Aug. 5, 2013
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - With Purdue football training camp under way and Boiler Gold Rush set to begin Saturday, athletics department officials announced today that the "Boilermaker Revelry" program initiated last season will resume this year.
Fans and supporters throughout Greater Lafayette and Tippecanoe County are asked to fly Purdue flags at their homes and businesses to increase Boilermaker spirit.
The goal is to have as many flags flying for home football game weekends, but people are encouraged to get an early start.
"Let's show the incoming freshmen that wherever they go in West Lafayette and Lafayette and across Tippecanoe County that Boilermaker spirit is with them," athletics director Morgan Burke said. "We had a great showing last year and hope to build on the buzz that has been generated with the hiring of Darrell Hazell as our new coach."
A year ago, West Lafayette mayor John Dennis and Lafayette mayor Tony Roswarski were strong constituents of the revelry program, and they have pledged their support again this season.
The football team plays its first home game Saturday, Sept. 7, against Indiana State at Ross-Ade Stadium. The other home dates are Sept. 14 vs. Notre Dame, Sept. 28 vs. Northern Illinois, Oct. 12 vs. Nebraska, Nov. 2 vs. Ohio State, Nov. 9 vs. Iowa and Nov. 23 vs. Illinois.
Boiler Gold Rush is touted as the premiere orientation program in the nation, designed to help all new undergraduate students to Purdue feel safe, comfortable and confident in navigating their educational journey. The week-long program includes a "Boiler Up rally" at Ross-Ade on Aug. 12, from 9 to 11 a.m.