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Purdue AD Bobinski Discusses Ross-Ade Renovations, Timeline

After scoreboard upgrades, the focus will be on the south end zone and the eastern side of the stadium
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The future of Purdue's Ross-Ade Stadium has been a hot topic in the athletic department, but AD Mike Bobinski said it "isn’t something where you are gonna wave a magic wand and all of sudden bring that to whatever it’s ultimately going to look like in 25, 30, 35 years," according to Tom Dienhart of RIVALS.com. Bobinski said, "The stadium project is gonna have multiple iterations to it." Purdue plans to first upgrade the south end zone scoreboard in '20 with one that is "eight times the size of the current screen." Fans will also "notice a new ribbon board in the north end zone this fall." After the scoreboards are taken care of, the focus will be on "major renovations proposed for the south end zone and the eastern side of the stadium." Plans are "lucid," as the athletic department continues to "solicit for ideas and discuss options." But Bobinski "expects renderings this summer." The plans include south end zone upgrades such as a "nutrition center/seating area." In the east stands, one idea is to "build a second level -- a mezzanine level -- that would be cantilevered over the top and provide an open concourse with sight lines into the playing area." Bobinski said the cost of the stadium renovation, not including the new scoreboards, would be "just a little north" of $100M (RIVALS.com, 4/23).