This afternoon Mike Bobinski had an official announcement regarding the planned renovations of Ross-Ade Stadium:
Update on the Ross-Ade Stadium renovation.#AskPurdueSports — sponsored by @RuoffMortgage. https://t.co/zygnt7Umgo pic.twitter.com/JphtIfpf8E— Purdue Athletics (@PurdueSports) April 23, 2020
This is not a major surprise because of the whole global pandemic going on, and Purdue was still in the early planning stages of it anyway. We have seen some pretty pictures and renderings dating back to when Morgan Burke was in charge, but nothing in the regards of an official “Yes, this is absolutely what it will look like” has been released. Purdue obviously was not close to putting a shovel in the ground and begin building. In fact, I would estimate that was already at least a year or two off because of the necessary fundraising even after Bob Rohrman’s gift.
As Bobinski mentioned, the scoreboard construction on the south end of the field is still underway because that was already planned and paid for. It is also going to be high enough that it will accommodate whatever eventually replaces Morgantown on the patio. Another factor is that Purdue has to find a way to pay for all this, and doing a nine figure football stadium construction project it not a great idea int he middle of an economic recession.
Hopefully there is football to be had when Purdue is scheduled to open the season on September 12 against Memphis.