In West Lafayette, Purdue has unveiled plans for the Ross-Ade South End Zone. The space at the university's football stadium is being turned into a patio after the bleachers were removed last month. It will be available to football season-ticket holders and Purdue students who have purchased the VIP Card and will open one and a half hours before kickoff and close at the end of the game. [Photo/Purdue Athletics: The south end zone bleachers were removed last month]
Anchored by a 3,200-square-foot high-peak tent, the area will feature several pergolas and an array of patio-style furniture, including tables with umbrellas. "Fans will be able to purchase typical tailgate food and beverage, including beer and wine," according to a news release from the university. Six 46-inch televisions will be mounted throughout.
The Boilermaker Special, Purdue's official mascot, will park front and center of the 16,000-square foot area. The space will be gated, with four entrances - two on the east side and two on the west. Space is limited to 1,500 fans at a time.
The South End Zone Patio is a temporary addition to Ross-Ade while athletics department officials continue to plan for a major renovation to the area in the coming years.
Purdue Athletics Department officials say the decision to remove the bleachers, which accounted for about 6,100 seats, was made to avoid necessary maintenance to the bleachers. The lower bleachers, which seat approximately 1,000 fans, remain.
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