March 23, 2011
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The Purdue football team will stage its annual Black & Gold Game on Saturday, April 9. The event is free and will be held in Ross-Ade Stadium.
The game starts at 1 p.m., with the stadium gates opening at noon. Free public parking is available in the lot north of the stadium (R Lot) and the lots north and west of the practice facility (H Lots). The A, F, K and P lots require a parking pass.
Along with the exciting action on the field, other highlights from this year's Black and Gold Game will include:
Alumni Football Player Recognition
Alumni Quarterback Recognition
The unveiling of the redesigned Purdue Pete mascot
Complimentary rosters will be available to fans, as will 2011 posters and schedule cards. Concession stands will be also open.
Saturday's events begin with the Purdue for Cancer Research: The Challenge 5K run/walk at 8:30 a.m. The race begins and ends at Ross-Ade. For the third straight year, head coach Danny Hope is the event's spokesman and is asking Boilermaker fans to "Get Up, Get Fit and Give Back!" by raising funds for cancer research at Purdue. Online registration for the 5K can be done by clicking here, or fans can register by USPS mail or in person.
The John Purdue Club "Spring Football Game Café" will be open from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the A parking lot south of Ross-Ade. The cost is $10 per person (children five and under are free). The menu will include Two Cookin' Sisters' award-winning chili, and on-the-spot grilled bratwurst and pork loin with all the condiments, chips, cookies and drinks. Reservations are recommended by calling 800-213-2239 or 494-3248. JPC members are encouraged to plan ahead for the event. Despite there being a limited number of tickets available at the door for purchase on April 9, last year's event ended up being a sold out affair.
The hugely popular Family Fun Fest runs from 10:30 a.m. to noon in Ross-Ade. Gate A, located at the southeast corner of the stadium, will open at 10:30 a.m. for registration. Family Fun Fest is open to all youth with adult supervision. Youngsters will be able to participate in the following six interactive stations run by the football team:
Catching a pass from the quarterbacks
Kicking a field goal with the kickers
Accuracy throws with the wide receivers
Dummy tackling with the defensive backs and linebackers
Obstacle course with the offensive and defensive linemen
Inflatable bouncy house with the specialists
The Purdue Pride Team Store will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. In addition, a clearance sale tent will be set up outside the Team Store at the northeast corner of Ross-Ade, with select merchandise discounted 25 to 75 percent. A trailer will be open beginning at 10:30 a.m. in the south end zone, as well.
Following the game, all current players will sign autographs on the field, as will some of the former Boilermakers who are back. Details will be announced via the public-address system.
The Athletic Ticket Office will be open from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. During these hours only, fans can purchase south end zone tickets for the 2011 home opener against Middle Tennessee State on Sept. 3 for just $10 apiece.
April 9 will be an exciting day on campus, as the Purdue baseball team will square off in Big Ten action against Michigan at Lambert Field and the women's tennis squad will face conference foe Minnesota at the Schwartz Tennis Center.