Ross-Ade Lights Installation Underway
April 21, 2017

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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Work has begun to install permanent lighting at Ross-Ade Stadium for the 2017 season.

There will be 15 light poles, 11 that span the east side of the stadium and one in each of the four “corners.” Ribbon-style lighting will connect the 11 east-side poles and will be replicated on the west side, attached to a new 360-foot catwalk atop the Ross-Ade Pavilion.

“This system will result in very even distribution of light down the entire length of the field,” said Steve Simmerman, senior associate athletics director for facilities.

All told, there will be 320 LED sports lighting fixtures, each one individually controllable via a DMX control system, which will allow for full remote adjustment options. There will be 140 diodes per fixture, for an approximate total of 45,000 diodes.

The lights will yield 320,000 total watts of power and more than 36 million lumens of light output.

The project is expected to be completed Aug. 25. The Boilermakers will play their first night game to open their 2017 home schedule Sept. 8 against Ohio.

"It will be a historic date for Boilermaker football: the first home game for our new head coach and under the lights on a Friday night at Ross-Ade Stadium," Purdue athletics director Mike Bobinski said last November. "We look forward to making it a memorable game for our fans, especially our students, who I expect will be out in full force. We will make every effort to showcase everything Purdue has to offer to a primetime national television audience."

On Oct. 14, 2016, Purdue Athletics announced that permanent lights would be installed at Ross-Ade Stadium in time for the 2017 football season at an expected cost of $5.6 million.


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