Ross-Ade Stadium was the dream of two Purdue Alumni, David Ross (Class of 1893) and George Ade (Class of 1887). Together, they purchased 65 acres on the north end of campus on which to build a new football stadium. After years of fundraising, the stadium opened on the Homecoming game, November 22, 1924, and was aptly named “Ross-Ade” stadium in honor of its primary benefactors. The stadium’s original seating capacity was 13,500 with standing room for an additional 5,000. Six expansions over the years have brought the current capacity to 62,500. The field features the PAT, or Prescription Athletic Turf system. Developed by Purdue staffers in the 1970’s, the PAT system features a network of pipes connected to pumps capable of keeping the field playable, even during a storm dumping one inch of rain per hour. In 2006, the field became the first in the Big Ten to consist of a Bermuda grass surface. Just outside of Ross-Ade Stadium, between the Intercollegiate Athletic Facility and the Mollenkopf Athletic Center, sits “The Boilermaker”. An 18-foot, 5,400 pound bronze statue depicting a 19th century boiler room worker, “The Boilermaker” dons the jersey of a different player on the football team each football game weekend.
ROSS-ADE STADIUM GAME DAY FAQ:
Below is a short list of Ross-Ade Stadium info you may find important to your visit. For complete, up to date information visit the Purdue Fan Guide.
- No alcohol.
- No seat backs, umbrellas, coolers, flags, banners, bottles or food.
- No smoking.
- Gates open 1 1/2 hours before kickoff.