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Ross-Ade Stadium (West Lafayette, Ind.)



  • Existence: 1924-

Historical Information

Ross-Ade Stadium opened in 1924. Named after famed Purdue alumni David E. Ross and George Ade, the stadium was intended for athletic contests and physical and military training. Its dedication occurred November 22, 1924, in a game against Purdue's rival Indiana University. The Boilermakers won the game 26-7. From 2001 to 2003 Ross-Ade Stadium underwent a major renovation, adding seating, concessions, and an upper deck on the east side of the stadium. Multiple other renovations have occurred since the intitial stadium construction.


Ross-Ade Stadium. Purdue University Facilities and Buildings Historic Database. Accessed May 26, 2020.

Found in 3 Collections and/or Records:

Purdue University Athletics collection

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSP 160
Scope and Contents The Purdue University Athletics collection documents Purdue athletics from the earliest years to recent times. The majority of the collection consists of items related to Purdue football; a scrapbook of clippings from the 1800s that contains Purdue football related articles from Lafayette, Indianapolis and Chicago newspapers. The clippings include an article about Purdue’s first football win on November 16, 1889, an article about the game against Wabash, November 23, 1889, that prompted the...
Dates: 1880 - 2016

School of Hospitality and Tourism Management collection of Purdue photographs and memorabilia

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA 82
Scope and Contents The School of Hospitality and Tourism Management collection of Purdue photographs and memorabilia collection (1890-1991; 4.8 cubic feet) documents general Purdue history and various Hospitality and Tourism Department events and activities. Photographs portray various student activities and campus scenes from the decades surrounding the turn of the twentieth century, originally on display in the HTM Café. Photographs also depict culinary events during the 1980s. Types of materials include:...
Dates: 1890 - 1991

Ross-Ade Stadium records

 Collection — Box: Communal Collections 60, Placement: 01
Identifier: UA 112
Scope and Contents The Ross-Ade Stadium Records contains two information pamphlets about Ross-Ade Stadium and the Ross-Ade Foundation, one from 1924 and one from 1925. They list members of the Ross-Ade Foundation as well as provide information about the recreational field and stadium.
Dates: 1924 - 1925