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Alexander Field

West Lafayette, IN

Home of the Purdue Boilermakers

3.6

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Alexander Field (map it)
1350 McCormick Rd
West Lafayette, IN 47906


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Year Opened: 2013

Capacity: 1,500

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The Purdue Boilermaker baseball team began its second season in 2014 in its still-sparkling new stadium, Alexander Field. Named for the parents of longtime Purdue baseball coach, Dave Alexander, this ballpark seats 1,500 spectators in a cozy setup. Alexander Field is located on Purdue's Northwest Site, which is two miles northwest of Purdue's football and basketball facilities. This external site also houses the athletics department's soccer field, cross country course, tennis facility, and the university's Grand Prix track. Alexander Field opened in 2013 and was constructed with an option to expand to a capacity of 2,500.

3.6

What is FANFARE?

The FANFARE scale is our metric device for rating each stadium experience. It covers the following:

  • Food & Beverage
  • Atmosphere
  • Neighborhood
  • Fans
  • Access
  • Return on Investment
  • Extras

Each area is rated from 0 to 5 stars with 5 being the best. The overall composite score is the "FANFARE Score".

Food & Beverage    3

The concession stand selections at Alexander Field are very typical for a college baseball venue. Hot dogs, turkey dogs, bratwursts, and nachos all sell for $4. A soft pretzel, box of popcorn, and Cracker Jack are available for $3. The drink choices consist of a bottle of water or Coke product for $3. A soda in a souvenir cup goes for $5. Basically, you won't be surprised by the concessions at Alexander Field, but you also won't go broke or hungry. Fitting with the size of the venue, the concession stand immediately behind plate is the only location to grab a snack.

Atmosphere    4

The novelty of Alexander Field and the solid fan support create a very enjoyable atmosphere for a Purdue baseball game. The wide and clean concourses encourage fans to mill around and appreciate the venue.

Since all the seats are entered from behind, it is easy to leave your seat and walk around without fear of blocking the view of other fans. Every seat is close to the action on the field, though the seats that are not blocked from the elements by the press box do tend to be plagued with some persistent wind characteristic of the Midwest. The operations crew is quick to play some tunes in between innings and for Purdue player walk-up songs.

There is a functional digital scoreboard in left center field, but no video board, which seems a bit surprising for this modern stadium. Still, some interactive quizzes are conducted between innings to keep fans entertained. The 7th inning stretch is a piped-in version which seemed to draw weak participation from the fans. During a recent Sunday afternoon game there was a promotion of "Bark in the Park," where fans were invited to bring their dogs and sit with them in the grass berm on the left field line, so this added some variety to the stadium's clientele.

Neighborhood    3

Alexander Field's does not have an immediate neighborhood, so nearby is completely void of restaurants or other interesting destinations. This is a negative by-product of the ballpark's Northwest Site location.

If you are passing through the Purdue campus before or after the game, you will be quite pleased with the extended neighborhood of Alexander Field. Chauncey Hill is on southeast corner of campus about three miles from the stadium and is a quintessential college town commercial district. The local favorites for bars are Harry's Chocolate Shop, Brother's Bar & Grill, and Jake's Roadhouse. Despite the name, Harry's Chocolate Shop does not serve any desserts.

For a non-alcoholic drink, stop in the nearby Discount Den for a Den Pop, a Purdue staple of a 32 ounce fountain drink for 60 cents. It may be worth a visit prior to the game, and you can bring the drink along with you.

For a more relaxed experience, check out Nine Irish Brothers, a traditional Irish pub down the hill from Chauncey, near the levee. There is also a Buffalo Wild Wings for those fans looking to catch up on other news in the sports world before or after a Purdue game. If you are looking for a quicker bite to eat, there is AJ's Burgers & Beef, Dawson's School House of Chili, Chipotle, Qdoba, Noodles & Company, and Potbelly Sandwich Shop.

Fans    4

The Purdue baseball fans do their part well to support their Boilermakers. The cozy seating of only 1,500 was almost completely filled for an April Sunday afternoon tilt against Ohio State. In the middle of a season in which Purdue is only two games above last place in the Big Ten standings, this is quite a respectable turnout. The fans are quite vocal when appropriate, but on this day, Purdue did not provide many of these opportunities. Regardless, when the Boilermakers trailed big late in the game, the fans tended to stay in the stadium and cheer. Alexander Field tends to cater more to families rather than students, due to its distance from campus, unlike the old Lambert Field.

