Purdue Football Fun: A Game Weekend Checklist

With Purdue football season underway, we’ve compiled a list of must-do game weekend activities. This checklist is full of traditions and experiences that are sure to get everyone from campus newcomers to Purdue football regulars in the Boilermaker spirit!

1. Go to The Den

Photo of a red, white and blue donut atop a Den Pop in front of the Discount Den store

Den Pops and donuts – what a delicious combination! Photo courtesy of @discountden

The Discount Den is a popular convenience store located in Chauncey Mall. It’s a great spot to pick up affordable Purdue attire, snacks, soda and more. Home of the iconic “Den Pop,” The Den is most known for its soft drink bar where you can create your own soda concoction. Also, be sure to grab some delicious Hammer Donuts! The Den is open from 7:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Sundays.

2. Walk Around Campus

Photo of The Engineering Fountain, Hovde Hall, and Bell Tower in spring

The Engineering Fountain, Hovde Hall, and Bell Tower

Walking around campus during football weekends is a fun way to see many iconic Purdue landmarks. Additionally, it’s a great chance to take pictures with friends and family to remember the experience. Listed below are a few of the must-see spots:

  • John Purdue – Memorial Mall
  • Unfinished P – Next to Stewart Center
  • Campus Fountains – We recommend Loeb Fountain by Beering Hall and The Engineering Fountain on Engineering Mall
  • Bell Tower – Across from WALC
  • Neil Armstrong – Outside of Armstrong Hall

A campus walk also allows campus newcomers and alumni to see new changes and recent additions to Purdue. The most notable addition to campus currently is the Wilmeth Active Learning Center, located across from the Bell Tower.

3. Eat at Popular Purdue Restaurants

Photo of Basil Thai's curry pineapple fried rice in a to-go box next to a menu

Curry Pineapple Fried Rice from Basil Thai

Stopping in for a bite to eat at the most beloved Purdue restaurants will get you in the Boilermaker spirit.

One of the most known joints is Triple XXX, a diner known for its burgers and milkshakes. It opens at 5:30 a.m. daily for breakfast and closes at 11:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 10:00 p.m on Sunday. A crowd favorite is the Duane Purvis All American Burger, a classic cheeseburger with a sweet twist – peanut butter. The Drew Brees First Choice breakfast special is also an early-morning hit among the locals. 

Another classic restaurant is Bruno’s, a family-run pizza joint. First-timers can’t go wrong with the famous Bruno Dough and the Boilermaker Pizza. Bruno’s opens at 4:00 p.m. daily, so be sure to save this location for dinner.

Another hidden gem is Basil Thai, which is located in Chauncey Mall. The small Thai shop offers many delicious vegetarian and vegan options. The red curry and rice dish is one of the best items on the menu.

4. Ride on the Boilermaker Special

Photo of Purdue's Boilermaker Special, a black and gold locomotive, driving by a statue of John Purdue on Memorial Mall

The Boilermaker Special driving by John Purdue statue on Memorial Mall. Photo courtesy of @BoilermakerSpecial

Catching a ride on the Boilermaker Special, Purdue’s notable mascot, is an experience every Purdue fan should have. You can spot the locomotive driving around campus on game weekends. The Reamer Club offers free rides in front of Stewart Center from 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. on the Fridays before home football games. This is a great activity for kids!

5. Tailgate

Tailgating near the stadium on game day is a great way to catch up with old friends and get excited about the game. For details about purchasing tailgate spaces, check out the official Purdue Tailgating Page.

6. Go to Harry’s

Photo of rum and Coke drink and a purple suede purse with fringe sitting on the bar at Harry's

Grabbing a drink at Harry’s after the game is a must

With great drinks and free popcorn, Harry’s Chocolate Shop is the place to be on game weekends. It opens at 11:00 a.m. and closes at 3:00 a.m. daily. It tends to stay fairly packed all weekend, so expect a crowd. The Green Dragon is a go-to drink for frequent Harry’s customers. Filled with students and alumni, it’s hard to find a place with more school spirit in one location than this iconic bar.

7. Go to the Game

Photo of Ross-Ade stadium filled with fans during a game timeout at sunset

A packed Ross-Ade Stadium, full of fans ready to cheer on the Boilermakers to victory.

The most important thing to do on a game weekend is (obviously) go to the game. For more information about ticket prices and purchasing details, visit the Purdue Sports football ticket information page. While at the game, be sure to cheer on the Boilers and watch the “All American” Marching Band perform during halftime with the World’s Largest Drum!

Make sure to check out the Home of Purdue’s website for more information about upcoming Purdue athletic activities.

