Enjoying a college football game on one’s patio is one of the joys of autumn outdoor living. Attending the game in person is one of the great joys of college football. So, how do we do both? If you’re a Perdue fan, they’ve got you covered.
Renovation plans are in the works to revamp the Boilermakers’ south end zone but it will be some time before they are completed. In the meantime, the decision was made to remove the existing bleachers and install a temporary patio. 6100 bleachers were bulldozed and the space has been equipped with a 3200 square foot tent, several pergolas, and patio furniture. Six 46” televisions are placed so that fans can watch their team as well as other college games.
Tailgating food and beverages, including beer and wine, will be sold in the new patio area. Fans with season tickets and those students who purchase VIP cards will be allowed to enter this area. Is it a good idea? Let’s see… They removed seating for 6100 people and are providing space for 1500. From a ticket sales perspective, the math doesn’t indicate that this is a very profitable idea. However, the south end zone was primarily seating for fans of the visiting team and probably was not at capacity each game. When you figure in the revenue from the VIP passes and the sale of food and alcoholic beverages, they could be onto something. As this is only a temporary use of the space, it’s an ideal opportunity to experiment with something creative and unique. My bet is that fans will love this space and it may be the beginning of how athletic stadiums evolve into the future.
With the addition of their outdoor patio at Ross-Ade Stadium, I proclaim Purdue University to have the most OUTDOORLICIOUS! college football stadium in America.