An insider’s guide to making the most out of away games.
The Buckeyes will be on the road to face Penn State, Maryland, Purdue, and Michigan State, and we found some students from each state to show us the proper way to do a road game while still keeping all the emotions and feelings you get while pregaming and celebrating on Ohio State’s campus.
Pack your bags (with only Ohio State gear, duh)—it’s time for a road trip.
Bailey Carr | Transferred to Ohio State from Purdue
What’s the go-to place to get some good grub?
Triple X is definitely the campus landmark. It is hard to miss, perched on the hill that leads into campus, with its orange and black building. It’s been featured on Diners, Drive Ins, and Dives, and its claim to fame is the Duane Purvis burger—a burger with peanut butter spread on it.
What’s the best place to grab a drink before the big game?
There are really only a few bars on Purdue’s version of High Street, called State Street. There is a Brother’s, but Purdue’s iconic bar is called Harry’s Chocolate Shop. Brother’s is the more typical college sports bar with tv’s and whatnot, and is more spacious. Harry’s is the better classic dive bar with corner booths and free popcorn, and I personally think Harry’s should be hit up after the game, so there is more time to enjoy it without having to worry about remaining functional enough to make it to the game.
How do we get to the stadium?
Being that most hotels are either across the river from campus or a few minutes away, Uber is probably the best way to reach the stadium. However, if you are already on campus, the stadium is easily walkable. If you are at the bars beforehand, it is probably about a 20 minute walk to the stadium.
It’s a big if, but IF the Buckeyes lose, where’s the best spot to sulk and what drink do you recommend?
Harry’s! Its going to be a rough one if we lose—we’ll have been bested by a historically irrelevant football team. And not only that, but bested by a team that runs out onto their football field by following Purdue Pete in a choo choo train. It’s going to sting. So hit up Harry’s, drink Jack on the rocks, and puke up their popcorn. You are not an official visitor of Purdue until you puke up Harry’s popcorn.
Post-game Sunday scaries got ya down?
My favorite brunch place from my time there is called Another Broken Egg Café. They have awesome brunch food, but also usually a long wait to get in. Another good spot is called Town and Gown Bistro. I believe they do mimosa pitchers there.
What are the most Insta-worthy spots around the area?
The most Insta-worthy spots I can think of to showcase your time in West Lafayette are the Purdue archway that leads to campus off the engineering mall, one of the fountains in the middle of campus, or the iconic bell tower.
Are there anything places that are overhyped?
On their campus there is a spot where a railroad is that is supposed to be symbolic of something, as well as an engineering feat called the clapping circle that makes a weird noise that only the person who claps in it can hear…I wouldn’t say either landmark is so interesting that time really needs taken to visit it. A much better investment of time would be at Harry’s or Triple X!
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