Frequently Asked Questions

 
General Membership
Tax Benefits
Priority Points System
Ross-Ade Stadium Premium Seating
Mackey Arena Premium Seating
Gold and Black Illustrated
Ticket Purchase
Parking

  General Membership

How did the John Purdue Club get started?

In 1958, the Big Ten Conference forever changed college athletics when it announced that member schools could raise money for athletic grants-in-aid. Purdue athletics director Guy "Red" Mackey, Purdue Alumni Association executive director Joe Rudolph and Purdue Alumni Scholarship Foundation director C. H. "Cordy" Hall established the John Purdue Club in that same year. Since then, the John Purdue Club has become the model that dozens of Division I schools' athletics fundraising programs emulate.

Who can join the John Purdue Club?

Anyone interested in the future of Boilermaker Athletics may join the John Purdue Club! Many of our donors attended Purdue, but you don't need to be a Purdue graduate or letterwinner to show your support. Approximately 25 percent of John Purdue Club members are not Purdue alumni. To apply for membership, download the application here Open PDF, give online (specify the John Purdue Club) or contact the John Purdue Club office at 800-213-2239 or 765-494-3248.

Why is the John Purdue Club important?

The Purdue University Department of Intercollegiate Athletics is one of only a handful of NCAA institutions that operates without any state or university funding (22 out of more than 300 in fiscal year 2010-11). The John Purdue Club is integral in maintaining the tradition of Purdue Athletics because 100 percent of gifts given to the JPC go to paying more than $10 million in scholarship costs for 2012-13 school year.

What is the function of the John Purdue Club?

Each year, all 18 Boilermaker sports programs benefit from the generosity of the John Purdue Club. The John Purdue Club is responsible for raising 100 percent of the funds necessary to cover the tuition, room and board, books and academic support costs of Purdue's more than 500 student-athletes.

How are John Purdue Club contributions used?

All of the gifts to the John Purdue Club support scholarships and academic support for Purdue's student-athletes and improvement to our athletic facilities. Donations are NOT used for administrative costs. Administrative costs are paid through a separate budget, based on ticket sales and radio and television revenue.

Does my gift make a difference?

Every gift, no matter the amount, brings us closer to meeting the total scholarship costs for dedicated Boilermaker student-athletes. The impact of your gift reaches beyond the playing field. For Purdue's student-athletes, an education at this prestigious university - made possible only through John Purdue Club contributions - provides the opportunity to prosper beyond athletics.

What are the membership levels for John Purdue Club?

John Purdue Club memberships range from the First Team level to the Champion level and are based on annual giving amounts. Benefits include priority ticket location and parking, a complimentary subscription to Gold and Black Illustrated, invitations to exclusive events and much more. Benefits increase with both the level and duration of support. The six annual giving levels are:
First Team ($200-$499)
Captain ($500-$999)
MVP ($1,000-$2,499)
All-American ($2,500-$$7,499)
Olympian ($7,500-$14,999)
Hall of Fame ($15,000-$20,794)
Champion ($20,795 - The cost of an in-state scholarship for one year)

Click here for a more in-depth listing of benefits associated with each giving level.

What is an endowed scholarship?

Members wishing to leave a permanent mark on Purdue Athletics may fully endow an athletic scholarship. When a member makes a contribution of $400,000 for an endowed athletic scholarship the Athletic Department places the funds in an endowment account and uses a portion of the fund's annual interest to pay for an athletic scholarship for a specific student-athlete. Donors may choose to endow a general athletic scholarship or one for a particular sport, major or attribute.

What other membership options exist besides the six annual levels?

In addition to the First Team, Captain, MVP, All-American, Olympian, and Champion levels of membership, we also offer life memberships:
Life MVP ($25,000)
Life All-American ($60,000)
Life Olympian ($175,000)
Life Hall of Fame ($300,000)
Life Champion (endowed scholarship, $400,000)

The funds generated from lifetime memberships are placed into an endowment account, and the Club draws only on the interest in perpetuity. All memberships, including life memberships, are transferable only to the surviving spouse.

How do I renew my membership?

John Purdue Club memberships now operate according to an annual renewal deadline of April 30 in order to receive benefits for the year. JPC members may still give at any time prior to April 30. For example, if you prefer to give at the end of the calendar year, feel free to give in December for your membership year beginning the following May 1.

If you have not already made your gift, you will receive a physical renewal reminder notice and email in November, January and March with the amount of your contribution from the previous year. Renewals can be made online, over the phone with a credit card by calling 1.800.213.2239 or through the mail by sending payments to the John Purdue Club in the postage-paid envelope enclosed with the renewal form.