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Purdue Homecoming Weekend Update 2018

Purdue Homecoming Weekend Update! Looking for a fun Indiana weekend getaway? Or do you live in this area and are looking for entertainment close by? Check out the endless possibilities for fun events happening this upcoming weekend in or near Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana.

Make this your checklist of Purdue Homecoming fun this weekend! Don’t miss a second of the excitement!

Friday, September 21:

  • Boiler Up! Every Friday, typically from 12-3pm (times may vary) before Purdue Home Football Games, 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!
  • Come and watch the annual homecoming parade as Purdue kicks off the 150th celebration of Purdue weekend! Participants will be handing out goodies to those lined up as well as the infamous Purdue Marching Band, so get there early! This year’s Grand Marshal is 1978 Homecoming Queen, Kassandra Agee-Chandler. This event is FREE and open to the public. All are welcome to attend – click here for route.Purdue2013

Saturday, September 22:

  • Fans, especially families, looking for fun before home games will want to check out the popular Boilermaker Crossing.  Meet-the-team events, inflatable games, 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.
  • This year Purdue is IMG_0547celebrating its 16th annual University-wide Homecoming celebration on Stadium Mall as Purdue kicks off 150 Years of Giant Leaps during the Homecoming 2018 festivities. Don’t forget to visit with the various school and unit tents before we take on Boston College. You’ll find all sorts of fun, photo opportunities, and free activities for the whole family. This takes place 10-12pm.
  • At 9:30am, join in a tailgate concert celebrating Homecoming and featuring the Purdue Jazz Band and the Tower of Power Band! They will perform at Slayter Center prior to “Thrill on the Hill.” Then 90 minutes before game time the Purdue “All American” Marching Band will present “Thrill on the Hill” at Slayter Hill.
  • Game time! Come watch as our Purdue Boilermaker Football Team take on Boston College inside Ross-Ade stadium. (12pm).
  • Sesquicentennial Kickoff: Homecoming!
    The sesquicentennial celebration will kick off during halftime with an “All-American” Marching Band performance, to be livestreamed for all Boilermakers to enjoy. Following the game, head to Stadium Mall for a postgame party with live music, food and drinks.

Sunday, September 23

  • Post Homecoming fun is happening at Art on the Wabash!  Spend your Sunday afternoon relaxing and enjoying local art at Art on the Wabash. This annual local juried artist fair features artists from a 15 county area offering pottery, glass, paintings, carvings, jewelry and more. Located on the banks of the Wabash River, guests enjoy a very nice, scenic landscape for this outdoor show.

Art on The Wabash

For more information about these events and other special “happenings” in Lafayette-West Lafayette, check out our website at www.HomeOfPurdue.com.

The Easter Bunny’s Arrival into Lafayette-West Lafayette

The Easter Bunny is here! Oh my! How many memories do you have meeting the Easter Bunny every year?  Or memories from going to Easter egg hunts and running as fast as you can trying to get the most eggs in your basket? Check out the endless possibilities for fun Bunny events happening this upcoming weekend in or near Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana where you can take your kids for tons of fun!

Start your Saturday off right this weekend at the Easter Eggstravaganza at First Assembly Community Ministries. This free family friendly event starts at 9am and showcases free games, bounce houses, and STEM events for the kids. The morning includes social media giveaways, a Skydiving Easter Bunny AND 60,000 eggs for an egg hunt for ages toddlers through 12 years old. They also have an egg hunt available for children with special needs. Food will be available for purchase. Make Easter bunny dreams come true at this fun event!

20,000 eggs, a cookout, inflatable games, giveaways and the Boilermaker Special! Where, where, where?! Connection Point Church hosts Eggstravaganza on March 26, 2016 from 1-4pm. What is more fun than sending your kids off to collects dozens of eggs, then once done, a ride on the Boilermaker Special? They will be thrilled!

If this isn’t enough Easter Bunny fun, make a trip to the Tippecanoe County Mall for a photo op with the Easter Bunny himself.  He arrived at the Mall on March 3, and is there every day until March 26.

For more information about these events and other special “happenings” in Lafayette-West Lafayette, check out our website at www.HomeOfPurdue.com.

Weekend Update: Verdi’s La Traviata & Purdue Takes on Michigan State

Weekend Update! Looking for a fun Indiana weekend getaway? Or do you live in this area and are looking for entertainment close by? Check out the endless possibilities for fun events happening this upcoming weekend in Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana.

