This fall, Purdue’s West Lafayette students attending Boiler Gold Rush will move into their on-campus housing on Monday and Tuesday (Aug. 13-14), which may cause slight disruptions to traffic, parking and other activities in the central campus area.
Boiler Gold Rush will take place the rest of the week. The first day of classes is Aug. 20.
During the move-in days, the central campus area will experience heavy traffic that may cause delays or disruptions to normal business. The most affected areas include State Street from Grant Street to Airport Road; Stadium Avenue between Northwestern Avenue and McCormick Road; Martin Jischke Drive from State Street to Stadium Avenue; and all side roads near residence halls. More specific information about move-in is available on the University Residences website.
The R lot north of Ross-Ade Stadium, Purdue Airport lots between the Niswonger Aviation Technology Building and U.S. 231, and the Discovery Lot at Martin Jischke Drive and Harrison Street will be used by families during these days. Several areas will be posted and enforced as no parking/tow away zones.
On Tuesday, the new student induction event will take place from 4 to 5 p.m. in Mackey Arena. Before and after that period, about 7,000 undergraduate students and 5,000 parents will be walking from the residence hall areas to the arena, then returning.
On Wednesday, there will be heavy pedestrian traffic surrounding Ross-Ade Stadium from 11 a.m. until after 5 p.m. as students gather for two Guinness World Record attempts. The public is welcome to observe the record attempts and may enter the stadium beginning at noon. The Largest Human Letter record attempt will take place at 1:15-2:30, and the Most People Blowing Train Whistles Simultaneously record attempt will be 4-5 p.m. The spectators may enter through Gates E and F and will sit in Section 110 once inside the stadium. Please review the Ross-Ade Stadium Bag Policy if you plan to attend.
Motorists should use caution on and around campus and seek alternate parking locations. Faculty and staff should allow extra time traveling to and from campus, including meetings throughout the day.
Despite the anticipated increase in traffic, last year’s weekday move-ins and induction ceremony went smoothly and had little effect on staff on the West Lafayette campus, according to Dan Carpenter, executive director of Student Success Programs. Student Success staff will continue working with public safety officials and University Residences this year to mitigate disruptions.