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
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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