The official fundraising and athletics alumni engagement organization of Purdue Athletics

FAQs

FAQs

About John Purdue Club

How did the John Purdue Club get started?

In 1958, the Big Ten Conference forever changed college athletics when it announced that member schools could raise money for athletic grants-in-aid. Purdue athletics director Guy “Red” Mackey, Purdue Alumni Association executive director Joe Rudolph and Purdue Alumni Scholarship Foundation director C. H. “Cordy” Hall established the John Purdue Club in that same year. Since then, the John Purdue Club has become the model that dozens of Division I schools’ athletics fundraising programs emulate.

Who can join the John Purdue Club?

Anyone interested in the future of Boilermaker Athletics may join the John Purdue Club! Many of our donors attended Purdue, but you don’t need to be a Purdue graduate or letterwinner to show your support. Approximately 25 percent of John Purdue Club members are not Purdue alumni. 

What is the John Purdue Club membership date range?

John Purdue Club membership runs from May 1- April 30 every year, regardless of when you join or renew throughout the year.  This date range aligns with ticket and parking allocation. 

Why is the John Purdue Club important?

The Purdue University Department of Intercollegiate Athletics is one of only a handful of NCAA institutions that operates without any state or university funding. The John Purdue Club is integral in maintaining the tradition of Purdue Athletics because 100% of gifts given to the JPC go to paying more than $12.5 million in scholarship costs per school year.

What is the function of the John Purdue Club?

Each year, all 18 Boilermaker sports programs benefit from the generosity of the John Purdue Club. The John Purdue Club is responsible for raising 100 percent of the funds necessary to cover the tuition, room and board, books, and academic support costs of Purdue’s 500+ student-athletes.

Membership

How are John Purdue Club contributions used?

All of the gifts to the John Purdue Club support scholarships and academic support for Purdue’s student-athletes and improvements to our athletic facilities. Donations are NOT used for administrative costs. Administrative costs are paid through a separate budget, based on ticket sales and radio and television revenue.

Does my gift make a difference?

Every gift, no matter the amount, brings us closer to meeting the total scholarship costs for dedicated Boilermaker student-athletes. The impact of your gift reaches beyond the playing field. For Purdue’s student-athletes, an education at this prestigious university – made possible only through John Purdue Club contributions – provides the opportunity to prosper beyond athletics.

What are the membership levels for John Purdue Club?

John Purdue Club memberships range from the First Team level to the Brees level and are based on annual giving amounts. Benefits increase with both the level and duration of support. The nine annual giving levels are:
First Team ($200-$499)
Captain ($500-$999)
MVP ($1,000-$2,499)
All-American ($2,500-$4,999)
Legend ($5,000-$9,999)
Olympian ($7,500-$14,999)
Hall of Fame ($15,000-$22,824)
Champion ($22,825-$43,679)
Brees ($43,680+)

Click here for a more in-depth listing of benefits associated with each giving level. Annual memberships are active from May 1 – April 30 each year.

What is an endowed scholarship?

Members wishing to leave a permanent mark on Purdue Athletics may fully endow an athletic scholarship. When a member makes a contribution of $400,000 for an endowed athletic scholarship, the Athletic Department places the funds in an endowment account and uses a portion of the fund’s annual interest to pay for an athletic scholarship for a specific student-athlete. Donors may choose to endow a general athletic scholarship or one for a particular sport, major, or attribute.

How do I renew my membership?

John Purdue Club memberships operate according to an annual renewal deadline of April 30 in order to receive benefits for the year. JPC members may still give at any time prior to April 30. For example, if you prefer to give at the end of the calendar year, feel free to give in December for your membership year beginning the following May 1.

If you have not already made your gift, you will receive a physical renewal reminder notice and emails throughout the year. Renewals can be made online, over the phone with a credit card by calling 765.494.2582 or via mail by sending a check made out to Purdue Foundation with “John Purdue Club” in the memo line to John Purdue Club 900 John R Wooden Drive, West Lafayette, IN 47907.

You also can elect to have your gift drawn from your checking account or credit card on an annual, biannual, monthly or weekly basis to avoid the hassle of remembering to renew.

Please click here to see other giving options such as:

  • Payroll Deduction (for Purdue employees only)
  • Stock Gifts

For more information on planned giving, please click here.

Does the John Purdue Club accept matching gift contributions?

Many companies match gifts to Purdue Athletics. Call the John Purdue Club office, check with your company, or click here to find out if your company has a matching gifts program which will work with athletics gifts.

Can memberships or tickets be transferred to a friend or family member?

The John Purdue Club’s long-standing policy does not permit tickets or memberships to be transferred from one member to another. Membership, points, and benefits can be transferred only to a surviving spouse.

Tax Benefits

Is my contribution tax deductible?

