WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — Purdue University trustees approved Friday the plan to install lighting at Ross-Ade Stadium and renovate portions of campus.
Trustees gave the OK to plan, finance and construct permanent field lighting at Ross-Ade Stadium, as well as seek assistance from the Ross-Ade Foundation. This project would meet Big Ten requirements for night football games that will be scheduled by the conference in the future.
Purdue Athletic Director Mike Bobinski said it will be an all-around positive change for Boilermaker football.
“Not only from a game presentation perspective, but also from attendance — which really matters,” Bobinski said. “So obviously, those are all positive things for me and I think I don’t see any downside to the lighting issue. I think it’s going to work for us on a lot of different levels.”
The project, which is estimated at $5.6 million and paid through gift funds, is expected to be done from March to August of next year.
Purdue News reports only three Big Ten teams are currently without permanent lighting — Purdue, Northwestern and Michigan State, and MSU plans to install lighting for next season.
Trustees also approved renovations to the Hall for Discovery and Learning Research, which includes improved lab and office spaces for both Purdue’s Institute of Integrative Neuroscience and the Institute of Inflammation, Immunology and Infectious Disease.
The main renovations are projected to cost up to $12 million, which would come from reserve funds as part of the Purdue Moves. If additional funding can be found, another $5 million would be used for other renovations for campus space.
Construction would begin in June 2017 and wrap up in May 2018.
Purdue officials said these renovations would convert underused space into research areas that support key university initiatives.