Purdue Football is here! Heading to a Purdue Football game this fall? Check out this Purdue Football Game Checklist of fun activities to do before, during and after the game. Boiler up! Hammer Down!


  • Enjoy a great night's rest at one of our many hotels. Click here for a complete list.
  • Friday before Game Day: Boilermaker Free Ride Fridays: Typically, from 12-3pm (time may vary) take a ride on the Boilermaker Special! Pick-ups will be in front of Stewart Center and run every 15 minutes. Look for the marquee! Check their website and/or Facebook page for time changes, updates and cancellations.

Boilermaker Special

  • Tailgating fun! Open eight hours prior to kickoff but no earlier than 8 a.m., join Purdue fans as they grill, cook and celebrate the upcoming game. For tailgating rules, visit the Purdue Tailgating website.
  • On game days, fans, especially families, looking for fun before the game need to check out the popular Boilermaker Crossing. Meet-the-team events, inflatable games, a band, a beer garden, and interactive opportunities highlight the list of activities. The Boilermaker Crossing is free and open to fans of all ages. Located in the Sally & Bob Weist Plaza, between Mackey Arena and Holloway Gymnasium, Boilermaker Crossing opens 3 hours before kickoff.
  • Breakfast Club: A Purdue tradition before any football game is to get up super early, dress up in a costume, and do a bar crawl. It can be an interesting and entertaining way to start the day.


  • Team Arrival: Welcome the Boilermakers to Ross-Ade Stadium at the corner of Joe Tiller Drive and John R. Wooden Drive two hours and 15 minutes before kickoff and cheer them on into their locker room.
  • Watch as the Purdue All-American" Marching Band entertains the crowd at Slayter Hill, during Thrill at the Hill, 90 minutes prior to kickoff with music, trivia, and more!

Thrill on the Hill


  • Game on! Then head into Ross-Ade and cheer on our Boilermakers to victory!
  • Make sure to be on the look-out for Purdue Pete and have your camera ready for a photo opp!

Purdue Pete

  • Skydivers - at certain games this season be in your seat early to watch skydivers enter the stadium during the pre-game ceremonies! To find out which games this will be taking place, click here.
  • Half-time shows are always the bomb at Purdue! The Purdue All-American Marching Band puts on a performance that will last in your memory forever!

Purdue Ross-Ade Stadium

  • The food! From hot dogs to candy, and soda to beer, Purdue concessions are always the best for satisfying those random concession food cravings.
  • Boilermaker Shoutouts - Want to share a personal message on the videoboard? Click here to learn more and purchase your Boilermaker shoutout!

Purdue Football

For more information on Game Day such as tickets, clear bag policy, parking, etc. visit the Purdue Sports website.

**Purdue Homecoming weekend! Special events are planned for Homecoming every year. Click here for details! **


  • Have you heard? The Neon Cactus is opening back up September 8, 2022. This hallowed Purdue ground will be rockin' this fall with Bruce Barker, the Piano Man!
  • Grab a pizza to go from Bruno's Pizza & Big O's Sports Room, serving the Purdue community since 1955.
  • Explore Chauncey Village; Purdue gear, boutiques, bookstores, record store, hair care, restaurants and more.
  • Duane Purvis All American Burger - make sure you stop by Triple XXX Family Restaurant to eat this 1/4lb. chop steak burger topped with thick, creamy peanut butter, American cheese, lettuce, tomato, pickle & onion on a toasty sesame bun. Featured on Diners, Drive-In's and Dives, this burger is one of the most famous burgers of all time!
  • Did you know Purdue is home to over 30 pieces of public art? Enjoy numerous fountains, murals and and statues all over campus. Grab your camera for a great photo opp. at the Neil Armstrong statue and then take Neil's giant replicated steps for mankind on the moon right next to it!
  • Head to Harry's Chocolate Shop where Purdue fans have been making memories and traditions for over 100 years!

Harry's Chocolate Shop

Enjoy these Boilermaker photos!