Purdue University’s Ross-Ade Stadium is about to get a major upgrade. The Purdue Board of Trustees has approved a $5.6 million project to add permanent lights at the stadium ahead of the 2017 football season.
Installation is expected to last from March until August of next year. The university says the project is being funded by Purdue Athletics gifts and no student fees or state support will be used.
Mike Bobinski, athletics director for Purdue, says the pending Big Ten Conference media rights agreements require all stadiums to have permanent lighting.
"As the league has expanded and the number of conference games has increased, it’s become necessary to have more flexibility for kickoff times throughout the season at all stadiums," said Bobinski. "Adding permanent lights does not mean an influx of night games, but we certainly will have some in the years ahead. Lights also are needed for 3:30 p.m. starts once the season moves into October and beyond."
Purdue says the lights are part of the Football Master Plan, which covers coaching and support staff, player development, academic support, recruiting, fan engagement, and contemporary facilities. You can view the full master plan by clicking here.