Purdue AD confirms department planning to have Ross-Ade Stadium at capacity in 2021
Add Purdue to the growing list of schools in the B1G that is planning to host a full-capacity crowd at its home stadium during the 2021 college football season.
In a recent conversation with Black & Gold Illustrated’s Tom Dienhart, Purdue athletic director Mike Bobinski said the university is planning to have Ross-Ade Stadium at full capacity when the Boilermakers hit the field this fall. Multiple ADs across the conference have echoed similar sentiments this spring.
“I can tell you what we’re planning, because you have to plan this way,” Bobinski said. “You can’t ramp up your capacity plan at the last minute. So, we’re planning for the opportunity to have full capacity in there right now.”
Bobinski admitted that there could be alterations to that plan, based on state and local health recommendations. But the plan, for now, is to prepare to have a full stadium for the opening kickoff in West Lafayette.
Last season, the B1G restricted attendance to only a limited number of family and friends of players and coaches. Bobinski does not believe the conference will have a say in how schools handle attendance for the upcoming academic year.
“No, no,” Bobinski said. “I can answer that one quickly. No. I’m almost certain at this point, and I know President [Mitch] Daniels is very strongly in this camp, that decisions should be made locally this year.”
Earlier this year, the B1G eased its restrictions on attendance for the remainder of spring sporting events and spring football games, allowing those decisions to be made by each individual institution.