With Maryland’s move to the Big Ten, fans will have to get used to new venues and atmospheres during the 2014 football season and beyond.
Athlon Sports did an interesting piece that ranked all the Big Ten football stadiums in order. They used a panel that consisted of several Big Ten analysts and writers, including former Ohio State and Tennessee Titans running back Eddie George, David Jones of the Harrisburg Patriot-News, and Gerry DiNardo of the Big Ten Network. There were a total of 12 voters on the panel.
When it was all said and done, Byrd Stadium finished 10th out of the 2014 stadiums in the conference. The Terrapins finished ahead of Indiana, Northwestern, Purdue, and Rutgers. DiNardo, Kevin Noon (BuckeyeGrove.com), and Braden Gall (Athlon Sports/SiriusXM) ranked Byrd Stadium ninth, which was the highest for any of the 12 panelists.
10. Byrd Stadium, Maryland
Opened: 1950 Capacity: 54,000
Dr. H.C. Byrd was a multi-sport athlete and University of Maryland alumnus who went on to coach the football team and also served as university president. The building, nestled at the foot of campus’ North Hill, has gone through various rounds of renovations (1995, ’04, ’07, ’09). Although it has taken time for the building to round into form, the improvements, including upper decks seating, presidential suite and state-of-the-art scoreboard, make Terps games much more enjoyable today than just 15 years ago.
Ohio State’s Ohio Stadium topped the list and Nebraska’s Memorial Stadium came in second. Go check out because it’s definitely a good refresher on some of the top venues that Maryland will be traveling to this fall!