FORT WAYNE – With nearly 6,000 bleacher seats removed, the south end zone at Ross-Ade Stadium is being turned into a patio area that will serve alcohol and food during games, Purdue announced Tuesday.
It is not a permanent change, as the school continues to work on an overhaul of the nearly 16,000-square-foot space.
For now, though, the Boilermakers will test a different, more social-oriented atmosphere and a commercial change in selling beer and wine. Minnesota had been the only other school in the Big Ten to do so at football games.
The patio area, with a capacity of 1,500 fans, will open an hour and a half before kickoff and will be open to season-ticket holders as well as Purdue students who buy VIP cards for access.
Depictions of the area released by the school show a massive tent in the back with umbrella-topped tables in front. The space will include six 46-inch televisions.
Watch list members
Notre Dame center Nick Martin, Hoosiers center Collin Rahrig and Boilermakers center Robert Kugler were all placed on the watch list for the Rimington Trophy, given annually to the nation’s best player at that position. Rahrig was honorable-mention All-Big Ten as a junior last season.