Boiler Bridge Walk, Pep Rally Set for Friday

PURDUESPORTSDOTCOM Every Friday before home games, members of the Purdue football team meet and greet their fellow citizens of Lafayette and West Lafayette as they walk across the John T. Myers Pedestrian Bridge.
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Every Friday before home games, members of the Purdue football team meet and greet their fellow citizens of Lafayette and West Lafayette as they walk across the John T. Myers Pedestrian Bridge.
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Aug. 29, 2012

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Boilermaker fans are encouraged to fly a Purdue flag through Saturday's 2012 season-opening football game against Eastern Kentucky and then on the Friday and Saturday of every home-game weekend.

As part of Purdue SpiritMakers, fans are encouraged to decorate homes or businesses to show their university spirit.

"What better way to display support than with Purdue flags flying all over campus, all over the community, at all Boilermaker farms, all over the state, and for that matter, the nation and the world," athletics director Morgan Burke said. "Boilermaker Flag Revelry will annually remind us of how our great community and our great university embrace 40,000 young people to help them as they grow and learn so they can impact and lead our future. It also will signal the return of a great American tradition - college football, which allows 60,000-plus fans to come together as family to enjoy a daylong experience focused on family and some fun."

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The first Boiler Bridge Walk of the 2012 Purdue football season is set for Friday. It will be followed by the inaugural pep rally.

Every Friday before home games, members of the Purdue football team meet and greet their fellow citizens of Lafayette and West Lafayette as they walk across the John T. Myers Pedestrian Bridge.

Fans of all ages are invited to join Purdue Pete, the spirit squad, Boilermaker Special and community leaders. The 2011 Little Caesars Pizza Bowl championship trophy will be on site for photo opportunities.

The team is dropped off near the Sonya L. Margerum Fountain on the West Lafayette side of the bridge and walk across to Riehle Plaza. Team members hand out giveaway items each week.

This week's sponsors are Bruno's, which supplied the team picture cards that the players will give out, and Kathy's Kandies, which will be serving up black and gold popcorn.

The Boiler Bridge Walk gets under way when the team arrives around 5:40 p.m., but fans should arrive early to get a good spot on the Myers Bridge.

The pep rally will start at 7 p.m. at the Class of 1980 courtyard between the Purdue Memorial Union and Stewart Center and run approximately 45 minutes. Purdue Pete, the spirit squad and pep band will be on hard, as well as the Goldusters. Two Purdue players will address the crowd.

Pappy's Sweet Shop will give Purdue students free grilled chicken sandwiches, chips and a beverage (while supplies last), and the first 150 students who show their VIP card or game ticket for Saturday's football game against Eastern Kentucky will receive a t-shirt and Pappy's ice cream.