Following is information designed to make your 2011 Purdue football experience an enjoyable and pleasant one:
Single-game tickets are mailed out at least two weeks before each game.
To ensure safe and timely arrivals to games, police say leaving early and heeding posted signs and officers' directions will make for smooth travels. Parking lots will open as follows:
* RV lots will open Friday at 6 p.m. ET
* All lots except D & T will open Saturday eight hours prior to kickoff, but no earlier than 7 a.m. ET
* Lots D & T will open Saturday eight hours prior to kickoff, but no earlier than 8 a.m. ET
For complete parking and construction information, as well as directions, click here.
The Athletic Ticket Office, located along Northwestern Avenue in the new Mackey Arena Complex, opens three hours before kickoff and will remain open through halftime. The John Purdue Club offices have moved to the upper level of the new Mackey Arena Complex. On football game days, the JPC will operate a ticket window at the Athletic Ticket Office beginning three hours prior to kickoff. A JPC representative will be available to assist members with any questions or JPC will-call needs.
Fans making their way to campus on game day will want to tune in to live pregame coverage on radio, starting three hours before kickoff. The two-hour "Countdown to Kickoff" show - hosted by Kyle Charters - sets the stage and can be heard on WAZY (96.5 FM) in the Lafayette-West Lafayette area, followed by the pregame show - hosted by Rob Blackman - on the Purdue Sports Network. Blackman is joined for the game broadcast by Tim Newton, Pete Quinn and Kelly Kitchel. Game broadcasts also can be heard on Sirius XM Radio and are available via Internet subscription by clicking here.
Fans, especially families, looking for fun before home games will want to check out the popular Boilermaker StreetFest. Meet-the-team events, inflatable games and interactive opportunities highlight the list of activities. Boilermaker StreetFest, which starts three hours before kickoff and is located adjacent to the northeast corner of Ross-Ade, is free and open to fans of all ages.
Concession stands outside Ross-Ade open three hours prior to game time. Inside stands open one a half hours before kickoff. For more information on concessions, which are handled by Learfield Levy Foodservice, click here.
There are two water fountains (one adult and one child) located at each of the following sections in Ross-Ade: 103, 108, 112, 118, 121 and 128.
The football team will depart the Purdue Memorial Union approximately two hours and 15 minutes prior to kickoff, bus around campus via State Street, McCormick Road, Cherry Lane and John R. Wooden Drive before being dropped off on the north side of Ross-Ade near Local Mountain Coffee. The Boilermakers then will walk to their locker room in the Intercollegiate Athletic Facility. Fans are encouraged to line the sidewalks along John R. Wooden Drive to greet the team upon its arrival.
Meanwhile, along Tower Drive to the west of Ross-Ade, fans can sing along with the "All-American" Marching Band at the "Thrill on the Hill" pep session beginning two hours before kickoff. The event, at Slayter Center of Performing Arts, will feature upbeat music and favorites by the band and last approximately 30 minutes. Then the band begins its voyage to the stadium, marching up the west side of the stadium, stopping to perform a brief concert on the north plaza and marching down the east side before entering at the southeast corner. As you see and hear the "All-American" Marching Band go by, that is your signal to pack up those tailgates and head into Ross-Ade.
All gates to Ross-Ade will open 90 minutes before kickoff. Fans entering the stadium can expect to have their bags searched at the gates. Some items are not allowed in Ross-Ade, including (but not limited to): umbrellas; pets; noisemakers or irritants; seat backs not provided by the stadium; alcoholic beverages, coolers, cans, bottles or food; flags, banners, large signs or any item that may block the view of others; and objects that interfere with the comfort of other fans. Also, Ross-Ade is a smoke- and tobacco-free environment. Tobacco use, in any form, is not allowed inside the stadium.
The first "Danny Hope Show" on radio - hosted by Newton - is Monday, Aug. 29, at 6 p.m. at Fuzzy's Taco Shop in West Lafayette. Broadcasts continue through Nov. 21 (with the exception of Sept. 19) and can be heard on the Purdue Sports Network and on the World Wide Web for free by clicking here. The number to call is 888-246-2678.
Local business will want to be sure to enter the Purdue Storefront Spirit Contest, co-sponsored by the Lafayette-West Lafayette Convention and Visitors Bureau and Greater Lafayette Commerce. The business with the most "Likes" will receive 10 tickets to that week's game, plus vouchers for concessions and merchandise, while those who vote for the winning business will be eligible for a ticket and gift package, as well. Click here for more information.
The Lost and Found is located on the concourse of section 115 and behind the south end zone bleachers. Articles not claimed during or immediately after the game are turned over to the Athletic Ticket Office.