With the recent change to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, passed by Congress in 2017, we ask that you consult your tax adviser for advice regarding your specific situation. Premium seats are no longer tax deductible. Indiana taxpayers are eligible for a 50 percent income tax credit for gifts up to $400 on joint returns or $200 on individual returns.

Priority Points System

What is the priority points system and how is it used?

An important objective of the point system is to properly take into account loyalty to Purdue Athletics with the amount of dollars given.

The priority point system is primarily used to determine priority in the allocation of new or improved seating, in the assignment of single game tickets, in determining football bowl and basketball tournament ticket disbursement, and for parking allocation. (Parking is also allocated first by membership level and second by priority point ranking.) Members who maintain their giving level may retain their current seats.

To access your John Purdue Club priority points, click here.

Will you describe the priority points system?

The priority point system uses the following criteria to award points:
* Continuous years as a John Purdue Club member (2 points/year)
* Years as a season ticket holder for Football, MBB, WBB, and Volleyball (3 points/year)
* President’s Council member (3 points)
* Varsity P member (4 points)
* Purdue Alumni Association Annual member (3 points)

JPC members also accrue points based on:
* Cumulative contributions (1 point/$100)
* Deferred gifts (1 point/$500)
* Premium seat/suite license (1 point/$100)
* Football bowl ticket purchases (2 points/year)
* Recruitment of new members (1 point per $100 donated by new member upon joining)

Priority points are used to determine priority for new or improved seating assignments. There are two different categories of points: lifetime and annual. Lifetime points are non-cumulative and carry over each year; annual points are cumulative and are earned each year.

Does the points system recognize deferred gifts?

Yes. Members who make deferred gifts earn John Purdue Club points immediately, with one point awarded for every $500 dedicated to Purdue Athletics. For more information and to discuss deferred giving options, please contact the John Purdue Club office at 765.494.2582.

How often are points added to my total?

Annual points are accumulated by making yearly gifts to the John Purdue Club, season ticket purchases, new member recruitment and continuous years as a John Purdue Club member. The ticket office runs new totals at least three times a year. This is typically done before football and basketball tickets are allocated, and once in the winter. Points for annual giving are accumulated whenever a member makes a gift and are updated monthly. Members can call the John Purdue Club at 765.494.2582 at any time for a points update or by logging in online

Ross-Ade Stadium Premium Seating

Do I have to be a John Purdue Club member to purchase premium seats?

Anyone purchasing premium seats must be current members of the John Purdue Club or must join in order to be eligible to purchase Ross-Ade premium seats. For more information on membership level requirements and benefits, please contact your Boilermaker Athletics Representative or call the John Purdue Club at 765.494.2582 or jpc@purdue.edu. 

Is it possible to tour to see what the Club areas look like?

Yes. To find out more information or to schedule an appointment, please contact your Boilermaker Athletics Representative or call the John Purdue Club at 765.494.2582 or jpc@purdue.edu. 

What is the cost of premium seats in Ross-Ade Stadium?

For current pricing click here or contact your Boilermaker Athletics Representative or call the John Purdue Club at 765.494.2582 or jpc@purdue.edu. 

When will my annual payment for Ross-Ade premium seating be due each year?

You will be billed in late winter, and the payment is due in early spring each year.

How do I access my Ross-Ade premium seats on game day?

You will access your premium seats via elevators from the Pavilion foyer on the stadium’s west side.

Is premium seating handicap accessible?

All premium seating is easily accessible for all persons and specific handicap accessible seating is available for each premium seating selection. To find out more information, please contact your Boilermaker Athletics Representative or call the John Purdue Club at 765.494.2582 or jpc@purdue.edu. 

Are my season tickets included in the cost of each premium seat license?

Ross-Ade premium seat prices include game tickets, along with one parking pass per four seats and many other amenities.

Will I receive a parking pass with my Ross-Ade premium seat license?

Premium seat holders with more than four seats can request one additional parking pass for every addition four seats purchased. Parking passes are allocated first based on John Purdue Club membership level and second on JPC priority points.

Is food included in the cost of the premium seating?

Complimentary gourmet chef tables, a full bar, a coffee bar, and soft drinks are available for all members of the Buchanan Indoor Club. For the Shively Club, premium tailgate food and soft drinks are complimentary with a full cash bar and gourmet chef’s table available for purchase. Suite holders have access to a variety of menu items for purchase prior to game day.

Where can I find out more information on Ross-Ade premium seating?

You can find out more information on the Premium Seating program by please contact your Boilermaker Athletics Representative or call the John Purdue Club at 765.494.2582 or jpc@purdue.edu. 

Mackey Arena Premium Seating

Do I have to be a John Purdue Club member to purchase premium seats?

All premium seat holders must be at (or upgrade to) the All-American level of the John Purdue Club. For more information on membership level requirements and benefits, please contact your Boilermaker Athletics Representative or call the John Purdue Club at 765.494.2582 or jpc@purdue.edu. 

