SBD/June 28, 2013/Facilities

Purdue Could Renovate Ross-Ade Stadium With Sound System, Reduced Capacity

A makeover to south end zone seating at Purdue's Ross-Ade Stadium has been on the "wish list" of AD Morgan Burke, according to Nathan Baird of the Lafayette JOURNAL & COURIER. Burke and a panel of athletic department, facilities and capital planning personnel on Wednesday "listened to three proposals from HNBT Architecture." They favored an "option featuring an indoor club with rooftop terrace seating below a video board that stretches nearly from sideline to sideline." Decorative bridges would "connect the terrace seating with stands in the stadium’s southeast and southwest corners." Also included were "installation of a new sound system and a second video board, approximately two-thirds the size of the one currently in the south end zone, in the north horseshoe." The loss of the 7,000 bleacher seats "currently in the south end zone, combined with the added terrace seating, would reduce Ross-Ade’s capacity of 62,500 by about 5,000." Burke would not "provide a timetable or cost estimates, though he said the project could be completed in one offseason and would cost 'nowhere near'" the $70M spent on renovations in '03 (Lafayette JOURNAL & COURIER, 6/27).
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