May 12, 1998
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -
Joe Tiller's brand of Purdue football has translated to increases in the early ordering of season tickets for Boilermaker games next fall.
"The fun is back at Ross-Ade Stadium," says Athletic Director Morgan Burke. "Obviously, our fans are responding well to the product on the field. I'm pleased with the early response. We've been running consistently10-15 percent ahead of prior year comparisons and hopefully that trend will continue. We'll know more after the June 1 renewal deadline."
The renewal deadline for previous season ticket holders is June 1 for fans wanting to retain or improve upon their current seat locations. Season ticket sales, along with single-game sales, will continue throughout the summer.
Purdue averaged 51,690 fans (310,141) at home in 1997, an increase of 14.1 percent from 1996 (45,306 avg.). It's the highest season average since 1988 (60,725).
This year's home games are against Rice (Sept. 12), Central Florida (Sept. 19), Minnesota (Oct. 3), Illinois (Oct. 24), Iowa (Oct. 31) and Indiana (Nov. 21). There are various season ticket prices ranging from $60 for students to $96 for faculty/staff to $120 for general public.
A 9-3 record, a bowl victory, exciting defense and explosive offense plus the JumboTron and other atmosphere improvements are giving Purdue fans reason to be optimistic. And that translates to ticket sales.
"The message here is that previous season ticket holders should get their orders in by the June 1 deadline," says Athletic Ticket Manager George Ade, "because we can't guarantee their seating priority beyond that point. We are seeing many of our regular customers increasing their ticket orders as well as many new customers. We expect to have plenty of good seats for all games." Ross-Ade Stadium seats 67,861.
All season ticket orders receive priority over single game orders.