WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – Football season is just around the corner and now it’s more affordable than ever to buy your Purdue football tickets.
“It may not be the most affordable thing to come every Saturday if it’s $30 (or) $40 a person, and so we tried to segment part of our stadium to provide a more affordable option for kids or families,” assistant athletics director of marketing Chris Peludat said.
A ticket in the new family zone inside the stadium starts at $5 for kids and just $15 for adults. Peludat said the cheapest you could get a ticket last year was about $20.
“It is easier to stay at home and watch games and not spend the money,” Peludat said. “We understand that. And I think we’re trying to communicate that we’re trying to make it more affordable so you can come out, have a good time, get more involved and hopefully you come back.”
The new affordable tickets went on sale last week and Peludat said sales are going well.
However, when it comes to season tickets Peludat said sales are down 30 percent from last year. Peludat said poor performance on the field and a new schedule are just a few of the reasons.
“This year we don’t have Nebraska, Notre Dame or Ohio State that are typically strong for us,” Peludat said. “The increased availability of games on TV, or tablets, or whatever it may be all of those things factor in.”
Peludat hopes sales will go up in August when the season gets closer.
Season ticket holders and students with VIP tickets also get to take advantage of the new patio at the south end zone this year. The area can hold 1,500 fans and serves beer and wine.
“Response since we’ve announced it has been overwhelmingly positive,” Peludat said about the renovations. “From a benefit standpoint to season ticket holders to an area to congregate. We didn’t really have an area inside the stadium where you could congregate and watch the game.”
Purdue also had Dynamic pricing for two games last year. That means the cost of the ticket could change depending on who the Boilermakers play, the weather and team performance. Peludat said they may try that again this year for a few games.
The Boilermakers take on Western Michigan Aug. 30 at home to kickoff the season.