You also can elect to have your gift drawn from your checking account or credit card on an annual, biannual, monthly or weekly basis to avoid the hassle of remembering to renew. Just fill out the membership form here and check the box "Until I tell you to stop" for the timing of your payments.

Other options include:

Does the John Purdue Club accept matching gift contributions?

Many companies match gifts to Purdue Athletics. Call the John Purdue Club office, check with your company, or click here to find out if your company has a matching gifts program which will work with athletics gifts.

Can memberships or tickets be willed to a friend or family member?

The John Purdue Club's long-standing policy does not permit tickets or memberships to be transferred from one member to another. Membership, points, and benefits can be transferred only to a surviving spouse.

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  Tax Benefits

Is my contribution tax deductible?

Yes. All gifts to the John Purdue Club are considered gifts to Purdue and are credited at full value in the donor's giving record to the University.

While gifts are tax deductible, the John Purdue Club will calculate the fair-market value of the benefits accompanying each level of giving. Each year, you will receive a description of your benefits and their value. Your tax deduction should be reduced by the value of these benefits.

According to the Internal Revenue Service, a contribution associated with the privilege of purchasing season tickets is deductible as a charitable contribution at 80 percent of the adjusted gift. A gift of $200 or more places you in the John Purdue Club and gives you priority over the general public. Members also may choose to decline the benefits offered.

A special note for Indiana taxpayers: You are eligible for a 50 percent income tax credit for gifts up to $400 on joint returns or $200 on individual returns.

For those who lease premium seating or suites in Ross-Ade Stadium or Mackey Arena, 80 percent of annual payments (less the value received) is also tax deductible. Details on this deduction are sent to premium seat holders. Please see your tax advisor for more information about the tax implications of your donation.

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  Priority Points System

What is the priority points system and how is it used?

An important objective of the point system is to properly take into account loyalty to Purdue Athletics with the amount of dollars given.

The priority point system is primarily used to determine priority in the allocation of new or improved seating, in the assignment of single game tickets, in determining football bowl and basketball tournament ticket disbursement, and for parking allocation. (Parking is also allocated first by membership level and second by priority point ranking.)

Members who maintain their giving level may retain their current seats.

To access your John Purdue Club Priority Points, click here.

Will you describe the priority points system?

The priority point system uses the following criteria to award points:
* Continuous years as a John Purdue Club member (2 points/year)
* Years as a season ticket holder for Football, MBB, WBB, and Volleyball (3 points/year)
* President's Council member (3 points)
* Varsity letterwinner (4 points)
* Purdue Alumni Association member (3 points)

JPC members also accrue points based on:
* Cumulative contributions (1 point/$100)
* Deferred gifts (1 point/$500)
* Premium seat/suite license (1 point/$100)
* Football bowl ticket purchases (2 points/year)
* Recruitment of new members (1 point per $100 donated by new member upon joining)

Priority points are used to determine priority for new or improved seating assignments. There are two different categories of points: lifetime and annual. Lifetime points are non-cumulative and carry over each year; annual points are cumulative and are earned each year.

Does the points system recognize deferred gifts?

Yes. Members who make deferred gifts earn John Purdue Club points immediately, with one point awarded for every $500 dedicated to Purdue Athletics. For example, a member who establishes a $50,000 trust and makes John Purdue Club the beneficiary earns 100 priority points immediately. If the membership transfers to the surviving spouse, the spouse would receive additional points for cumulative contributions (one point per $100, less the number of points already awarded) once John Purdue Club receives the gift. In the above example, when John Purdue Club receives the $50,000 gift, the surviving spouse would receive 400 additional points. For more information and to discuss deferred giving options, please contact the John Purdue Club office at 800-213-2239 or 765-494-3248.

How often are points added to my total?

Annual points are accumulated by making yearly gifts to the John Purdue Club, season ticket purchases, new member recruitment and continuous years as a John Purdue Club member. The ticket office runs new totals at least three times a year. This is typically done before football and basketball tickets are allocated, and once in the winter. Points for annual giving are accumulated whenever a member makes a gift and are updated monthly. Members can call the John Purdue Club at 765-494-3248 at any time for a points update or by registering online to access a real time priority points update.

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  Ross-Ade Stadium Premium Seating

Do I have to be a John Purdue Club member to purchase premium seats?

Anyone purchasing premium seats must be current members of the John Purdue Club or must join in order to be eligible to purchase Ross-Ade premium seats. For more information on membership level requirements and benefits, call at 800-213-2239 or 765-494-3248.