Reuniting once more, the Lafayette Symphony Orchestra and the Kentucky Opera will collaborate for another spectacular performance featuring a concert presentation of Verdi’s La Traviata at the Long Center for the Performing Arts on Saturday, October 11. This harrowing love story, the inspiration for the Academy Award Winning film Moulin Rouge, is shrouded in sacrifice and misunderstanding. You won’t want to miss this stunning musical partnership!

Boilermaker Special Ride!

Boilermaker Special Ride!

Boiler up! It’s another football weekend! This equals free Boilermaker Special rides, a Purdue pep rally, Purdue team appearances, the BIG GAME and more. On Friday, October 10, typically from 12-3pm (times may vary) take a ride on the Boilermaker Special! Pick-ups will be in front of Stewart Center and run every 15 minutes. Saturday is game day! Join in family-friendly games, inflatables, team appearances and live music taking place at Boilermaker Crossing beginning three hours before game time and ending at kick-off. Cheer and shout at the pre-game Purdue pep rally, titled 211º featuring the Purdue “All-American” Marching Band, second-year head football coach Darrell Hazell and the Boilermaker football players in Mackey Arena. Then, head to the game and cheer on our Purdue Boilermaker football team as they take on the Michigan State Spartans in what is sure to be an exciting game! It is the Hammer Down Cancer game!

For more information about these events and other special “happenings” in Lafayette-West Lafayette, check out our website at www.HomeOfPurdue.com.

Weekend Update: Purdue Boilermakers take on Western Michigan! Boiler Up!

464Purdue Football is back! We have been waiting all summer long for this exciting weekend of tailgating, pep rallies, Purdue spirit, and of course the GAME! Check out our Purdue Football Weekend Update! Check out the endless possibilities for fun events happening this upcoming weekend in Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana.

Boiler Up! This Friday, August 29, from 12-3pm (times may vary) take a ride on the Boilermaker Special! Jump aboard and enjoy the ride around campus as the train maneuvers and honks throughout our beautiful campus! Pick-ups will be in front of Stewart Center and run every 15 minutes. Look for the marquee!

Saturday, August 30, is game day! From 9-12pm bring the whole family to take part in family-friendly games, inflatables, team appearances and live music at the Boilermaker Crossing. Cheer and shout at the pre-game Purdue pep rally, titled 211º featuring the Purdue “All-American” Marching Band, second-year head football coach Darrell Hazell and the Boilermaker football players in Mackey Arena at 9:45am.

12pm marks the kick-off for the 2014 season! Our Purdue football team is taking on Western Michigan. This game will showcase all the work and training the players have been so ruthlessly striving for. Boilermaker fan, come out and show your Purdue spirit in gold and black and cheer our players onto victory!

For more information about these events and other special “happenings” in Lafayette-West Lafayette, check out our website at www.HomeOfPurdue.com.

Celebrate National Tourism Week at our Tourism Tailgate May 7!

Happening Now! Right now, the talk around town is about the fun celebration taking place next Tuesday, May 7.  It is our annual Lafayette-West Lafayette Tourism Tailgate that is stocked full of fun activities, good food and live entertainment!  Join us anytime between 4pm and 7pm to celebrate tourism while eating, tasting beer and wine, and chatting with our staff and/or others attending.

We take pride in Lafayette-West Lafayette as being a great tourism destination which welcomes visitors from all parts of the world to enjoy our attractions, shops, restaurants, and our beautiful university, Purdue.  May 4 through May 12, 2013, is our time to embrace tourism and everything it offers to our community with this tourism tailgate party.  This event will showcase what there is to do in Lafayette-West Lafayette, so if you are traveling through our area, a “local”, or a recent newcomer, this is the event for you!

This year’s tailgate is stocked with fun events.  Wildcat Creek Winery and People’s Brewing Company will be offering free samples of their wine and beer.  Local entertainers, Steve Hill and Scott Greeson, will be performing and taking requests.  Do not miss grabbing a hotdog and/or hamburger loaded with all the trimmings catered from the Outpost Catering along with a cold bottle of Triple XXX root beer.  Local attractions will have booths set up at the visitors center to meet guests and share all their “happenings” this year. The Boilermaker Special, a favorite of children and adults alike, will be taking guests on rides throughout the area from 5 pm to 6:30 pm (weather permitting and barring any mechanical issues).  Also, do not miss our awesome “Family Fun” giveaway contest taking place on our blog from May 6 through May 13 that is worth over $500!

Whether you are looking for delicious dining, interesting attractions and shops, enticing events or home away from home lodging—a getaway to Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana, is sure to satisfy. For more information about this day spa and others in the area, visit our website at www.HomeOfPurdue.com