New Purdue head coach Darrell Hazell has yet to coach his first game at Ross-Ade Stadium, but he’s already christened the Boilermakers’ home. Hazell wants the stadium to be known as The Furnace.
“When you think about stadiums across the country that you’re somewhat intimidated to go into … I want to have a stadium identification that teams are going to be a little bit intimidated to go into: The Furnace, where it gets a little bit hot,” Hazell told the Purdue Exponent.
The nickname has already cleared one important hurdle: “The Furnace” has been granted approval from the Ross-Ade Brigade, the venue’s student section.
“In a perfect world … you correlate The Swamp to Florida, the Big House to Michigan, and when someone says The Furnace, you think of Purdue,” said Ross-Ade Brigade president Jason Plepel.
Hazell and co. are working to fill Ross-Ade Stadium this season. The 6-6 Boilermakers ranked 55th nationally in attendance in 2012, drawing an average of 43,588 fans. Ross-Ade Stadium has a capacity of 62,500.