Silent Saturdays: West Lafayette residents missing out on annual tailgating scene

There's still no official word whether the Big Ten will play football at some point this fall. Coaches, players and support staffs at all 14 conference institutions have been on stand-by since commissioner Kevin Warren's announcement in August.

Posted: Sep 15, 2020 6:38 PM
Updated: Sep 15, 2020 7:08 PM

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — There's still no official word whether the Big Ten will play football at some point this fall. Coaches, players and support staffs at all 14 conference institutions have been on stand-by since commissioner Kevin Warren's announcement in August.

That decision has impacted far more than the universities involved. College towns across the Midwest have missed out, both financially and from an entertainment aspect.

"It does kind of stink," said West Lafayette resident Jamie Redman.

Jamie and his wife Heather moved into their home on Northwestern Avenue around three years ago after stops all over the world as part of the U.S. Navy. Their front yard is what you'd call prime real estate for college football tailgaters.

"108 between our house and next door," said Redman about the most cars he's ever fit on his lot.

Hundreds of football fans flock to the Redman's yard for Purdue home games. The location is just steps away from the Kozuch Football Facility and an easy walk to Ross-Ade Stadium. You can have that convenience and a whole lot of fun for just $40 dollars a car.

It keeps the Redman's busy on seven Saturdays out of the year.

"I don't think we've been to a game on time yet," said Redman.

Their yard, and many others neighboring campus, have been left empty after at least one home football date has gone by this fall.

"I hope it comes back," said Redman.

"We love hearing the whistles, said Jamie's wife Heather. "We really truly miss it."

One positive of the whole situation?

"I will be honest, it doesn't do my lawn much good to have all these cars on it," said Redman. "I am actually working on trying to make it look a little bit better."

The Redman's and the rest of us are just ready for college football to return to West Lafayette.

"It's really the relationships and the experience are what we miss the most," said Heather Redman.

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