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The Purdue University Boilermakers are a NCAA Division I football program and compete in the Big Ten Conference. The unusual athletic nickname "Boilermakers" dates all the way back to 1891 when the Purdue football team defeated rival Wabash College 44–0. A newspaper headline described the game as "Slaughter of Innocents: Wabash Snowed Completely Under by the Burly Boiler Makers from Purdue." Other nicknames followed but Boilermakers is the one that stuck. Purdue Pete is a mascot and the Boilermaker Special is a familiar sight, both driving around campus, onto the field or emblazoned on sweatshirts, tees and cups.
Purdue is also home to the World's Largest Drum which you can see on field at game time!

Purdue is the best university ever!!!! This guy in the picture is the coolest. IU is horrible. #ChirpChirp

The Boilermakers play at the Ross-Ade Stadium. They've played 87 seasons at the stadium which received a $70 million renovation in 2001-2003. Ross-Ade stadium seats 62,500 fans, many showing their spirit wearing their black and gold. Boiler Up!


Before and after the game, the public pay lots are the place to be for tailgating. Longtime fans, great food and drink, and cornhole are all present in abundance. Some show up the day before in their RVs. There are two public pay lots (IM Gold Lot off Third Street and IM Black Lot off McCormick Road) which cost $10/car and $30/RVs. Recreational vehicles can arrive at 6 p.m. the day before a game but lots do not have electrical hookups. Paid parking lots open eight hours prior to kickoff, but no earlier than 7 a.m. the day of a home football game for all other vehicles. Tailgating is not permitted in any of the University’s free parking lots.

The “All-American” Marching Band will perform a 40-minute concert at Slayter Hill beginning two hours prior to each home game. The band will leave Slayter Hill one hour prior to kickoff and begin its voyage to the stadium. The band will march down on the east side and enter the stadium at the southeast corner of the stadium. As you see and hear the “All-American” Marching Band go by, that is your signal to pack up those tailgates and head to the stadium!

Purdue received average marks on its tailgating tradition from Sports Illustrated. Breakfast Club, a game day tradition where bars open at 7 am and students show up in costumes is not directly related to tailgating, but is more notable on a national level.
Tailgate Report Card from Sports Illustrated

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From CollegeFootballNews.com :
"Your main lots for tailgating are the R lot directly north of the stadium, Slayter Hill, and the intramural playing fields on the west side of campus. The IM lots are located behind the Recreational Sports Center off of 3rd street. On the map above they are basically the huge open area bordered by 3rd street, McCormick Road, Intramural Drive, and Stadium Avenue. Parking on Slayter Hill and in the R Lot behind the stadium are usually reserved for John Purdue Club members, but parking in the IM lots is just $10. More information from last year’s guide can be found here.

I have found the best tailgating is in the R Lot directly north of the stadium. One of my dad’s business partners has been here for years and we always end up there before and after games. Purdue has a lively tailgate atmosphere like most of the Big Ten. If kickoff is later than our normal noon time expect plenty of beverages of a spirituous nature to be available. Most Purdue fans are very friendly to visiting fans (except Notre Dame), especially if said fans are friendly as well."

Here are the lyrics for the Purdue fight song Hail Purdue:

First Verse
To your call once more we rally
Alma mater hear our praise
Where the Wabash spreads its valley,
Filled with joy our voices raise.
From the skies in swelling echoes
Come the cheers that tell the tale
Of your victories and your heroes,
Hail Purdue! We sing all hail!
Hail, hail to old Purdue
All hail to our old gold and black!
Hail, hail to old Purdue!
Our friendship may she never lack.
Ever grateful, ever true,
Thus we raise our song anew
Of the day we’ve spent with you,
All hail our own Purdue.
Second Verse
When in after years we’re turning,
Alma mater, back to you,
May our hearts with love be yearning
For the scenes of old Purdue.
Back among your pathways winding
Let us seek what lies before,
Fondest hopes and dreams e’er finding,
While we sing of days of yore.
Third Verse
In the Band we march and swagger
As we play for old Purdue.
At the halftime we do shows
No other band on Earth could do.
When we cheer the Earth will tremble,
For we’re known throughout the land
As the best in marching music,
We’re the Boilermaker Band!

You can also listen to Hail Purdue.