Boilermakers Overview

Fast facts

League: NCAA Football

Head Coach: Ryan Walters

Team Mascot: Purdue Pete, Boilermaker Special

Year Opened: 1924

Capacity: 57236

City / State: West Lafayette / Indiana

Rivalries & Top Games to Attend

Old Oaken Bucket

Rival Team: Indiana Hoosiers

The Purdue-Indiana rivalry is one of the biggest rivalries in the Big 10. Although the may be most intense in basketball, you’ll still find a good matchup on the gridiron. When these two Indiana-based teams face, fans know that there’s nothing else left to do but also put their game face on. Each game always gives that “now or never” feeling, and it’s something a real fan can never miss!!

Purdue Cannon

Rival Team: Illinois Fighting Illini

The winner of the annual Purdue-Illinois matchup takes home the Purdue Cannon. The two Big Ten West schools have an intense rivalry on the gridiron, so don’t miss it when the Illini come to West Lafayette.

Boilermakers Tailgate Guide


Every time you walk in or around the Ross-Ade Stadium, it is no doubt that you will always get that unmistakable vibe of that only the Purdue Boilermakers can make you feel. The surroundings and the fans you meet during a Purdue game day are all part of the elements that make the Ross-Ade Stadium a great place to be.

If you’re a first-time tailgater in this stadium, it’s important to know the activities and traditions that the Purdue fans celebrate to pump themselves up even more. One of the activities to take note is the Boilermaker street fest. This is where fans can go and play with their friends and families with other fans through fun and games and also have the chance to meet the team which is one of the activities that fans never want to miss as this activity is vital to being a real fan. Another significant event or tradition that fans look out for is the Boiler Bridge Walk. This where the fans cheer their hearts out as they watch the Boilermakers team walk from the Purdue Memorial Union to the stadium. From an outsider’s point of view, one cannot deny that this is one of the best ways passion and dedication are displayed.

You can never really go wrong when partying with such a dedicated crowd!


"Breakfast Club"

Join the student body at the bars as they start filling in at the crack of dawn. Costumes and school attire are most welcome. On game day the bars can have a Halloween vibe, one of the best times of the year every Saturday during football season

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211 Session

This pep rally goes down before kickoff in Mackey Arena which is home to the Boilermaker basketball team. The football team passes through the event before games to get a sense of energy from the pep rally. You’ll love 211 Session as it puts you in the game day mood.

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Chauncey Hill

Located just over a mile from Ross-Ade Stadium, Chauncey Hill is the perfect spot to get the college atmosphere that fans are looking for. Loaded with plenty of bars and restaurants, Chauncey Hill is the perfect place to grab some drinks or a bite to eat before the game.

Where to tailgate

Boilermakers Stadium Guide

In Game

There isn’t a bad seat in the house at Ross-Ade Stadium ensuring you’ll have a great time attending a Boilermakers football game. Recent renovations have also greatly improved the amenities offered at Ross-Ade Stadium giving you no excuse not to make the trip to West Lafayette.

If you’re looking to get something to drink during the game, then stop by The Beer Garden Pavilion. Located near the south end zone is a patio set up to be a party atmosphere for anyone attending the game. A tent filled with good eats and modern concessions is anchored in the middle of the patio. Here you’ll be able to take in all of the action while also enjoying some food and beverages perfect for who want to eat and drink while enjoying the game.

The student section at Purdue packs quite the punch for a school whose football team leaves a bit to be desired at times. The student section is large and located in the northeast corner of the stadium although you can hear their cheers all throughout the stadium. Students make their presence known throughout the game as they are always shouting during opponent’s third downs and sing the fight song after Purdue scores. The fans at Purdue, particularly the students, provide a great atmosphere that will leave you wanting to come back for more.

Things to check out

Limestone Brick Tunnel

In 2004, Purdue added a tunnel to their stadium in memory of the football players, coaches, alumni, and fans who died in the tragic Purdue Wreck of 1903. You can pay your respects here for the fallen.

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The Field

The only field in the Big Ten to install bermudagrass, check out the field up close and take some clippings home to transplant on your lawn! An irrigation system keeps the field in perfect condition and virtually divot free. Bounce around and step foot on the field that so many legends have before you.

The New Scoreboard

A state of the art scoreboard and sound system have been installed to give every fan a great view of the action, no matter what side of the field. It’s perfect for replays on close calls, big plays you missed, or great plays you want to see again. The music pumping out the sound system rallies the entire school.

Beer Garden Pavilion

The Patio is your first chance to purchase alcohol while attending the game. Fill up on modern concessions and chow down at one of the plethoras of tables. It’s right next to the action so you won’t have to miss the game.

Big Bass Drum

Held together by its original frame, the bass drum is 10 feet tall and used to rally the crowd. Make sure to get a picture or video of the Big Bass Drum during your trip to get the full Purdue game day experience.

