Purdue Boilermakers football team has been using the Ross- Ade Stadium as their home facility since the venue opened its doors in 1924. It’s only one of three stadiums in the Big Ten lacking permanent lights despite its numerous expansions and renovations.
The venue had undergone many modifications to its seating arrangements and in 2014 south end-zone bleachers were removed to create a patio arena to allow more party like atmosphere. It included concession tent and it meant that regular game attendee was able to purchase alcohol. There are over 57000 seats available.
If indoors is more of your thing then purchasing Purdue Boilermakers tickets for basketball could be a great idea. Purdue plays their games at Mackey Arena, purposely built in 1967 to accommodate basketball needs at the university. There are over 14500 seats available on game nights.
Football at Purdue was introduced in 1887 and basketball’s addition occurred in 1896. The Purdue University is a member of West Division in Big Ten Conference, NCAA Division I (FBS for football).
The university has two mascots, official one, the Boilermaker Special, resembling a Victorian era locomotive and unofficial named Purdue Pete that has been first seen in 1940. Team colours are black and old gold.
The Boilermakers main rivals are Indiana Hoosiers, Illinois Fighting Illinis and Notre Dame Fighting Irish.
Football program has an all- time record of 596-535-48 and 12 conference titles to their name. The Boilermakers took part in 17 Bowl games including their first one in 1966 at Rose Bowl that ended with a first win out four straight ones.
To date Purdue is 9-8 in Bowl games and their last appearance occurred in 2013 where the university was defeated by Oklahoma State at Heart of Dallas Bowl.
Despite the overall average team success there were over 180 Boilermakers drafted by NFL teams including high caliber players such as Drew Brees, a quarterback of the Saints.
Brees, after leaving the school as one of most decorated players in Purdue history was drafted by the Chargers in second round with 32nd pick. His main success came after he signed with the Saints in 2006 where he was NFL passing yards leader six seasons, four times he was NFL passing touchdown leader.
Brees was also named AP NFL Offensive Player of the Year twice as well as being chosen to 9 Pro Bowls. He holds a record of 54 consecutive games with a passing touchdown.
Basketball had a touch more of glory as Purdue were named Premo- Porretta champions in 1932. The school was also NCAA tournament runner up in 1969. To date, the Boilermakers took part in 28 NCAA tournaments including four Elite Eight appearances. Purdue were also conference tournament champions in 2009 and they also have 22 conference regular season titles to show off for their efforts.
Purdue is one of only 14 schools to have more than one number one pick in draft produced. One of the first overall draftees was Glenn Robinson, drafted by Milwaukee Bucks in 1994.
Robinson won NBA title while playing for the Spurs. He was chosen to two NBA All- Star games and was named to NBA All- Rookie first team.
Purdue is a quite well known name amongst the universities and as the history shows there is quite a few graduates finding success in the pro leagues.