Is it possible to tour to see what the Club areas look like?

Yes. To find out more information or schedule an appointment, please contact your Boilermaker Athletics Representative or call the John Purdue Club at 765.494.2582 or jpc@purdue.edu. 

What is the cost of premium seats in Mackey Arena?

  • For current pricing on men’s basketball, click here.
  • For current pricing on women’s basketball, click here.

Please contact your Boilermaker Athletics Representative or call the John Purdue Club at 765.494.2582 or jpc@purdue.edu. 

When will my annual payment for Mackey Premium Seating be due each year?

You will be billed in late spring, and the payment is due in early summer each year.

Are Mackey Arena premium seats handicap accessible?

All premium seating is easily accessible for all persons and specific handicap accessible seating is available for each premium seating selection. To find out more information, please contact your Boilermaker Athletics Representative or call the John Purdue Club at 765.494.2582 or jpc@purdue.edu. 

Are my season tickets included in the cost of each Mackey Arena premium seat license?

Mackey season tickets are not included in the cost of each premium seat license. All licenses must pay for the price of a season ticket in addition to the seat license fee and this is reflected on the premium seat invoice sent to licensees each year.

Will I receive a parking pass with my Mackey Premium Seats?

Mackey premium seat licenses do not include the cost of a parking pass. Premium seat holders must purchase parking passes on their renewal form each year. Parking passes are allocated first based on John Purdue Club membership level and second on JPC priority points.

Is food included in the cost of the Mackey Arena Premium Seating?

Food is an additional cost to premium seat holders.

Men’s basketball: The Wooden Club is available for courtside seat holders (Rows 1 through 4). Courtside seat holders will have access to complimentary appetizers served during halftime. Additionally, complimentary dry snacks and soft drinks are available through halftime. A full host bar is available through the 16 minute media timeout of the second half. The Spurgeon Club is available to all premium seat holders. Themed chef tables are available until tip off. A full host bar is available through the 16 minute media timeout of the second half.

For women’s basketball games, the Wooden Club is open to courtside seat holders (Rows 1 through 4). Complimentary soft drinks and dry snacks are available through halftime. The Spurgeon Club is available to all premium seat holders. Themed chef tables are available for purchase until tip off. A full cash bar is available through the first media timeout of the third quarter.

Where can I find out more information on Mackey premium seating?

You can find out more information on the Premium Seating program by clicking here or by contacting your Boilermaker Athletics Representative or call the John Purdue Club at 765.494.2582 or jpc@purdue.edu. 

Ticket Purchases

Where is the Hayes Family Athletic Ticket Office?

The Hayes Family Athletic Ticket Office is located in Mackey Arena along Northwestern Avenue.

How do John Purdue Club members purchase tickets to Boilermaker athletic events?

Members should contact the Hayes Family Athletics Ticket Office to purchase tickets. If you would like to order your tickets online, click here and use your JPC account information. The Ticket Office uses the John Purdue Club computer system, which automatically factors in ticket and parking priorities for the different membership levels. You may reach them by phone at 765.494.3194 or you may purchase your tickets in person. They are open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday and at least one hour before the start of home football, basketball, and volleyball games.

How do I order season tickets?

The most efficient way to order your season tickets is online. Season ticket holders will receive emails letting them know when ticket renewals go on sale, giving them instructions about how to renew or order online.

All existing season ticket holders will receive season ticket applications for football, men’s and women’s basketball, and volleyball. For priority seating, applications MUST meet the deadline specified on the application. Applications received after the deadline will be assigned the best available seating remaining.

Does the JPC maintain a waiting list for sold-out football and basketball games?

If an event is sold out or there are a limited number of tickets available, members will have the opportunity to put their names on a waiting list. If tickets become available, they will be allocated according to the priority points system.

Because of the limited number of tickets available for selected football and men’s basketball games, the John Purdue Club facilitates a ticket sharing program. Members are encouraged to call the JPC office when they cannot attend a game. The office then gives wait-listed John Purdue Club members the opportunity to use the tickets that have been returned. Tickets are distributed according to priority point totals and participation in the ticket sharing program. Members who turn in their tickets will receive gift-in-kind credit. A receipt will be sent for the tickets, but no value amount will be specified.

Parking

What kind of parking is available for John Purdue Club members at football and basketball games?

Only John Purdue Club members receive season priority parking passes for football and basketball games. Parking is prioritized based on membership, not on the priority points system. Members must purchase season tickets in order to be eligible for a season parking pass. Only JPC members purchasing single game tickets can request passes for games which they have purchased tickets for through the Purdue Athletic Ticket Office. If there is availability in parking lots, requests will be allocated based first on JPC level and second on priority point totals.

Please click here to for parking lot maps and more information on football and basketball parking, as well as to view parking lot choices for each JPC membership level.