be used for the project.
Construction is scheduled to begin in May 2016 and finish in August 2017.