Purdue Game Ticket Information

Submitted by SpikeFan2016 on September 17th, 2017 at 11:36 AM

PSA for those living in the Chicago Area, Indiana, or Michigan who might be thinking of attending next week's Big Ten Opener.

The best bet to buy tickets currently is from the venue itself, which has all types of ticket options at lower prices than secondary markets. Secondary prices are higher than venue prices and the venue has much lower fees than Stubhub & co.


TICKETS (For reference, Michigan's sideline is Section 102-109)

  • $85: midfield, Michigan sideline; tickets available in 106L and 104H
  • $75: 15-35 yard line on the Michigan sideline; tickets available in 106H, 104L and 103H
  • $55: 10 yard line thru goaline on the Michigan sideline; tickets available in 103L-101H
  • $45: Lower endzone tickets; tickets available in 117L-113L
  • $40: Upper endzone tickets; tickets available in 117L-113L

WHEN: 4:00PM ET Saturday, September 23rd

WHERE: Ross-Ade Stadium, West Lafayette, Indiana

  • 2 hour drive from Chicago
  • 3 hour drive from Kalamazoo 
  • 3.5 hour drive from Grand Rapids 
  • 4 hour drive from Ann Arbor
  • 4.5 hour drive from Metro Detroit

This is Michigan's first trip to West Lafayette since 2012 and UM will not go again until at least 2022.

With the Boilermakers looking much improved under a new head coach, plus Homecoming Day, this should be the best environment in Ross-Ade in many years (the stadium looks to be about 75-80% sold out currently). Let's fill it up with plenty of maize and blue to support our team!


I don't have any information about Parking or Tailgating, so if someone knows that scene please comment below!



September 17th, 2017 at 12:35 PM ^

Parking is free everywhere except a few areas for tailgating. The golf course and north side of the stadium lots charge along with the intramural fields and surrounding areas sourhwest of Ross-ade stadium.

If you want to bar hop, I recommend parking in Lafayette (across the river) somewhere on Main Street and slowly making your way to the game. Stop by Lafayette Brewing company for craft beers and great food, DT Kirbys for the Chicago bar feel, Chumleys for over 100 beers on tap. You can hit Scotties, then Jakes, and you should hit Harry's for the Purdue nostalgia bar. The last three are considered more of the Purdue bars. It is probably a 1.5 mile walk in all, but lots of stops on the way and it lets you sober up on the way back (remember that they serve beer in the stadium). It lets you get out easy as well.


September 17th, 2017 at 11:54 AM ^

I'm not going myself, but very much wish I could.

I'm worried too, but if we were to lose I'd rather be there in person (Boiler fans are harmless and we can still feel bad for them) and not have to listen to the announcer du jour going insane because you know the entire game they'll be rooting for Purdue. 


September 17th, 2017 at 12:21 PM ^

According to Hammer and Rails (Purdue's SB Nation blog), the official away sections are typically 117-120. However, these are some of the worst seats in the stadium and not on Michigan's sideline. I'm also not sure if that's the case for this game, given those sections are the least sold out in the stadium (barely any seats have sold) and I can't imagine that UM wouldn't use nearly any of their allotment... They are in the endzone corner on Purdue's side, in the Northwest corner of the stadium. I imagine U of M's allotment was split between these sections, with a smaller number in the lower seats of the Michigan sideline for players/coaches' families and high level donors.


So I guess the short answer is that I'm not sure. Although, in general, Michigan's sideline will have a decent amount of maize and blue even if you're not in an official UM section. 


rob f

September 17th, 2017 at 1:08 PM ^

in sections 117-120 means sitting among the Michigan faithful AND having the sun at your back rather than in your eyes, though, especially if it's a clear day. Keep in mind that kick-off is 4 pm and the late-afternoon glare of the sun in late afternoon in September is pretty intense.

A B1G +1 to you, though, for your OP and your reply.

Swayze Howell Sheen

September 17th, 2017 at 12:16 PM ^

likely one of the worst destinations in the big ten except perhaps east lansing.

I asked a friend who live there to take me out to eat. They asked if I wanted Italian or Mexican. I chose Mexican and so we went to Chipotle. I asked what the Italian option was. He said "Noodles and co." This is not a made up story.



September 17th, 2017 at 12:40 PM ^

I live in Lafayette and while I agree the town isn't fabulous (it is heavy industry), I think your friend just doesn't know what the hell he is talking about. Lafayette has the most restaurants per capital of any city in Indiana. Literally, the whole downtown is packed with family owned, non-chain restaurants. It's one of the things Lafayette is known for.


September 17th, 2017 at 5:35 PM ^

The game is not likely to 100% sellout, but maybe.

Purdue hasn't fully sold out a game since 2008 for a rivalry game against Indiana. 

Given that you can buy tickets online for $40 currently, I'm not sure how much money you'd save by scalping and why that would even be worth it. If you're going by yourself, you'd definitely be able to find something. But you'd probably save $20 maximum, so, idk why that should be a dealbreaker. 

The gas for your drive would be more expensive than the ticket. 

rob f

September 17th, 2017 at 8:54 PM ^

You can still buy multiple seats together in many sections, but as I went through the process this evening (I pulled the trigger on 3 in section 120 at about 6:30), I found out that some sections no longer had 3 seats available together. And if you are looking for the cheapest seats ($40 upper end zone), only singles are available as of about an hour ago.

rob f

September 17th, 2017 at 9:59 PM ^

I've been to Ross-Ade at least a half dozen times already for the Michigan-Purdue game and tried the scalper route just once about a dozen years or so ago. Unless I just wasn't looking in the right places, there just weren't many tickets to be found and I nearly missed the kick-off.

I have no idea to what extent, if at all, scalping is regulated or prohibited near the stadium, but the near total lack of street vendors was a huge surprise. And I've bought from scalpers in several places over the years with no problems, including at Minnesota, IU, and Iowa over the last couple seasons.


September 17th, 2017 at 1:03 PM ^

The Drew vs Drew game. Purdue won on a last second FG. From my vantage point it looked wide left but when I got to see in on TV, it did make it through the upright. At one point we were ahead 28-10 at half time but our Drew went cold in the 2nd half, and  due to Carr's conservative play calling once he has a big lead.


September 17th, 2017 at 8:13 PM ^

If anyone is still looking, I have 2 on the spreadsheet. PU was supposed to be our road trip this year, but they moved my son's parents day game to Saturday.


September 17th, 2017 at 8:44 PM ^

Thanks for the tip!  I just bought 4 for a total of $196!  I live in Chicago and will be taking my 16 year old son and 2 of his buddies.  If there is an area where the mgobloggers will be tailging please post the location!


September 17th, 2017 at 8:44 PM ^

Thanks for the tip!  I just bought 4 for a total of $196!  I live in Chicago and will be taking my 16 year old son and 2 of his buddies.  If there is an area where the mgobloggers will be tailging please post the location!