New "211 Session" Heats Up Mackey Arena before all 2013 football games!
Tradition will redefine itself this fall when a major pep rally and concert featuring the Purdue “All-American” Marching Band, first-year head football coach Darrell Hazell and the Boilermaker football players becomes a pregame tradition in Mackey Arena. This event replaces, and expands upon, the band’s traditional Slayter Hill concert.
“211 Session” (the degree before boiling) promises to add tremendous excitement to game day as fans are guaranteed to hear from Coach Hazell and the football squad prior to each 2013 home game. Hazell, Purdue Athletics and “All-American” Band Director Jay Gephart started exploring new game day possibilities as soon as Hazell arrived in West Lafayette, and all committed to the idea of producing a dramatic concert and rally in Mackey. It is designed to make a personal connection with fans and intensify spirit before kickoff.
Fans will need to be at Mackey by 9:45 a.m. prior to the Indiana State game on Sept. 7, which is also Band Day, to be involved in the inaugural rally. Kick-off is 12 noon. The coach and team will arrive at Mackey at 10 a.m. For all other games, the program will begin 2 hours and 15 minutes prior to kickoff.Purdue’s drumline will be on the floor of Mackey and the entire 360 member band will come through the Mackey tunnel to join them for Purdue Fanfare. The cheerleaders, Purdue Pete and other spirit elements will be integrally involved.
“The impact of this change will be tremendous for the band as it will draw hundreds, even thousands, of additional fans to our pre-game concert that never made it to Slayter Center,” Gephart says. “It is nice to know traditions like Slayter can be flexible and morph into something even more special.”
Because Slayter occupies a special spot in the hearts of band members and band alums, Gephart and his staff have decided to move the Post Game Concert from the Hovde Hall Fountain to Slayter Center. “The view from the steps of Hovde Hall has become so limited that few got to really enjoy the concert. Last season we didn’t perform many fountain concerts because of inclement weather and darkness. Moving these programs to Slayter will change all that and will help us maintain this valued tradition! ” Gephart says. A long-time tradition called the drum major breakdown will continue to be part of the Post Game Concert at Slayter Center.