1. Ross-Ade > Notre Dame Stadium
Every time someone works up a sports bucket list, for some reason Notre Dame Stadium ends up there. Save yourself $200 and just imagine your high school stadium with the same horrible wooden bleachers and sad concessions, then add 80,000 seats. Totally not worth $200, right?
Horseshoe-shaped old beauty Ross-Ade, meanwhile, has a massive HD board (replays!) and food that actually beats a middle school volleyball match (hello, grilled tenderloin sandwich at the new South Endzone Party Patio). Oh, and help yourself to a People’s Brewing Co. Sgt. Bravo. That’s right. Local craft beer. At a college football game.
2. Purdue tailgate, also better
From the fans filling the surrounding lots with cars/ trucks/ Gold and Black ambulances/ hearses and so forth, to the top-flight tailgating just a short stumble away on Slayter Hill, to the thousands of students getting after it in front of the fraternities or at Breakfast Club (translation: Halloween at the bars every game day at 7am), the pre-game party options are endless. Of course, if dodging excise cops in a field two miles from campus is your thing, there’s always South Bend.