Upsets are one of the best things about college sports. When two teams are going head-to-head and giving it all they’ve got, it’s something special to watch. And an upset is exactly what happened last season when Ohio State met Purdue on the gridiron.
While the Boilermakers won’t get a chance to take down the Buckeyes again this season, some big name programs will be visiting Ross-Ade Stadium. The home schedule opens with two non conference games but after that, get-in prices drop to $40 giving fans a chance at affordable Big 12 action.
Outside of the Ohio State upset, Purdue’s 2018 campaign was solidly improved, if unremarkable. They finished the year with a 6-7 record (5-4 in conference), earning a trip to the Music City Bowl where they lost to Auburn. The personnel on the field this year, however, will be markedly different. D.J. Knox and David Blough, the backbone of the Boilermakers offense, have both graduated; guys like Markell Jones, Kirk Barron, and Antonio Blackmon have moved on as well.
There’s also been some coaching turnover, with cornerbacks coach Derrick Jackson and tight ends coach Mark Tommerdahl both departing. Greg Brown, Auburn’s previous secondary coach, was hired to fill former vacancy, while the later was filled by an internal promotion of quality control assistant Ryan Wallace.
Looking at the schedule, the Boilermakers start the year with two tough non-conference home games. The home opener is a visit from the Vanderbilt Commodores and resale ticket prices are on the higher end of the spectrum; the average secondary market ticket price is $87, but seats are available beginning at $50. That game is followed by a match-up with the TCU Horned Frogs. Tickets for that game are a little more expensive than the opener, with an average resale price of $94 and a get-in price of $60. For the season, the overall average secondary market price for Purdue is $74.
After that, the Boilermakers get into the conference portion of their schedule and prices drop. All of their remaining home games—visits from Minnesota, Maryland, Illinois, Nebraska, and Indiana—cost virtually the same price on the secondary market. The average resale price for those game sit between $50 and $55 while the get-in price for each game is $40. That consistency is likely due to the fact that there aren’t many tickets on the resale market yet, but it does demonstrate that the backend of the schedule is held in lower esteem by the fans.
While Purdue hasn’t made single game tickets available yet, season tickets are available in each section of the stadium. Prices range from $126 per ticket in the upper sections behind the end zone to $494 for the best seats in the house. End zone seats also have a value tier, which cuts the price if you buy four or more seats together.
If you’re going to attend any games at Ross-Ade Stadium, there are some policies to remember. Like many other schools, Purdue only allows clear bags and small clutches into the stadium; it’s also worth remembering umbrellas aren’t allowed inside, so make sure you leave yours in the car. You can also use mobile, print-at-home, or physical tickets to enter the stadium, so feel free to use whichever option you find most convenient.
While there aren’t many Purdue football tickets on the secondary market as of now, we can still draw some conclusions about this upcoming season. Boilermakers fans clearly hold the opening two games in higher regard than the latter part of the schedule; that’s probably due to a mixture of early season excitement and the chance to see two schools that usually won’t visit West Lafayette.
The latter portion of the schedule is clearly in lower demand, but you’ll want to keep an eye on those tickets if you’re interested in scoring a deal. Once more tickets start to hit the market, prices will surely move, so you’ll want to be paying attention; prices will also move once the season starts and the team’s performances begin to trend one way or another. Either way, the tickets will be something to keep an eye on.