Since attendance at Purdue Boilermakers football games has dramatically increased over the past few years, the athletic department announced a well-expected increase in season ticket prices.
From 2016 to 2017, Purdue was the only school to see its average attendance increase by 3,000 fans, a press release states. Additionally, just this past year, the Ross-Ade Stadium sold out twice for the first time since 2007. The average home attendance was also the highest since 2008, rounding-out at 51,120.
“The support by our fans the last two seasons has shown remarkable growth, and we are very appreciative,” Purdue athletic director Mike Bobinski said in the release. “There’s no question that increased attendance and an energized gameday environment has positively impacted both our on-field success and recruiting.”
Season tickets go on sale on January 22. While the athletic department reduced prices across the stadium in 2017, fans will now see a slight increase. Tickets in the new west midfield section originally priced at $280 were now raised to $294 along with a legacy fee of $200, while east and west sideline sections were raised from $224 to $245 plus a $100 legacy fee. Touchdown tickets also raised from $224 to $238, lower end zone jumped from $175 to $182, and value end zone tickets increased from $119 to $126.
Bobinski explained that the university is competing with some of the top programs in the country, which requires a strong commitment from not only the school, but fans.
“Maximizing attendance through continued growth in ticket sales is an important piece of that commitment, and we believe our new set of seating options provides reasonable choices for everyone,” he said.