Ross-Ade Stadium Bag Policy
2017 Guest Guide
Ross-Ade Seating Chart
Gameday Traffic & Parking Information
Milestones In Ross-Ade Stadium History

Ross-Ade Stadium (850 Beering Drive)

From Indianapolis
Take I-65 North to State Road 25 (exit 175).
Take a left on State Road 25, towards Lafayette, for approximately 1 mile.
Turn right on Sagamore Parkway. Stay on Sagamore for approximately 2 miles to Yeager Road (fourth stoplight).
Turn left on Yeager Road.
Follow ensuing roundabout (approximately 0.25 miles) to Northwestern Avenue.
For Football Parking: Follow traffic signs for permit parking or non-permit parking.

From Chicago
Take I-65 South to State Road 43 (exit 178).
Turn right off ramp.
Follow State Road 43 approximately 7 miles to the fourth stoplight (State Road 26 West/State Street).
Turn right on State Road 26.
Turn right at second stoplight (Grant Street).
Follow Grant Street to next stoplight.
Turn left on Northwestern Avenue.
For Football Parking: Follow traffic signs for permit parking or non-permit parking.

Nestled on the northern edge of the Purdue University campus, venerable Ross-Ade Stadium celebrates its 94th season as the home of Boilermaker football in 2017.

Ross-Ade was dedicated Nov. 22, 1924, in a game against intrastate rival Indiana, which the Boilermakers won 26-7. The stadium is named for its two principal benefactors, alumni David E. Ross, former president of the Board of Trustees, and George Ade, a playwright and humorist. It was Ross who conceived the idea for the stadium and selected the site. He and Ade purchased and presented to the university the 65-acre tract on which the stadium is located.

The stadium's original seating capacity was 13,500 (with standing room for an additional 5,000). Six expansions, plus end zone bleacher seating, eventually raised it to 69,200 in 1970. Capacity presently is 57,236.

From 2001 to 2003, Ross-Ade underwent a $70 million renovation that has made it one of the most attractive and fan-friendly facilities in all of college football.

In 2006, a cold-tolerant strain of Bermuda grass was installed in Ross-Ade, making it the first Big Ten Conference stadium with such a surface. A year later, a 31-foot by 68-foot Daktronics video board was installed at the south end of Ross-Ade to significantly improve replay and other entertainment possibilities.

The South End Zone Patio, which features tailgate food and beverages in an attractive 16,000-square foot area, opened in 2014 and is available to football season-ticket holders and Purdue students who are members of the Ross-Ade Brigade. The patio is a temporary addition while plans for a multi-purpose building are considered.

Permanent lighting was installed in 2017.

Ross-Ade features the Prescription Athletic Turf (PAT) drainage system, developed by Purdue staffers William H. Daniel and Melvin Robey in the early 1970s. It was installed in the stadium in 1975 at a cost of approximately $125,000. The PAT system is a network of pipes connected to pumps that extract water from the grass and can help keep the field playable and virtually divot-proof, even during a storm dumping one inch of rain or more per hour.

Through the 2017 season, Purdue boasts an all-time record of 282-186-13 at Ross-Ade, a .600 winning percentage.

The largest crowd ever to see a game at Ross-Ade is 71,629 against Indiana on Nov. 22, 1980.


YearsField Record
1889-1891Lafayette YMCA park 5-0
1892-1924Stuart Field88-44-12
1924- Ross-Ade Stadium 282-186-13


No.Date Result
111/22/1924 Purdue 26, Indiana 7
1009/18/1965Purdue 38, Miami (Ohio) 0
200 11/9/1996 Purdue 9, Michigan 3

Stadium Fan Image

2017 Guest Guide

Ross-Ade Stadium is a smoke- and tobacco-free environment. Tobacco products and e-cigarettes are not permitted in the stadium.

Accessible Seating: Fans requiring special assistance are urged to make all ticketing arrangements through the Athletics Ticket Office well in advance. Call 765.494.3194 or 800.49.SPORT.

Bag Policy: Fans are encouraged not to bring any type of bags to games, and only the following are permissible: One bag that is clear plastic, vinyl or PVC and does not exceed 12 inches by 6 inches by 12 inches OR one one-gallon clear plastic bag (Ziploc bag or similar). Also permissible is one small clutch bag (no larger than 4.5 inches by 6.5 inches) - approximately the size of a hand - with or without a handle or strap. Exceptions will be made for ticket holders with medically necessary items and/or diaper bags (with a child/children present). Those patrons will be admitted only at the First Aid gates on the northeast and northwest sides of the stadium upon having their bag(s) inspected.

