Tracking the Boilermakers

PURDUESPORTSDOTCOM Darrell Hazell and the 2013 football team make their Ross-Ade Stadium debut Saturday against Indiana State.
PURDUESPORTSDOTCOM
Darrell Hazell and the 2013 football team make their Ross-Ade Stadium debut Saturday against Indiana State.
PURDUESPORTSDOTCOM

Sep 6, 2013

By Tom Schott
@schottts

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Darrell Hazell and the 2013 football team make their Ross-Ade Stadium debut Saturday against Indiana State. Kickoff is set for noon. The game has been designated as Take a Kid to the Game day. Youth tickets are available for $5 in the Touchdown and North End Zone sections with the purchase of an adult ticket. The Athletic Ticket Office, located along Northwestern Avenue in the Mackey Arena Complex, is open today until 5 p.m. and tomorrow from 9 a.m. through halftime.

A reminder that fans, especially families, looking for fun before all home games will want to check out the Boilermaker Crossing, located on the Sally and Bob Weist Plaza between Mackey Arena and Holloway Gymnasium, beginning at 9 a.m. Highlights tomorrow include appearances by the women's basketball and soccer teams, live music by Shiny Penny, and a special appearance by Paul George and George Hill of the Indiana Pacers and the Pacers Fan Van. The inaugural 211° Session gets under way in Mackey Arena at 9:49 a.m. The first 1,500 fans receive a T-shirt. Why 211°? It's right before the boiling point of 212°, a metaphor for the game itself.

You can find all the pertinent gameday information - from traffic and parking to pregame activities - by clicking here. Be ready for some new twists, designed to enhance the fan experience, including the "All-American" Marching Band moving to sections 110 and 111 with their fellow students, enhanced Purdue team "run-on," an on-field DJ and announcer, improved video board features (with unlimited number of replays) and more.

BTN

BTN is airing four games at noon tomorrow, including Purdue-Indiana State. In the states of Indiana and Kentucky, the Boilermakers will be on the primary BTN channel on all providers. For Purdue fans who live outside Indiana and Kentucky, the game will air on a BTN Extra Football Game Channel on one of the national providers, including DIRECTV, DISH, Verizon FiOS and AT&T U-verse. If you have one of these providers, you should click here to find the game. If you do not have one of these providers, you can access the game on BTN2Go, BTN's free, mobile service for the internet, smartphones and tablets. For information on how to download BTN2Go, click here.

Soccer Home for a Pair

The soccer team (2-2) plays host to Dartmouth tonight at 7 and Seattle on Sunday at noon at the Boilermaker Soccer Complex. For tonight's match, fans can purchase two adult tickets and two youth tickets for $12, while admission to Sunday's match is just $1 with a ticket stub from the Purdue-Indiana State football game. Freshman forward Maddy Williams continues to pace Purdue with 11 points (4 goals and 3 assists).

Volleyball South Bend-Bound

The 22nd-ranked volleyball team (1-2) travels to South Bend for the Golden Dome Invitational. The Boilermakers will face Dabrowa, a professional team from Poland, in an exhibition match today at 4:30 p.m., followed by host Notre Dame on Saturday at 6 p.m. and Bowling Green on Sunday at 11:30 a.m. Redshirt freshman middle blocker Faye Adelaja earned all-tournament team honors at the Mortar Board Premier last weekend after hitting at a team-best .351 clip and averaging 1.50 kills and 0.92 blocks per set.

Cross Country Update

At the cross country season-opening Michigan Open last Friday, redshirt junior Brett Klosterhoff was the top men's finisher, placing second overall, with a time of 15:57.81. It was the first career 5K for Klosterhoff, who missed the entire 2012 season with an injury. On the women's side, redshirt junior Blair Doney was the top finisher for the Boilermakers at fourth overall with a time of 18:27.24 in the 5k. Both teams return to action Sept. 13 when they host the Big Ten Preview at 6 p.m.

Gold & Black Game

In an attempt to create a visual "experience" for a national television audience for the Purdue-Notre Dame football game at Ross-Ade on Sept. 14, Purdue officials are encouraging fans to wear either gold or black in designated sections, depending on where their seats are located. Ticket holders in sections 101 through 105 and 116 through 124 are asked to wear gold, while the Purdue student sections - 106 through 115 - and sections 125 through 134 should wear black. Specially designed t-shirts promoting this year's "One Brick Higher" theme are available in gold and black at the Purdue Team Store at Ross-Ade. Proceeds from the sale of the shirts go to the 12th Boiler Scholarship Fund in the John Purdue Club to help endow a Purdue football scholarship.

Etcetera

The first Boilermaker Bridge Walk of the season is tonight at 5:40. The players and coaches will hand out team picture cards, sponsored by Bruno's. Cold Stone Creamery will offer ice cream, while the Lafayette/West Lafayette NAACP branch will provide water ... The 2013-14 swimming and diving schedules were announced earlier this week ... The softball team, under new head coach Kim Schuette, will play an 11-game fall exhibition schedule beginning Sept. 15, when it plays host to Lakeland and Purdue-Calumet at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. at the Boilermaker Softball Complex ... Darrell Hazell filmed a 30-second video message with USA Football to advance player safety through its Heads Up Football program for a better, safer game. The spot will appear throughout the 2013 season on BTN and the Ross-Ade video board. Heads Up Football, created by USA Football with medical experts and football leaders on multiple levels, encompasses coach certification, safer tackling techniques, Center for Disease Control and Prevention concussion recognition and response protocols, and proper equipment fitting ... Ellie Saxton has been hired as director of fan experience ... Quarterbacks Drew Brees (New Orleans Saints), Kyle Orton (Dallas Cowboys) and Curtis Painter (New York Giants) are among 17 former Purdue football players currently on NFL rosters ... Three former baseball players are members of minor league teams that advanced to the playoffs this season: Dan Black of the Birmingham Barons (Chicago White Sox Double-A Southern League affiliate), Lance Breedlove of the West Virginia Power (Pittsburgh Pirates Single-A South Atlantic League affiliate) and Kevin Plawecki of the Binghamton Mets (New York Mets Double-A Eastern League affiliate). Twelve Boilermaker baseball alumni were active at the minor league level this season ... Former women's basketball standout Drey Mingo has signed a professional contract to extend her playing career with Point Chaud Sprimont of the Division 1 Belgium league.