Is it possible to tour to see what the Club areas look like?

Yes. To find out more information or to schedule an appointment, please contact the John Purdue Club office at 800-213-2239 or 765-494-3248 or via email at aborst@purdue.edu.

What is the cost of premium seats in Ross-Ade Stadium?

For current pricing, contact us by calling 800-213-2239 or 765-494-3248 or by sending an email to aborst@purdue.edu.

When will my annual payment for Ross-Ade premium seating be due each year?

You will be billed in late winter, and the payment is due in early spring each year.

Are there tax advantages for purchasing premium seating at Purdue University?

Yes, 80 percent of your charitable contribution, less value received, is tax deductible. Details on this deduction are sent to premium seat holders. Please see your tax advisor for more information about the tax implications of your donation.

How will I access my Ross-Ade premium seats on game day?

You will access your premium seats via elevators from the Pavilion foyer on the stadium's west side.

Is premium seating handicap accessible?

All premium seating is easily accessible for all persons and specific handicap accessible seating is available for each premium seating selection. To find out more information, please contact the John Purdue Club office at 800-213-2239 or 765-494-3248 or via email at aborst@purdue.edu.

Are my season tickets included in the cost of each premium seat license?

Ross-Ade premium seat prices include game tickets, along with one parking pass per four seats and other amenities.

Will I receive a parking pass with my Ross-Ade premium seat license?

All club seat licenses include one complimentary pass for up to four seats purchased. Premium seat holders with more than four seats can request one additional parking pass for every addition four seats purchased. Parking passes are allocated first based on John Purdue Club membership level and second on JPC priority points.

Is food included in the cost of the premium seating?

Complimentary food and beverages are available for all members of the Buchanan Indoor Club, while an expanded food and beverage menu is available for purchase in the Shively Stadium Club. Suite holders have access to a variety of menu items for purchase prior to game day.

How are premium seats in the Buchanan Club and Shively Club allocated?

As soon as you have paid your deposit and signed your premium seat license, you will be able to select your seats based on available inventory.

Where can I find out more information on Ross-Ade premium seating?

You can find out more information on the Premium Seating program by calling the John Purdue Club office at 800-213-2239 or 765-494-3248, via email at aborst@purdue.edu or online.

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Do I have to be a John Purdue Club member to purchase premium seats?

All premium seat holders must be at (or upgrade to) the All-American level members of the John Purdue Club.

Is it possible to tour to see what the Club areas look like?

Yes. To find out more information or to schedule an appointment, please contact the John Purdue Club office at 800-213-2239 or 765-494-3248 or via email at aborst@purdue.edu.

What is the cost of premium seats in Mackey Arena? For current pricing, contact us by calling 800-213-2239 or 765-494-3248 or by sending an email to aborst@purdue.edu.

When will my annual payment for Mackey Premium Seating be due each year?

You will be billed in late spring, and the payment is due in early summer each year.

Are there tax advantages for purchasing premium seating at Purdue University?

Yes, 80 percent of your charitable contribution, less value received, is tax deductible. Details on this deduction are sent to premium seat holders. Please see your tax advisor for more information about the tax implications of your donation.

Are Mackey Arena premium seats handicap accessible?

All premium seating is easily accessible for all persons and specific handicap accessible seating is available for each premium seating selection. To find out more information, please contact the John Purdue Club office at (800) 213-2239 or (765) 494-3248 or via email at aborst@purdue.edu.

Are my season tickets included in the cost of each Mackey Arena premium seat license?

Mackey season tickets are not included in the cost of each premium seat license. All licenses must pay for the price of a season ticket in addition to the seat license fee and is reflected on the premium seat invoice sent to licensees each year.

Will I receive a parking pass with my Mackey Premium Seats?

Mackey premium seat licenses do not include the cost of a parking pass. Premium seat holders must purchase parking passes on their renewal form each year. Parking passes are allocated first based on John Purdue Club membership level and second on JPC priority points.

Is food included in the cost of the Mackey Arena Premium Seating?

No, food is an additional cost to premium seat holders.

Prior to men's basketball games, the Wooden Club will offer a formal three-course dining experience for all Mackey Arena premium seat holders for $30 per person. At halftime, the Wooden Club will be reserved exclusively for courtside seat holders in rows 1-4.

For women's basketball games , the Wooden Club is open to courtside seat holders to order off of the Smashers concession stand menu and will be delivered by a Levy Restaurants staff member.

Complementary popcorn is available in the Wooden Club for both men's and women's basketball games.