Concessions: Concession stands, managed by Boilermaker Hospitality, offer a wide variety of options from gameday classics such as hot dogs, hamburgers and french fries to local favorites like pork tenderloin sandwiches and new specialty items like duck wings and the Boiler Up Hammer Down Dog, a jumbo hot dog topped with black bean salsa, shredded cheddar cheese and mustard. Furthermore, there are offerings from popular local brands to add diversity to the menu. Beer and wine are available for purchase throughout the stadium, with the exception of the concourse area immediately adjacent to the student seating sections. Stands inside the stadium open 90 minutes before kickoff.

First Aid: First-aid stations are located on the concourse at Sections 111 and 119.

Gameday Emergencies: Ticket holders should give caregivers or family members the section, row and seat number of their tickets. In case of an emergency, caregivers should contact the Purdue Police at 765.494.8221. Officers will go to your seat and inform you of the emergency. Paging over the public-address system is not allowed.

Gates Open: Gates open 90 minutes prior to kickoff.

Groups: Group tickets are available for all home games, subject to availability. To qualify for discounted ticket prices, a minimum of 20 tickets must be purchased. For more information, call 765.494.3325 or e-mail

Lost and Found: Report or claim articles on the concourse behind Section 115. Articles not claimed during or immediately after the game are turned over to the Athletics Ticket Office (765.494.3194). Items will be kept in the ticket office for approximately 14 days after each game.

No Re-Entry: In conjunction with expanded beer and wine sales, Purdue Athletics has implemented a no re-entry policy for Ross-Ade in 2017. There are no pass-outs, and fans who choose to exit the stadium will not be allowed to re-enter.

Non-Permissible Items: Items that are not permitted in the stadium include backpacks; binocular cases; camera bags; diaper bags; drawstring bags; fanny packs; oversized totes; purses; seat backs that are not provided by the stadium; seat cushions; tinted, pattered or mesh bags; alcoholic beverages; cans; coolers; cups; drinks; glass bottles; food; strollers; umbrellas; noisemakers and irritants; shakers and strobe lights; banners; flags; large signs; objects that interfere with the comfort of fans; objects that block the view of fans; pets; and weapons.

Pregame Activities

Boilermaker Crossing: Fans, especially families, looking for fun before games will want to check out the popular Boilermaker Crossing. Meet-the-team events, inflatable games and interactive opportunities highlight the list of activities. Boilermaker Crossing is free and open to fans of all ages. Located in the Sally & Bob Weist Plaza between Mackey Arena and Holloway Gymnasium, Boilermaker Crossing opens three hours before kickoff.

Team Arrival: Welcome the Boilermakers to Ross-Ade Stadium at the corner of Joe Tiller Drive and John R. Wooden Drive two hours and 15 minutes before kickoff and cheer them on into their locker room.

Band Pregame Show: Ninety minutes before kickoff, the Purdue "All-American" Marching Band will perform a pregame concert on Slayter Hill.

Private Use: The Ross-Ade Pavilion and optional catering services are available for private functions and meetings. For rates and information, call 765.496.2534.

Programs: Game programs are $5 each and are sold inside the stadium through the end of the first quarter.

Restrooms: Restrooms are located under the stadium grandstands. Additional facilities on the north and south ends are available outside the stadium prior to kickoff.

South End Zone Patio: Football season-ticket holders and Purdue students who are members of the Ross-Ade Brigade may visit this area with their access card and purchase tailgate food and beverages. The patio opens 90 minutes before kickoff and closes at the end of the game. Fans can enter via Gate A and Gate N from outside the stadium or from the bottom of sections 101 and 129 from inside the stadium.

Souvenirs: Purdue merchandise is available from the Purdue Team Store, located at the northeast corner of the stadium, or from stands located throughout the concourse. A portion of each purchase goes to benefit Purdue Athletics. Shop anytime online at

Tickets: To pick up will-call tickets or to purchase tickets, go to the Athletics Ticket Office located in Mackey Arena. On gameday, the ticket office opens three hours before kickoff or 9 a.m., whichever is later, and remains open until the start of the third quarter. Purdue player guest will call is at Gate J of Ross-Ade Stadium, and the visiting team pass gate is located at the northwest corner of the stadium between Gates G and H. Photo identification is required for pickup of will-call tickets. Please visit and click on TICKETS for more information regarding Purdue football tickets.

