Fans will once again be allowed to fill the stands and cheer on Purdue University following a decision by the Tippecanoe County Board of Health. The board has authorized a return to 100% capacity in Ross-Ade Stadium and Holloway Gymnasium for the fall seasons.
Purdue says all fans are encouraged to make their own decisions but Tippecanoe County will not mandate any social-distancing requirements or facial coverings at Purdue football and volleyball contests, however a decision on capacity concerning Mackey Arena and other athletic facilities has not yet been made.
Purdue football will play six of its 12 scheduled games at Ross-Ade, including the opener September 4 against Oregon State.
“We’re very excited to have all of our amazing fans back at full capacity in Ross-Ade Stadium this fall. Our Boilermaker faithful are a huge part of the gameday experience for our players and staff, and they make a difference for our team each home Saturday. Our fans are loud, loyal and passionate, and we can’t wait to see them in the stands,” head football coach Jeff Brohm said.
Other home games include Illinois, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan State and the Old Oaken Bucket game versus Indiana.
Purdue volleyball is coming off an Elite Eight appearance and kicks off their season September 24 at home against Ohio State. The school says the full schedule will be released at a later date.
“Few things are more special for our team than running onto Belin Court with a sold-out crowd in America’s best volleyball venue. Knowing a packed Holloway Gym is waiting on the Boilermakers for every home match is an unbelievable feeling, especially after the pandemic season of 2020. We thank the most loyal fans in the land for their love and support,” said volleyball head coach Dave Shondell.
The university says the full capacity decision will also allow the return of traditional gameday activities, including pregame tailgating, the Boilermaker Crossing and fan shuttles.