Purdue University

GAME DAY TRADITIONS

School Colors: Old Gold & Black
Nickname: Boilermakers
Mascots: The Boilermaker Special (official school mascot) & Purdue Pete (costumed mascot)

BOILER BRIDGE WALK

This popular event takes place on Fridays before all seven home games and features the team interacting with fans as they walk across the John T. Myers Pedestrian Bridge. A different youth organization from the community will lead the team from the fountain on the West Lafayette side of the bridge across to Riehle Plaza in downtown Lafayette. Fans of all ages are invited to join Purdue Pete, the c... (more)

THE BREAKFAST CLUB

No, we aren’t referring to the 1980’s Howard Hughes brat-pack movie. But when you see thousands of people, dressed in crazy costumes, lining the streets of West Lafayette in the wee hours of the morning, you will think it's Halloween. In fact, this is what is referred to as “The Breakfast Club”; certainly a unique tradition in all of college football, people of all (legal drinking) ages, i... (more)

PURDUE

Purdue "All-American" Marching Band Traditions Purdue University’s “All-American” Marching Band, or known around campus as the AAMB, is a pioneer of modern college marching bands, as it was the first college band t... (more)

SCHOOL SONGS

  Hail Purdue! Hail Purdue!, the official fight song of the University, was originally titled Purdue War Song. James Morrison, a student at the time, wrote the lyrics around 1915, and they were set to music by Edward Wotawa, also a student at the time. The song was published in 1913 and was dedicated to the Varsity Glee Club. Hail Purdue! ... (more)

BIG BASS DRUM

One of Purdue’s most widely recognized symbols is the “The World’s Largest Bass Drum,” known as the BBD to the AAMB. Introduced in ... (more)

Thrill on the Hill & March to the Stadium The “All-American” Marching Band will perform a 40-minute concert at Slayter Hill beginning two hours prior to each home game. The band will leave Slayter Hill one hour prior to kick-off and begin its voyage to the stadium. The band will march up the west side of the stadium and stop on the north stadium plaza to perform a brief c... (more)

In 1966, during a time of war and unrest, the “I Am an American” speech was introduced as an attempt to stir up patriotism on campus. Inspired by patriotic versus on a menu or placemat at the Downtowner Restaurant in Lafayette, AMMB Director Al G. Wright penned the words to “I Am an American”. Spoken over a... (more)

“Boiler Up” was originally created by the wife of Purdue football coach, Arnette Tiller, in order to boost enthusiasm in Ross-Ade Stadium. In the days of steam-powered locomotives, when the fireman got the fire in the coal box hot enough for the engine to run, he would exclaim "Boiler's up!" When the Boilermakers make a fist down, the entire stadium, in unison, will yell ... (more)

BOILERMAKER SPECIAL, PURDUE PETE & SPIRIT SQUAD

Boilermaker Special During the 1890’s, Purdue University emerged as one of the leaders in railway technology. Purdue did not have a mascot unil 1939, when a student proposed to create a mascot that represented Purdue’s railway engineering heritage. In response, the official mascot, the Boilermaker Special, was created: a Victorian Era train built on an automobile chassis and ... (more)