The biggest challenge of a pool area is creating a comfortable atmosphere for the observers of the sport. You want to keep them out of the way of the swimmers but in close enough proximity to watch with ease and be close to the participants.
A swimming pool is not just made to benefit athletes or viewers. It also benefits participants of other sports and incoming Purdue students. It gives a remission area for injured athletes to strengthen weak muscles, and it shows incoming Purdue students the bond athletes and other students share at Purdue. Overall, it says Boiler Up!