April 1, 2013
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The Purdue football team will hold its annual spring game on Saturday, April 13. The Ross-Ade Stadium gates will open at noon, with kickoff set for 1 p.m., but there are a host of other events that will happen before the game. There is no admission charge for the game.
The Challenge 5K Run/Walk
The Challenge, the Purdue University Center for Cancer Research 5K run/walk, will begin at 8:30 a.m. at Ross-Ade. People interested in participating may still do so by registering online. There also is on-site registration April 12 from 4 to 7 p.m. and April 13 from 7 to 8:15 a.m. All proceeds go to help cure cancer. Head coach Darrell Hazell, whose father died from prostate cancer, is serving as spokesman for the event and will bang the "All-American" Marching Band's Big Bass Drum to send off the participants.
Parking, Concessions and Restrooms
Free parking will be available on a first-come, first-served basis in the A Lot (west half only), F Lot, G Lot, H Lot (upper and lower), R Lot and Z Lot. Three concession stands will be open: C-3 (Section 123), C-5a (Section 119) and C-20 (Section 103). Signage will direct fans to available restroom facilities - located near sections 108, 112-113, 117-118, 121-122 and Gate A.
Season Ticket Sales and Indiana State
The Athletic Ticket Office will be open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. for fans who want to renew or purchase season tickets. In addition, during these hours only, fans can purchase north end zone tickets for the 2013 home opener against Indiana State on Sept. 7 for just $15 apiece. This special also will be available online. Fans who purchase tickets for the Indiana State game during this time will receive a one-time use password via email that grants them access to purchase tickets for other home games prior to the general public in July.
JPC Spring Football Café
The Ross-Ade Café will be open to John Purdue Club members from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Shively Club of Ross-Ade Pavilion. For just $10 (payment due when you sign up), fans can choose a hamburger/cheeseburger or Italian sausage with onions and peppers to go with homemade coleslaw and kettle chips. Drinks will be available for purchase separately. In addition, you will receive a complimentary ticket to watch the spring game from the Shively Club seats. Please RSVP to the John Purdue Club at 800-213-2239 or 494-3248 or via email. Space is limited and pre-registration is required.
Family Fun Fest
The hugely popular Family Fun Fest runs from 11 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 in eighth grade and under with adult supervision. In the event of inclement weather, Family Fun Fest will move inside the Mollenkopf Athletic Center. Youngsters will be able to participate in the following six interactive stations run by current members of 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
Ross-Ade Brigade Tailgate/Pregame Concert
The Ross-Ade Brigade, the football student support group, will hold a tailgate from 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 a.m. in Lot A south of Ross-Ade. At the same time and place, Levi Riggs will perform a pregame concert.
The Game Itself
The game will consist of four quarters, with the possibility of a running clock in the second half based on the number of plays run. The game will be played rain or shine, although lightning would result in a delay or postponement. If the game cannot be played in Ross-Ade, it will not be moved inside. The two teams will be selected - draft style - April 10. Team rosters will be available at the concession stands.
There will be an autograph session on the field following the game for 15 minutes. Should lightning cancel the game, the team will sign autographs inside the Mollenkopf Athletic Center.