Home of the Boilermakers
|Location||850 Steven Beering Drive|
West Lafayette, Indiana 47907
|Broke ground||June 2, 1924|
|Opened||November 22, 1924|
|Expanded||1930, 1949, 1955, 1964, 1969|
($3.47 million in 2018 dollars)
$70 million (renovation)
($97.5 million in 2018 dollars)
|Architect||Osborn Engineering Company (Original)|
HNTB (2002 Renovation)
|General contractor||A.E. Kemmer (Original Construction)|
|Purdue Boilermakers (NCAA) (1924-present)|
Ross-Ade Stadium is a stadium in West Lafayette, Indiana, on the campus of Purdue University. It is the home field of Purdue Boilermakers football. The stadium was dedicated on November 22, 1924, and named in honor of Purdue alumni George Ade and David E. Ross. On December 6, 2019, it was announced that the new name for the facility is Rohrman Field at Ross-Ade Stadium.
The stadium was built in 1924 to replace Stuart Field, which had been hosting Purdue football since 1892. It is named in honor of Purdue alumni David E. Ross and George Ade, the principal benefactors. In 1922 Ade and Ross bought 65 acres (26 hectares) of land for the site of the new stadium. They also provided additional financial support for construction of the facility. Ross-Ade Stadium opened on November 22, 1924, with a seating capacity of 13,500--roughly corresponding to the lower portion of the current facility's west grandstand---and standing room for an additional 5,000 people. A series of additions and renovations pushed the seating capacity to almost 68,000 (70,000 with standing room). In 2001, Purdue University began a $70 million renovation, including widening both aisles and seats, which led to a reduced seating capacity of 62,500.
The largest crowd ever to see a game in Ross-Ade is 71,629 against Indiana on Nov 22, 1980.
In summer 2017, Ross-Ade Stadium installed permanent stadium lights.
In March 2019 it was announced that a memorial for Superfan Tyler Trent who died on January 1st 2019 at the age of 20 from osteosarcoma a type of bone cancer would be placed at Student Section Gate entrance in his honor.
On December 6, 2019, it was announced that due to a $15 million gift, the new name of the facility is Rohrman Field at Ross-Ade Stadium.
In the spring of 2000, it was announced that Ross-Ade would undergo a three-phase renovation, beginning the following year. A breakdown of each phase is as follows:
While originally thought that both Phases II and III would be solely dependent upon future ticket sales, former Athletic Director Morgan Burke indicated in early 2009 that the project may move forward in the near future, regardless of season ticket sales.
There has been a desire expressed by both former head coach Joe Tiller and Burke to remove seating in the south end zone to use the land for alternative purposes. Tiller and subsequently the school's architectural department, has proposed using the land for football administrative offices and locker rooms. Burke has proposed shaping the land into a landscaped hill, providing lush views of campus scenery. Ultimately, these bleachers were removed in the summer of 2014, with restorative work performed on the concrete foundation on which the bleachers sat.
Temporary lights (1-7)
Under permanent lights (2-3)