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

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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

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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

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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.

Alexis Murrell, Purdue University Student, shares this blog.

Weekend Update: Purdue Football Fan Day & Mosey Down Main Street

Lafayette-West Lafayette 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.

This Saturday, August 11, head to Purdue for Purdue Football Fan Day!  Boilermaker fans, come and meet the 2018 Purdue football team at the annual preseason fan day in Mollenkopf. The event will feature the entire football team and host a number of family-friendly activities for all ages.

Activities include…
• Test your football skills on the field with current Boilermakers.
• Meet your favorite players with an autograph session with the entire team and coach Brohm.
• Free 2018 schedule poster.
• Gear up for gameday with merchandise from the new official Purdue Team Store.
• Get an inside look at the new Football Performance Complex.
• Enter-to-win a special prize when you purchase your 2018 football season tickets.
• Purchase $5 youth tickets for the Eastern Michigan game with the purchase of an adult ticket.
• Fan Day is free to attend.
• To participate in skills activities on the field, all fans must fill out a waiver form upon entry.
• Parking is free in the F and R lots.
• Come early and check out the 2018 Purdue volleyball team in a free intrasquad scrimmage starting at 1 p.m. at Holloway Gymnasium.

In the evening, take the family to Mosey Down Main Street, a street celebrations brought to you by the local artistic community. Volunteers, downtown business owners, artists and musicians come together once a month from May through September to offer a free, family friendly event that takes place right down the center of Main Street. The event includes three stages of music, outdoor food, beer, and wine sales as well as street performers, drum circles and D.J.’s, belly dancers, and balloon animals.

For more information about these events and other events happening this weekend in Lafayette-West Lafayette, check out our website at HomeOfPurdue.com.

Taste the Hype at Azzip Pizza

When Lafayette and West Lafayette received word that Azzip Pizza would be coming to the area, no one could contain their excitement. After finally trying it for myself, I realized what all the hype was about. Everything from the name of the restaurant to the pizza itself is unique and wonderful.

The story behind Azzip Pizza is a very special one. Purdue’s own alumni Brad Niemeier is the founder of this new and amazing establishment. He graduated from Purdue’s Hospitality and Tourism program in 2012. Azzip started when Brad won the Burton D. Morgan Business Plan Competition at Purdue University. In 2013 Brad opened his first store in Evansville. There are currently 7 Azzip pizza locations and we are proud to have one right here in Lafayette.

What does the word “Azzip” even mean? Try looking at the word backwards. This simple yet fun name has a wholesome story behind it. You can get the details behind the name inspiration and more background information about Azzip here: https://azzippizza.com/2017/06/the-start-up/

You can order a specialty pizza full of your favorite flavors or keep it simple with a traditional cheese pizza. Whatever your taste desires, Azzip has it. Azzip has 2 sizes of pizzas called the “Little Zip” and “Big Zip”. The big zip is 11 inches and the little zip is 8 inches. The Azzip experience is laid back, quick, and gives you all the choices you need to create a great meal in a timely fashion. You choose your dough size and walk through the line selecting your sauce, meats, and veggies you want on your pizza. You can always choose one of the specialty pizzas referred to as “Azzip Picks” as well. The E’vil Pig is full of flavor and is unlike any pizza you’ve had before.  This pizza is loaded with sweet ‘n sassy BBQ sauce, mozzarella, slow smoked pork, red onion, and Grippos in a Ski reduction. What is Grippos and a Ski reduction, you ask? It is barbecue Grippos potato chips and a sweet reduction sauce made from local Ski citrus soda.

The environment at Azzip is very modern and exciting. Your Azzip experience doesn’t end when you reach the end of the order line. The Azzip staff takes care of you during your entire visit. Azzip is the perfect dining option for a easy and tasty lunch or a quick but relaxing dinner.

This isn’t your normal pizza place. Your experience will be full of color, speed, quality, and satisfaction from beginning to end. Don’t just take my word for it, go check it out! Azzip Pizza is located at 105 Farabee Dr S suite B in Lafayette. Check out this new addition to the area.

Emily, VLWL Intern, shares this blog.

Weekend Update: Small Business Saturday & Old Oaken Bucket Game

Tailgate time 2012Lafayette-West Lafayette 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.

Get out and support all of our amazing small businesses by spending your dollars in their stores this Saturday, November 25 during Small Business Saturday. What a better way to kick off holiday shopping then by taking advantage of all that our local businesses have to offer. They truly are the backbone of what makes our community so great and we would not be where we are today without them.  Also, downtown Lafayette, enjoy horse and carriage rides!

Two TulipsThis Saturday also marks the Old Oaken Bucket Game. Our Boilermakers host and take on our greatest rival, the Indiana Hoosiers. Cheer on our team to victory on November 25!  Also, please note, fans, especially families, looking for fun before the game 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.