The Spurgeon Club also is available to all premium seat holders. Themed chefs tables are available starting at $10 per plate. An all-inclusive price point will also be offered for the Spurgeon Club. Both the Wooden and Spurgeon Clubs spaces open up two hours prior to tipoff. Full cash bars are available in both the Spurgeon and Wooden Clubs until the 16-minute media timeout of the second half.

Where can I find out more information on Mackey premium seating?

You can find out more information on the Premium Seating program by calling the John Purdue Club office at (800) 213-2239 or (765) 494-3248, via email aborst@purdue.edu or online.

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What is Gold & Black Illustrated?

All John Purdue Club members receive a complimentary subscription to Gold & Black Illustrated, a Purdue sports magazine published by Boilers Inc. (a company not affiliated with the Purdue Athletic Department). The magazine has 36 issues per sports season (August to June).

There are six glossy and 30 express issues delivered to members every year. Members receive their complimentary glossy editions of their Gold & Black Illustrated subscription via mail and receive the online express issues by email.

If I don't want to read GBI online, can I still have all GBI issues sent to me in print?

Hard-copy versions of the GBI Express are available at an additional fee of $80, paid directly to Gold & Black Illustrated. They will not have the same look of the Glossy issues, but will be a black and white copy of the express content. To receive GBI Express Issues by mail, please call Gold & Black Illustrated at 1-800-876-4678.

How do I change my John Purdue Club and Gold & Black Illustrated mailing address?

You can contact the John Purdue Club office by phone, by e-mail or in person:

Mackey Arena
900 John R. Wooden Drive
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2078

Email: jpc@purdue.edu
Phone: 800-213-2239 or 765-494-3248

Office Hours: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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  Ticket Purchase

Where is the Athletic Ticket Office?

The Athletic Ticket Office is located in Mackey Arena along Northwestern Avenue.

How do John Purdue Club members purchase tickets to Boilermaker athletic events?

Members should contact the Athletic Ticket Office to purchase tickets. If you would like to order your tickets online, click here and please remember to use your JPC account information. The Ticket Office uses the John Purdue Club computer system, which automatically factors in ticket and parking priorities for the different membership levels. You may reach them by phone at (800)497-7678 or (765)494-3194 or you may purchase your tickets in person. The Ticket Office is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday and at least one hour before the start of home football, basketball and volleyball games.

How do I order season football and basketball tickets?

The most efficient way to order your season tickets is online. Season ticket holders will receive emails letting them know when ticket renewals go on sale, giving them instructions of how to renew or order online.

All season ticket holders will receive season ticket applications for football, men's and women's basketball and volleyball. For priority seating, applications MUST meet the deadline specified on the application. Applications received after the deadline will be assigned the best available seating remaining.

All season ticket holders will receive season ticket applications for football, men's and women's basketball and volleyball. For priority seating, applications MUST meet the deadline specified on the application. Applications received after the deadline will be assigned the best available seating remaining.

How do I maintain my season ticket location from year to year?

On non-reallocation years, the John Purdue Club will not move ticket locations for members who maintain their current levels of giving. If a membership lapses, it will be made inactive and tickets will be moved. Currently Mackey Arena is scheduled to be reallocated every five years (starting 2011) based on JPC priority points.

Does the Club maintain a waiting list for sold-out football and basketball games?

If an event is sold out or there are a limited number of tickets available, members will have the opportunity to put their names on a waiting list. If tickets become available, they will be allocated according to the priority points system.

Because of the limited number of tickets available for selected football and men's basketball games, the John Purdue Club facilitates a ticket sharing program. Members are encouraged to call the JPC office when they cannot attend a game. The office then gives wait-listed John Purdue Club members the opportunity to use the tickets. Tickets are distributed according to priority point totals and participation in the ticket sharing program. Members who turn in their tickets will receive gift-in-kind credit. A receipt will be sent for the tickets, but no value amount will be specified.

Members who turn in their tickets will receive gift-in-kind credit. A receipt will be sent for the tickets, but no value amount will be specified.

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  Parking

What kind of parking is available for John Purdue Club members at football and basketball games?

Only John Purdue Club members receive season priority parking passes for football and basketball games. Parking is prioritized based on membership, not on the priority points system. Members must purchase season tickets in order to be eligible for a season parking pass. Only JPC members purchasing single game tickets can request passes for games which they have purchased tickets for through the Purdue Athletic Ticket Office. If there is availability in parking lots, requests will be allocated based first on JPC level and second on priority point totals.

Please click here to for parking lot maps and more information on football and basketball parking. This is also where you will find parking lot choices for each JPC membership level.

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