Slayter Center of Performing Arts
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The Slayter Center of Performing Arts is located on the main campus of Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana, USA. It is an outdoor concert bandshell completed in 1964 and dedicated May 1, 1965. The facility was a gift from Games Slayter and his wife Marie.
The natural amphitheater created by Slayter Hill can hold 20,000 people. Architect Joseph Baker used Stonehenge in England as a basis for the concept of the Slayter Center. The 200-ton concrete roof is suspended by stainless steel cables from a tall steel tripod and the stage can seat an orchestra of more than a hundred. Below the stage are a rehearsal room, dressing rooms and storage facilities. Slayter Center is home to the Purdue Jazz Bands.
On the morning of home football games, Slayter Center becomes the site of a pep rally known as "Thrill on the Hill." The Purdue All-American Marching Band performs upbeat tunes showcasing music from their half time show for the day, plus other selections from the season's repertoire. Fans can meet and get autographs from the Purdue Cheerleaders and mascot Purdue Pete, or check out the Boilermaker Special before heading to Ross-Ade Stadium with the band for the pre-game.
During the school year, movies are projected onto a large, inflatable screen in front of the amphitheater. In winter, students sled on Slayter Hill.