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Purdue unveils south end zone patio

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MorganBurkedidn'twantPurdue'stemporarysouthendzonetolooklikea"countyfair."
AndbasedonpicturesandinformationbeingreleasedTuesday,hisplanmightsucceed.Thetemporaryplanforthesouthendzone,wherethenow-torn-downbleacherssatpreviously,callsforalandscapedplatform-officialsarecallingitthe"SouthEndZonePatio"-witha3,200-square-foot,high-peaktent,twopergolaareasandvariousotherseatingandstandingoptions.Itwillincludesix46-inchtelevisions,allowingfanstowatchPurdueandothercollegefootballgames.
Season-ticketholders,includingstudentswhohavepurchasedVIPcards,willbeabletoaccessthesouthendzonearea,viathestaircasesonthesoutheastandsouthwestsidesofRoss-AdeStadium(sections101and129),orbyleavingandre-enteringthroughGateAorGateN.Thoseeligiblewillbegivenaspecial"AccessPass"togainadmission.Space,however,islimitedto1,500fansatatime,withthepatioopening90minutesbeforekickoffandclosingattheendofthegame.Itwillhavefouraccesspoints,twoonthewestandtwoontheeastsides.
"IthinkitwillbeaplustotheseasonticketholdersandIthinkitwillappealtotheyoungandyoungatheart,"saidBurke,Purdue'sathleticdirector,lastmonth,whenthedepartmentdecidedtomoveearlyontheproject.
Also,tailgate-stylefood,beerandwinewillbeavailableforpurchaseinthearea,butfanswillnotbeabletoleavewiththosetootherpartsofRoss-Ade.Thepatio,whichcoversabout16,000-squarefeet,willalsobethegame-dayhometotheBoilermakerSpecialandwillbedecoratedinathemehonoringtheBoilermakers'"CradleofQuarterbacks"and"DenofDefensiveEnds."
Amonthago,Purduedecidedtoriditselfofthesouthendzonebleachers,citingcoststomaintainthestructuresagainstlong-termplanstotearthemdown.Inthefall,BurkesaysPurdueplanstohaveadesigncontest,allowinghalfadozenarchitecturefirmsconceiveplansforapermanentstructure.Thosedesignswouldbebasedoffoffanfeedback,viaanonlinesurvey,alongwiththoseoftheadministrationandothers.Atthispoint,Purduehasonlylooseconcepts,butcostanddesignisn'tfirm.
Burkesaysthetemporaryplanwillalsobeusedtogeneratefeedbackonalong-termproject.
"Thinkofithasanextensionasthemarketingsurvey,"hesaid."We'llhaveenoughinputsothatwhenwe'rereallyreadytogo,wewon'thavesomefansoutheresaying'Well,whydidn'ttheydothis,orthat?'Wehavetonarrow.Ultimately,it'saboutcreatinganexperienceforthefansthatgetsthemoffthecouchandintothestadium."
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