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With nearly 6,000 bleacher seats removed, the southzone at Ross-Ade Stadium is being turned into a patio area that will serve alcohol and food during games, Purdue announced Tuesday.

It is not a permanent change, as the school continues to work on an overhaul of the nearly 16,000-square-foot space.

For now, though, the Boilermakers will test a different, more social-oriented atmosphere and a commercial change in selling beer and wine. Minnesota had been the only other school in the Big Ten to do so at football games.

The patio area, with a capacity of 1,500 fans, will open an hour and a half before kickoff and will be open to season-ticket holders as well as Purdue students who buy VIP cards for access.

Depictions of the area released by the school show a massive tent in the back with umbrella-topped tables in front. The space will include six 46-inch televisions.

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July 10, 2014

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