Access    4

Navigating to Alexander Field is a simple task, as the stadium is located on McCormick Road, the main north-south corridor on the west side of the Purdue campus. It is also easily accessible from U.S. 231. Bathrooms are spacious and plentiful in Alexander Field. With just a single level of seating, all spectators are close to the bathroom-laden concourse. Considering its isolated location, the parking situation is not as great as one might expect. All parking is free, but unless fans arrive more than 30 minutes before the game, they will be forced to park along the entry road or at the soccer stadium lot and walk a few minutes to the gate.

Return on Investment    5

Attending a Purdue baseball game at Alexander Field is a very economical way to enjoy some high-quality Big Ten baseball. For general admission seating, adult admission is $5, while students and youth are $2. This will give you a backed bleacher seat outside the home plate region or access to the grass berm on the left field line. If you would rather enjoy the game from a chairback seat, an $8 ticket will get you a private seat between home plate and the press box.

Extras    2

One bonus point for the shimmering modern stadium that is Alexander Field. Its press box and concourses are gorgeous and celebrate college baseball. The planners did a fantastic job picking a perfect size for the venue. If the Purdue baseball program happens to achieve more success in the coming years, the option for expansion will be very convenient.

One bonus point for the large banners honoring the 2012 Big Ten Champion Purdue baseball team. While that team did not have a chance to play in Alexander Field, they closed out the old Lambert Field in style. As this team earned Purdue their first Big Ten championship since 1909, it is fitting that their accomplishments are celebrated in the new venue.

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Crowd Reviews

Alexander the Could Be Great

Total Score: 3.43

  • Food & Beverage: 3
  • Atmosphere 4
  • Neighborhood: 2
  • Fans: 4
  • Access: 4
  • RoI: 5
  • Extras: 2

After closing out Lambert Field in thrilling fashion, coming from behind to capture the 2012 Big Ten Conference Baseball Championship, Purdue Baseball began a new era at Alexander Field starting with the 2013 campaign.

The project was approved in May of 2010. Construction began on the new stadium in the summer of 2011 and it was scheduled to be completed before the start of the 2012 baseball season. Unfortunately a series of construction delays pushed back the stadium’s opening to spring of 2013.

The ballpark has a capacity of 1,500, but can be expanded to 2,500 if necessary. Home runs can be a bit of a challenge with 330 feet down the right field line and 340 feet to left. The power alleys are symmetrical with 368 feet in left center and right center, and it’s 408 feet to straight away center field.

Back to the Basics of the Game

Total Score: 3.29

  • Food & Beverage: 3
  • Atmosphere 4
  • Neighborhood: 4
  • Fans: 4
  • Access: 2
  • RoI: 4
  • Extras: 2

I visited Alexander Field for the first time Friday, April 18th 2014 to see the Boilers take on the Michigan Wolverines. The new facility is a major upgrade considering the team's old home at Lambert Field. From a fan's perspective, it is pretty bare. There are no huge video boards, no extraneous activity, nothing to take away from the game. It's a baseball purists dream. They focus purely on the game without sacrificing modern amenities that you'd see across the country. Food offerings were what you would expect at the park, and the fans are into the game. My only complaint is the distance from Purdue's main campus. If you make the 5 minute drive, campus is lively and has a great bar district. Recommend catching a game at least once.

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Local Food & Drink

Brothers Bar & Grill  (map it!)

306 W State St,

West Lafayette, IN 47906

(765) 746-1090

http://www.brothersbar.com/

Jake's Roadhouse  (map it!)

135 S Chauncey Ave

West Lafayette, IN 47906

(765) 743-5253

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Jakes-Roadhouse-and-Garage/54671590938

Discount Den  (map it!)

135 S Chauncey Ave

West Lafayette, IN 47906

(765) 743-6622

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Discount-Den/146583332063237

Nine Irish Brothers  (map it!)

119 Howard Ave

West Lafayette, IN 47906

(765) 746-4782

http://www.nineirishbrothers.com/

Harry's Chocolate Shop  (map it!)

329 W State St

West Lafayette, IN 47906

(765) 743-1467

http://www.harryschocolateshop.com/

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West Lafayette Hilton Garden Inn  (map it!)

356 E State St

West Lafayette, IN 47906

(765) 743-2100

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