Ross-Ade Stadium (STDM)

900 John R Wooden Drive West Lafayette, IN 47906

Author and historian John Norberg discusses the history of Ross-Ade Stadium and how fellow alums and sports enthusiasts David Ross and George Ade came together to turn a dairy farm into the iconic home of Purdue football.


Nestled on the northern edge of the Purdue University campus, Ross-Ade Stadium is home to Boilermaker Football. The stadium underwent a $70 million renovation from 2001-2003 that has made it one of the most attractive and fan-friendly facilities in all of college football.

Named for David Ross, late president of the Board of Trustees and George Ade, a playwright and humorist, it is the second largest outdoor football stadium in Indiana (60,716). On game day, the Ross-Ade Brigade comes to the stadium early, dressed in black, ready to stand and cheer the entire game.