June 5, 1998
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - If the response to the Purdue Athletic Ticket Office is a true indication, Joe Tiller's brand of Boilermaker football is a tremendous success.
Athletic Ticket Manager George Ade reports that as of June 5, with nearly all of the season renewals entered into the computer, orders are running 17.5 percent ahead of last year at the same point, with 18,348 tickets ordered, including a 32.2 percent increase among faculty/staff with 1,744 ordered. A year ago at the same point, a total of 15,612 tickets were ordered, including 1,319 by faculty/staff, enroute to a six-game season average of 51,690. Student ticket sales are just now beginning, along with single-game sales.
"It's probably not a great surprise to anybody who followed our football team last year and witnessed the excitement of a 9-3 season and a bowl victory, but it's great to see that the public is validating that success by responding at the box office," says Purdue athletic director Morgan Burke.
"The June 1 renewal date is a guide post along the way which helps us gauge the response to what we are doing, both on the field and in promotions," adds Burke. "At this point, we are obviously pleased with the early indicators, but we still have lots of good seats available and the bulk of the selling season is still ahead of us."
With 67,332 seats in Ross-Ade Stadium, there are still plenty of seats available for the 1998 season, which includes six home games. The majority of those are good seats because of the addition of the Sony JumboTron in the south end of the stadium. Several of the home games will highlight special activities. The dates are:
September 12 vs. Rice September 19 vs. Central Florida (Band Day, Parents' Day) October 3 vs. Minnesota (P-Awards, Hall of Fame, Project Perfect) October 24 vs. Illinois (Homecoming) October 31 vs. Iowa November 21 vs. Indiana (Old Oaken Bucket)
Purdue's season ticket price of $120.00 each is a bargain in the Big Ten where season packages range from $110.00 for a five-game package at one school to $210.00 for a six-game package at another. Season ticket purchasers receive seating priority over single-game customers. There are also Pick 3 Mini-Packages available at Purdue, involving selection of three games for a total of $66.00 per package.
Single-game ticket prices are $24.00 each at Purdue, also a great deal in the Big Ten, where the range is $23.00 to $35.00. Even lower rates are available for groups of 25 or more.
In addition, the Purdue Athletic Ticket Office is accepting orders to five of the six Boilermaker road games, including the Pigskin Classic at Southern Cal to kick off the season on August 30, but excluding the Notre Dame game.
For more information or to place an order, Boiler fans should contact the Ticket Office at 765-494-3194 or 1-800-49-SPORT. - P -