Purdue's Ross-Ade Stadium and Holloway Gym announce full capacity plans

The Tippecanoe County Board of Health has authorized Purdue Athletics to return to 100 percent capacity in Ross-Ade Stadium and Holloway Gymnasium for the upcoming fall seasons.

Posted: Jun 23, 2021 4:47 PM
Updated: Jun 24, 2021 12:45 AM

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (Purdue Sports) — The Tippecanoe County Board of Health has authorized Purdue Athletics to return to 100 percent capacity in Ross-Ade Stadium and Holloway Gymnasium for the upcoming fall seasons.

"We are excited to welcome the Boilermaker family back in both Ross-Ade Stadium and Holloway Gymnasium this fall and appreciate our local and campus officials' support in reaching this exciting milestone," said director of athletics Mike Bobinski. "The 2020-21 year of competition required a multitude of sacrifices and adjustments, but the missing energy and excitement from our fans was certainly among the toughest for all of us. Game day was simply not the same and we can't wait for our student-athletes to experience you filling the stands to support them this fall."

While we encourage all fans to make decisions they feel are appropriate to their individual circumstances, Tippecanoe County will not mandate any social-distancing restrictions or facial coverings at Purdue football and volleyball contests this fall, allowing for full capacity at both venues. Decisions about capacity in Mackey Arena and other athletics facilities will be made in the near future.

This fall, the Purdue football team will play six of its 12 games at Ross-Ade Stadium, including the season opener under the lights on Sept. 4, against PAC 12-member Oregon State. Other home games include Illinois, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan State and the Old Oaken Bucket Game against Indiana.

"We're very excited to have all of our amazing fans back at full capacity in Ross-Ade Stadium this fall," head football coach Jeff Brohm said. "Our Boilermaker faithful are a huge part of the gameday experience for our players and staff, and they make a difference for our team each home Saturday. Our fans are loud, loyal and passionate, and we can't wait to see them in the stands."

Coming off an Elite Eight appearance, the Purdue volleyball team will open Big Ten play Sept. 24, at home against Ohio State. The full schedule will be released at a later date.

"Few things are more special for our team than running onto Belin Court with a sold-out crowd in America's best volleyball venue," said volleyball head coach Dave Shondell. "Knowing a packed Holloway Gym is waiting on the Boilermakers for every home match is an unbelievable feeling, especially after the pandemic season of 2020. We thank the most loyal fans in the land for their love and support."

In addition to 100 percent capacity at both venues, all traditional gameday activities at Ross-Ade Stadium will resume, including pregame tailgating, the Boilermaker Crossing, fan shuttles and band and cheer performances. Some enhanced safety measures in place include digital ticketing and parking passes for contactless entry and payment, contactless gate admission pedestals at all entry gates and cashless transactions at concession stands and the Purdue Team Store.

Please contact the John Purdue Club with any questions on parking, premium seating and membership at 765.494.CLUB (2582) or reach out directly to your Boilermaker Athletics Representative. As a reminder, all gifts to the More Than A Game Campaign before June 30 will receive 3x priority points.

Purdue Athletics encourages all fans, if they are able to, receive the CoVid-19 vaccine, and we will continue to monitor the environment and will be prepared to make capacity adjustments if deemed necessary.

For ticket information, please call the Hayes Family Athletics Ticket Office at 800.49SPORT.

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