Football Game Parking Impacts

Parking Garage Restrictions and Paid Event Parking

University Street and Northwestern Avenue parking garages are designated parking locations for home football game (refer to the schedule) attendees. Additionally, the Northwestern Avenue Parking Garage is designated for attendees of home men's basketball games.

Anyone entering the Northwestern Avenue and University Street garages after the designated times below on home game days — including those who have an "A" or "Student Garage" permit — will be required to pay event parking rates or provide a prepaid, digital athletic event parking permit to gain access.

  • These garages will become event parking locations at 7 a.m. on football game days.
  • No overnight parking the night before will be permitted.
  • Vehicles that remain in either garage as of 7 a.m. on football game days will be ticketed and towed at the owner’s expense.

Additional Parking Locations with Restrictions and/or Towing

Parking is restricted in the lots and streets surrounding Ross-Ade Stadium, Mackey Arena and the Mollenkopf Athletic Center when home football, basketball and volleyball games are scheduled. These lots will have "No parking" signs with tow times posted prior to the events. Vehicles must be removed from the lots prior to posted tow times or will be towed at the owner's expense. The tow time for football games is as early as 6 a.m. but is subject to change. 

The following parking lots and locations will be subject to towing beginning at the posted tow time, and a map is available on the Purdue Sports website:

  • A, C, F, FB Staff, G, H (upper and lower), K, M, N (new for 2023), O, P, Q, R, S, U, W, Y, Z, AA, BB, EE RV1, PP, RV2 (south Discovery Park gravel lot*), RV3 (north CREC lot)
  • Armory lot (new for 2023)
  • Hill Top "loop”
  • John Wooden Drive from Stadium Avenue to Tower Drive
  • Lawson Computer Science Building, lot north of
  • Northwest Athletic Complex – baseball and softball parking lots
  • Owen Residence Hall north lot, north of Tower Drive only
  • Purdue University Student Health Center lot (new for 2023)
  • Ross-Ade Stadium ramps
  • Schowe House
  • Third Street between McCutcheon Drive and McCormick Road
  • Tower Drive from John Wooden Drive to Martin Jischke Drive

* The gravel portion of the Discovery Park lot at the southwest corner of Harrison Street and South Martin Jischke Drive will become athletic event parking for RVs the evening before each home football game. Beginning at 5:15 p.m. on pregame Fridays, vehicles without an athletic parking permit in the gravel section will be towed from this location. Vehicles in the "A" and "A or B" permit spaces on the paved surface at the north end of the lot will not be towed.

Towing Location

Any vehicles towed during athletic events will be taken to the lot at the southwest corner of Harrison Street and South Russell Street. 

Alternate Campus Parking

Faculty, staff and students who are on campus for business or academic needs leading up to or during athletic events are encouraged to seek alternate parking to avoid paying event rates.

The Wood Street Parking Garage and a number of parking lots and street locations have relaxed evening and weekend parking enforcement. Review the downloadable parking map (PDF) for other alternate locations.

Before parking in alternate locations, all motorists should watch for posted signs that require a specific permit 24/7, such as residence hall permit spaces, to avoid receiving a parking citation. Other temporary or permanent signage may also restrict parking. Some parking lots, especially those near athletic facilities, are subject to towing on event days. Those who have a current university parking permit will receive email notifications of tow warnings and athletic event parking for upcoming home football and men’s basketball games.

Athletics Information

Questions about athletic parking or events should be directed to the Hayes Family Ticket Office from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at 765-494-3194 or

Visit the Purdue Athletics website for more information about scheduled events.

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