Purdue students, fans react to college football's return

Purdue fans, especially the students on campus, are excited to have some sort of a game day experience back in West Lafayette.

Posted: Sep 17, 2020 6:44 PM

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — While the Big Ten Conference continues to sort out it's newly planned fall football season, students and fans across Purdue's campus are excited for a return to normalcy. 

Tickets will not be sold to the public for this season's nine game schedule, but students will be able to tune in every weekend beginning October 23-24. 

"It was really disappointing seeing all the other conferences play football and not just the Big Ten," said Purdue student Will Oberndorfer.

"So I am super stoked to be able just to watch, even if I can't go to the games in person. You know tossing the football around with my roommate, just doing any social distance fun, definitely watching the game," said Oberndorfer. 

Fellow student Garrett Illa is a senior this year. The conference's announcement provided one last shot to watch the Boilermakers play as an undergrad. 

"Having football come back having all these things come back, I mean it's nice to have something a semblance of what it used to be," said Illa.

"I mean I am excited and I think a lot of my friends are excited, and I think that you know people should be getting excited that we are able to make this work."

One way or another, Purdue fans, and Big Ten fans alike, will have something to celebrate for nine weeks this fall. Another small victory in the whirlwind of a year. 

"You know you have celebrate the game, whether it's going to Harry's local sports bar or just watching with your buddies in your room," said Oberndorfer.

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