WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (Purdue Sports) — The next step in enhancing the fan experience at Purdue football games is a big one: the installation of a new video board at the south end of Ross-Ade Stadium for the 2020 season.
The new board will be one of the largest in the country for college football, measuring 150-feet, 4-inches wide and 56-feet, 9-inches high. Those measurements are more than four times bigger than the current board (68 feet by 31 feet), which debuted in 2007. The new board will show live action and replays at 10-millimeter resolution, with the capability to be windowed into multiple screens to provide a variety of game-related information.
The board will be the first HDR (high-dynamic range) board in college football, providing a significantly sharper picture and richer color.
In addition, the board will be positioned 30 feet closer to the field, situated at the back end of the south end zone patio. Purdue Athletics officials are examining ways to minimize the effect on patio space and associated customer service.
"We believe our fans will find the live in-stadium experience at Ross-Ade is enhanced by the addition of this prominent, state-of-the-art video board," said Mike Bobinski, Purdue vice president and director of intercollegiate athletics. "The unique combination of the board's size, clarity of image and proximity to the field and seating bowl will be second to none in college football."
A backlit PURDUE wordmark will face north, while a backlit P logo will adorn the back of the board.
Daktronics is the board supplier, while F.A. Wilhelm Construction is the general contractor.
Work on the project will begin the first week of December with demolition of the brick structure that houses the current video board. Substantial completion is slated for Aug. 1, 2020. The Boilermakers' 2020 home opener is Sept. 12 against Memphis.
Ross-Ade celebrates its 97th season as the home of Purdue football in 2020.
The project is being funded by donor gifts.
RECENT ROSS-ADE STADIUM ENHANCEMENTS
2017 - Permanent lighting is installed at a cost of $5.6 million.
2018 - The field is resodded with Latitude 36 Bermuda grass. A new sound system is installed. The south tower that houses the video board is repainted and rebranded, while branding and signage enhancements are made at the north end of Ross-Ade and throughout the stadium. A brick facade is put in at field level. Improvements are made to the visiting team locker room, including air conditioning, new chairs, stools and sports medicine amenities.
2019 - A 375-foot wide by 10-foot high video ribbon board is added at the north end. Branding and signage enhancements are made to the concourse. The Tyler Trent Student Gate is dedicated Sept. 7.