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

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Purdue Football Weekend Update

464Purdue Football Weekend Update! This Saturday, November 19, marks the last Purdue home game of the season.  It’s been a bit of a rough year for our Boilermaker Football Team, but as true fans, we stand by our Boilers and celebrate their efforts this season. Come out and cheer them on this weekend as they take on Wisconsin. Along with the game, are a host of fun activities.  Check them out:

  • Friday, November 18, 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 (https://www.facebook.com/ReamerClub) for time changes, updates and cancellations.
  • Boiler Bridge Walk is taking place Friday, November 18. Join the Purdue football team as it connects Lafayette and West Lafayette on the John T. Myers Pedestrian Bridge on Friday night.  Enjoy live music, giveaways, and meet the cheerleaders and Purdue Pete starting at 5:45 p.m. at this free event. The football team will arrive at approximately 6 p.m. by the fountain on the West Lafayette side of the bridge. The Boilermakers will interact with fans as they make their way to Riehle Plaza on the Lafayette side of the bridge.
  • All Purdue jazz ensembles will be performing during their concert at Loeb Playhouse img_8521on Friday, November 18 at 8pm. This event is free and open to the public.
  • On game day, Saturday, November 19, fans, especially families, looking for fun before the game need 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 open 3 hours before kickoff. Cheer on the Boilermaker football team as it walks through Boilermaker Crossing on its way to the locker room approximately 2 hours before the game!
  • More game day fun! 2 hours and 11 minutes before kickoff the Purdue “All-American” Marching Band will perform halftime highlights, school songs, and more in Mackey Arena alongside the Boilermaker football team. Following the game, head over to Slayter Hill for the band’s post-game performance.
  • img_8556To conclude a fabulous weekend, on Sunday, November 20, the Purdue Wind Ensemble will perform at the Long Center for the Performing arts. This event is free and open to the public.

For a whole listing of Purdue Game Day events, visit http://www.purduesports.com/tickets/tickets-m-footbl.html#gd-info.

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

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Boilermaker Weekend Update! Purdue Football is Here!

Purdue FootballByBrent Russell 2014Boilermaker Weekend Update! Looking for a fun Indiana weekend getaway? Or do you live in this area and are looking for entertainment close by?  This is the weekend we have been waiting for in Lafayette-West Lafayette because it is full of exciting, entertaining festivals that will bring joy and laughter to so many people.

Purdue Football is here! This Saturday, our Purdue Boilermaker Football team takes on Eastern Kentucky at 12pm. This game kicks off the football season which we are optimistic it will be fabulous.

10377388_10203780419809215_1745586004360782109_nSo many fun activities take place to celebrate football weekends.  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! Check their website and/or Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/ReamerClub) for time changes, updates and cancellations.

We are excited to announce Boiler Bridge Walks are back! Join the Purdue football team as it connects Lafayette and West Lafayette on the John T. Myers Pedestrian Bridge on Friday night.  Enjoy live music, giveaways, and meet the cheerleaders and Purdue Pete starting at 5:45 p.m. at this free event. The football team will arrive at approximately 6 p.m. by the fountain on the West Lafayette side of the bridge. The Boilermakers will interact with fans as they make their way to Riehle Plaza on the Lafayette side of the bridge.

On game day, fans, especially families, looking for fun before home games need 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 open 3 hours before kickoff. Cheer on the Boilermaker football team as it walks through Boilermaker Crossing on its way to the locker room approximately 2 hours before the game!

IMG_85212 hours and 11 minutes before kickoff the Purdue “All-American” Marching Band will perform halftime highlights, school songs, and more in Mackey Arena alongside the Boilermaker football team and head coach, Darrell Hazell. Following the game, head over to Slayter Hill for the band’s post-game performance.

Tailgate fun is taking place at the Jazz Tailgate Concert from 10-11am at Slayter Hill. Enjoy the sounds of sweet jazz from the Purdue University Bands & Orchestras as you prepare for an afternoon of football fun.

For a whole listing of Purdue Game Day events, visit http://www.purduesports.com/tickets/tickets-m-footbl.html#gd-info.

IMG_8556Boiler up for a fun weekend! For more information about these events and other special “happenings” in Lafayette-West Lafayette, check out our website at www.HomeOfPurdue.com.

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Purdue Homecoming Weekend Update!

Purdue ISU 2015.3Purdue 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, November 6:

  • 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!
  • Celebrate with friends at the Boilermaker Night Train Parade! The parade will feature walking units, vehicles and floats made by student organizations and local businesses. The route will begin at the corner of Pierce and State Street, west on State Street, north on Martin Jischke Drive, east on Third Street before turning north on University Street and ending at Mackey Arena. The parade will highlight this year’s theme “Bundle Up Boilers”. Come celebrate our university and community at the parade! (7:30-9:30/10pm)Purdue2013

Saturday, November 7:

  • 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. (9-12pm)
  • Homecoming Celebration! Homecoming activities and entertainment on Stadium Mall, free and family friendly. (9-11am)
  • Join the football team and the “All-American Marching Band” 2 hours and 11 minutes prior to kickoff in Mackey Arena to get ready for the game during the 211° Session. Hear from the players and coaches, and the band will perform a concert.
  • Game time! Come watch as our Purdue Boilermakers take on Illinois inside Ross-Ade stadium. (12pm)
  • Celebrate a victory at the Purdue Homecoming Dance – The band “Living Proof” will perform music from several decades.  The dress code is casual. (8pm-12am)

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 Football Opening Game

1Purdue FootballByBrent Russell 2014Weekend 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.

Purdue Football is back! Head to Ross Ade to watch our Boilermakers take on Indiana State on Saturday, September 12.  To top it off it’s Band Day! Many special events take place to celebrate our wonderful university and this sport.  On Friday, September 11, take a ride on the Boilermaker Special during their Free Day Friday event.

On game day, fans, especially families, looking for fun before the game 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 open 3 hours before kickoff. Cheer on the Boilermaker football team as it walks through Boilermaker Crossing on its way to the locker room approximately 2 hours before the game! 12pm is kickoff time!  Cheer on our Boilers to VICTORY!! Boiler up!

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