The picture above features the 2016 Purdue Game Day Experiences Hostesses for the football season. This selfie was actually taken by me while Kriztina and I had some time to kill before our guest(s) arrived for their Press Box tour.
Our routine started bright and early in the morning before any of the football players were on the field practicing. Since Kriztina and I didn’t live too far from each other, we would meet at 9:45 am on Saturday mornings of game day to walk to Ross-Aide Stadium and begin our duties for the day.
During these walks, we would often discuss the previous tours and how they went/where we could improve; we would also quiz each other on the names of the guests we were about to hosts, and their credentials/background that they gave our manager, Amanda.
As we got to Ross-Aide around 10:00 am we would check in with security, quickly flashing our AA (All-Access) passes at security, let them check our Purdue drawstring bags (a nice complimentary item from the Athletics office), and make our way to the elevator entrance near the opposing team’s locker room.
An elderly man would usually great us as we entered the elevator, since he was the bell hop, and we would tell him we were headed for the sixth floor. This is the floor where all the athletics interns are positioned strategically on the floor to deliver the summaries of the statistics, as they were being printed every quarter, while not obstructing the traffic of the coaches, the reporters, and the even the cooks.
At 10:30 am, the intern who sat in the middle of the floor at the information desk would notify us if our guests had arrived. If so, we would introduce ourselves to the guests and their family, and hope we don’t forget the little details that they specified. For example, one of our guests took a lady on a date and he wanted to give the press box tour himself, since he used to be an intern at the Purdue Athletics office as well.
Our second most important goal of the day (behind the first which was to make sure our alumni guest had an awesome experience) was to finish our Press box and statistics tour ten minutes before the game started at noon. That way, Kriztina and I had enough time to bring our guests up to the top floor where the Purdue All-American marching band films their shows, in order to watch the kickoff from that view.
We would go starting from the left side of the press box all the way to the right detailing every important intermediate room and memorabilia. My personal favorite anecdote about why Neil Armstrong was the only Purdue Alumni who lead SHOUT during the football games, but did not sign the SHOUT board.
From there we would enjoy our lunch usually some sort of American food, in addition to the staple: Purdue grilled signature hot dogs (as shown below). Halfway through the meal, we would bordered our ten minute mark to visit the top balcony and either Kriztina or I would run up the staircase to make sure the body guard is okay with us bringing ourselves and our maximum of four guests up to the balcony.
After getting approval from the body guards, we would then proceed to lead our guests up to hands-down the best view of the field and they got to enjoy the halftime show and see the first play of the game from such great heights. Following the first play, and after taken as many pictures as the guests wanted on their phones we would make our way back to their personalized seats, on the visitors end of the press box.
The other statistics and communications interns would come up in rounds after every quarter and asked the guests if they would like the stats and summary notes even though they had an two iPads that streamed the game stats live, and they also had Kriztina and I to ask, if they had questions about anything related to the football game.
At last, when the fourth quarter rolled around, we would ask the guests wanted a breath of fresh air, and if they wanted to, we would tell them to gather all their belongings and head down to the field together. From the field we were able to experience the game live behind the right field goal post, and again one of us would hold their belongings and the other would take pictures of them on the field, giving them their full game-day experience. Finally after a long day about 3:00 pm, our guests would thank us politely and say their goodbyes, as the football team leaves the field as well.
This was the game day experience, from my perspective, in case y’all don’t save up $250 to bid for tickets to experience it in person.