Purdue to install air conditioning, create more space in visiting team locker room
Jim Harbaugh’s griping has led to some change in the Big Ten.
During B1G Media Days, Purdue athletic director Mike Bobinski told reporters that air conditioning will be added to the visiting team locker room at Ross-Ade Stadium before the start of the 2018 season. The Boilermakers AD also said that additional space will be created outside the locker room.
“We had done a lot of things during the season last year to bring things up to speed,” Bobinski said, according to the Lafayette Journal & Courier. “We’re installing an air conditioning system in there to cool the place off, particularly with four home games to start the season. That was the right response.”
The state of the visiting locker rooms at Purdue came under scrutiny after Harbaugh ripped the facility for not having air conditioning, a lack of space and no medical equipment available.
Purdue did make some small renovations in the middle of last season, updating chairs and flooring in the locker room, which was constructed in the 1980s.
“We checked off all the things we felt were weaknesses,” Bobinski said. “The last piece was the air conditioning.”
The Boilermakers are scheduled to host Northwestern in the season opener on Aug. 31.