At the end of March, Purdue Athletics announced that they would dedicate one of the gates at Ross-Ade (specifically, one of the student gates) in honor of Purdue Alum, Tyler Trent. This Saturday before the game against Vanderbilt, the official Tyler Trent Student Gate will be dedicated.
According to the Purdue Press Release:
The Tyler Trent Student Gate replaces Gate E on the east side of Ross-Ade. It features gold lettering and the moniker “T2,” Trent’s signature mark. Below, on Ross-Ade’s brick façade, two plaques will display Trent’s image and chronicle his remarkable story.
The ceremony is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. and will include comments from Purdue board of trustees chair Mike Berghoff, president Mitch Daniels, head football coach Jeff Brohm and Tyler’s parents, Tony and Kelly. Purdue cheerleaders and members of the “All-American” Marching Band will attend.
Following the ceremony, the Trent family will be the first to enter Ross-Ade through the gate. They will be joined by Purdue students Josh Seals, who camped out with Trent prior to the Purdue-Michigan game in 2017, and Sean English, who in March was selected as the first recipient of the Tyler Trent Courage and Resilience Award, a memorial scholarship in Trent’s name.
While the date of the dedication happens to be the day of the first home football game of the season, it also has another significant experience, according to the press release:
The date of the dedication would have been Trent’s 21st birthday.
Tyler was a great example of what it meant to be a Boilermaker, and Purdue will continue to honor him where we first got to know him: right outside of Ross-Ade Stadium camping out the night before the game against then #8 Michigan.
The dedication event will be shown live on the Purdue Athletics Facebook page.