Key Jingle

Before every kickoff, students take out their keys and begin to jingle them above their heads. Those who do not have keys must take their shoes and jingle them as if they were keys.

Fight Songs

  1. Hail Purdue

    The original fight song of Purdue, “Hail Purdue” is sung masterfully by the crowd. It’s commonplace to pump your fist in the air and cheer, “Boiler up” at the end of the song.

    First Verse:
    To Your Call Once More We Rally; Alma Mater Hear Our Praise.
    Where The Wabash Spreads Its Valley;
    Filled With Joy Our Voices Raise. From The Skies In Swelling Echoes Come The Cheers That Tell The Tale Of Your Vict’ries And Your Heros, Hail Purdue! We Sing All Hail!  

    Hail, Hail To Old Purdue!
    All Hail To Our Old Gold And Black!
    Hail, Hail To Old Purdue!
    Our Friendship May She Never Lack.
    Ever Grateful, Ever True,
    Thus We Raise Our Song Anew; Of The Days We’ve Spent With You, All Hail Our Own Purdue!  

    Second Verse:
    When In After Years We’re Turning,
    Alma Mater, Back To You.
    May Our Hearts With Love Be Yearning
    For The Scenes Of Old Purdue.
    Back Among Your Pathways Winding  Let Us Seek What Lies Before; Fondest Hopes And Aims E’er Finding,
    While We Sing Of Days Of Yore.  

    Third Verse:
    Sung only by the band at special events
    In the Band we March and Swagger
    As we Play for Old Purdue
    At the Halftime we do Shows
    No other Band on Earth Could do  When we Cheer the Earth Will Tremble
    For We’re Known Throughout the Land
    As the Best in Marching Music, We’re the Boilermaker Band.

  2. Purdue Hymn

    Considered Purdue’s anthem, this song has a long tradition at home games. Fans know all the words and sing it perfectly.

    Close by the Wabash
    In famed Hoosier land
    Stands old Purdue Serene and Grand Cherished in Memory
    By all her sons and daughters true Fair Alma Mater
    All Hail Purdue Fairest in all the land
    Our own Purdue Fairest in all the land
    Our own Purdue

Boilermakers Bars & Restaurants

  1. Where Else Bar

    Where Else Bar

    Excellent food, service, atmosphere, and company.

    135 S Chauncey Ave, West Lafayette, IN 47906, USA


    Bar website

    american - $$

  2. The Pint

    The Pint

    With 17 revolving taps, THE PINT is West Lafayette's dedicated craft brew bar.

    111 S River Rd a, West Lafayette, IN 47906, USA


    Bar website

    american - $$

  3. Neon Cactus

    Neon Cactus

    DJs spin dance tunes at this expansive night spot with a piano bar, pool tables & darts.

    360 Brown St, West Lafayette, IN 47906, USA


    Bar website

    american - $

  4. O’Bryan’s Nine Irish Brothers

    OBryans Nine Irish Brothers

    Classic Irish pub with a sizable whiskey list offers hearty meals, bar bites & rollicking music.

    119 Howard Ave, West Lafayette, IN 47906, USA


    Bar website

    european - $$

  5. Harry’s Chocolate Shop

    Harrys Chocolate Shop

    Boisterous, campus-adjacent pub serving American bar fare in a vintage setting since 1919.

    329 W State St, West Lafayette, IN 47906, USA


    Bar website

    american - $$

  6. Brothers Bar & Grill

    Brothers Bar Grill

    Outpost of a Midwestern sports-bar chain serving casual American eats in a party atmosphere.

    306 W State St, West Lafayette, IN 47906, USA


    Bar website

    american - $$

  7. Mad Mushroom Pizza

    Mad Mushroom Pizza

    Makes their dough in store daily and all of their vegetables are hand cut so they are always fresh.

    320 W State St, West Lafayette, IN 47906, USA


    Bar website

    pizza - $$

  8. Bruno’s


    American, Italian & some German dishes, plus a full bar, in a Swiss chalet-type setting.

    212 Brown St, West Lafayette, IN 47906, USA

    Bar website

    american - european - italian - $$

  9. Triple XXX


    Old-school institution for burgers, root beer & other soda-fountain treats, plus breakfast all day.

    2 N Salisbury St, West Lafayette, IN 47906, USA


    Bar website

    american - $$

  10. D&R BBQ

    DR BBQ

    D&R BBQ is your solution to having the great products that D&R Market has to offer without the time to cook.

    135 N Creasy Ln, Lafayette, IN 47905, USA


    Bar website

    bbq - $$

  11. Blue Nile Restaurant

    Blue Nile Restaurant

    Outstanding middle eastern cuisine in Purdue.

    117 Northwestern Ave #2, West Lafayette, IN 47906, USA


    Bar website

    asian - $