WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - Purdue's football season is now less than a month away from kick-off, but fans and players will not have the same game day experience as previous years.
Purdue University has seen many new regulations amid the coronavirus pandemic.
This does not exclude football. With the Big Ten football schedule set, changes to tailgating and attendance have been made.
Fans will not be allowed to tailgate ahead of home games this year.
According to Purdue President Mitch Daniels parking lots will be blocked off.
"The parking lots completely out of play," said Daniels. "On those days we probably will ask the police to move around in case somebody is not respecting the rules we've asked them to."
When it comes to attendance, the only fans in the stands will be family members of players and coaches.
Daniels: "The Big Ten has decided only family of players and coaches and staff. And as far as I know, that will be the rule throughout," said Daniels.
Over summer, Purdue was also in talks with the Tippecanoe County Health Department about attendance at games.
"Local health authorities seemed open to some fraction of an open-air stadium like Ross-Ade, maybe as much as quarter. That would be as much as 15 thousand fans," said Daniels.
Daniels said such discussions would resume with the Tippecanoe County Health Department if the Big Ten decides to loosen attendance restrictions.
If this were to happen, the Health Department would have to approve any change the university presents.
Purdue's season opener will take place October 24th at Ross-Ade Stadium.