It looks like it isn’t just the Maryland Terrapins die-hard fans who are excited for this year’s change to the Big Ten in football. According to a University of Maryland press release, ticket sales are up by around 5,000 (as shown by the infographic above). That’s a pretty substantial jump, and considering the packages have gotten slightly more expensive from last year, and is still the best of the Edsall regime.
The Terrapins are looking for any edge they can get, and a packed Byrd House is a must if they want to maintain a semblance of home field advantage. Folks have to remember that most Big Ten stadiums look more like the Roman Coliseum in comparison to Maryand’s sub-60K seat offering. These Big Ten teams are used to playing in front of massive crowds, on a massive stage, and raucous environments. No matter what, Maryland was going to have to step up heading into the conference. And by the looks of it, they have.
We also got two official kick off times for the Terps 2014 season. The school announced today that the homecoming game against the Iowa Hawkeyes (that feels weird) will be at noon on October 18th. The game will be on either ESPN, ABC or the Big Ten network. The Terrapins also play the Wisconsin Badgers at noon, although this one is on October 25th but will air on the same channels.
Clearly, the homecoming game has tailgating implications, but that’s never dissuaded an SEC team from going all out. I highly doubt it’ll affect some of the Big Ten travelers, either. This is the new way of life; get accustomed. Regardless, the games should provide plenty of excitement for fans. Wisconsin finished 9-4 last year and Iowa finished 8-5. Both teams are loaded at the running back position and are capable of putting up solid numbers. Maryland has to be better than these two if they want a shot at being competitive in the Big Ten, so these games will be good barometers.