You: You, our guests, are the focus of everything we do. The Purdue Athletics staff is here to make your Ross-Ade Stadium experience a special and memorable one. Enjoy the game, have a great day - and BOILER UP!


Sept. 6, 1922 - At a welcome reception and dinner for president Edward Elliott, alumni David Ross and George Ade announced that they had purchased a 65-acre dairy farm on the outskirts of West Lafayette to be used as a site for a football stadium and other intercollegiate athletics facilities. Ross chose the site because a valley at the southern end of the property afforded easy completion as a stadium.

June 2, 1924 - Construction begins under the direction of A.E. Kemmer, class of 1902, as general contractor. George Spitzer, class of 1889 and a Purdue professor, and his wife, Belle, donate three city lots at the south end of the 65-acre tract to serve as an entry to the stadium. The lots are now the site of Cary Quadrangle, and the courtyard within the Quad, Spitzer Court, honors the gift.

Nov. 22, 1924 - Purdue dedicates Ross-Ade Stadium, which debuts with 13,500 seating capacity and standing room for an additional 5,000 in the north end of the stadium. The Boilermakers win the Homecoming matchup over Indiana 26-7.

1930 ­- Concrete is poured in the north end of the stadium, where the earth had been terraced for standing room since 1924. The playing field is moved 15 yards farther north. The new capacity is 23,074, although temporary seating and standing room are available at the upper edge of the seating bowl. A new press box is constructed on the east side of the stadium. The original press box had been on the west side.

1949 - From the time of the completion of the north end in 1930 to the late 1940s, temporary stands had been installed around the top of the original bowl. Those bleachers are removed and permanent steel grandstands are built on the west side of the stadium. The new capacity is 51,295.

1950 - A new press box is added on the west side of the stadium.

1955 - Permanent steel stands are erected on the east side, replacing temporary stands. The new capacity is 55,500.

1957 - The cinder track that was part of the 1924 construction is removed, and a fence is erected between the playing field and seating area.

1964 - The playing field is lowered by seven feet and 13 rows of seats are added. The new seating capacity is 60,000. Sloping, semicircular sidewalks are built to connect the locker rooms to the playing field, and a walkway is provided at the base of the seating area.

1969 - The last of the temporary bleachers at the top of the original seating area in the north end are replaced with permanent seating, bringing capacity to 68,000. A new scoreboard is built south of the playing field. An additional level is added to the press box.

1970 - Larger bleachers south of the playing field are installed, adding 1,200 seats. The inclusion of handicapped-accessible seating and other changes reduce capacity to 67,332.

1975 - Prescription Athletic Turf is developed by Purdue staffers William H. Daniel and Melvin Robey and installed at a cost of approximately $125,000. The PAT system features a network of pipes connected to pumps capable of keeping the field playable, even during a storm dumping one inch of rain per hour.

Nov. 22, 1980 - The largest crowd in Ross-Ade history, 71,629, views the game against Indiana.

1985 - The home team locker room beneath the east stands is renovated, and a visiting team locker room is built in the southwest corner of the stadium.

1990 - A $1 million electronic scoreboard and message center are built at the south end of the stadium. An auxiliary board is installed at the north end.

1994 - The fence around the playing field is removed, and the adjoining walkways are replaced with sod.

1997 - The south scoreboard message center is replaced with a $3 million Sony JumboTron to provide live video coverage and instant replays.

2001 - Work begins on the $70 million first phase of a massive renovation of the home of the Boilermakers. Capacity for the 2002 season is 66,295.

2003 - Renovation is completed - Ross-Ade is remade - and capacity is 62,500.

2006 - The field is resodded, with a deep-rooting and cold-tolerant strain of Bermuda grass. Ross-Ade becomes the first Big Ten Conference stadium with a Bermuda surface.

2007 - A 31-foot by 68-foot Daktronics video board, priced at $1.7 million, is installed at the south end of Ross-Ade, which will significantly improve replay and other entertainment possibilities.

2014 - The south end zone bleachers - accounting for 6,100 seats - are removed, and a temporary patio area is created while plans for a forthcoming major renovation to the space are considered. Capacity is 57,236.

2016 - The last remaining original concrete in the seating bowl - sections 101, 102 and 103 in the southeast corner and sections 127, 128 and 129 in the southwest corner - is replaced at a cost of $2.8 million.

2017 - Permanent lighting is installed at a cost of $5.6 million. Additionally, updates are made to the drainage and irrigation systems on the perimeter of the field and sod laid to match the playing surface.

Ross-Ade Stadium


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