The Maryland Terrapins first year of playing college football in the Big Ten Conference was a huge success at the box office, as Maryland’s home attendance increased by 13.9% during its first year in the Big Ten in 2014.
In 2013, while playing in the ACC, Maryland drew an average of 41,278 fans per home game at Byrd Stadium in College Park, Maryland. In 2014, in its first season in the Big Ten, Maryland drew an average of 46,996 fans per home game.
It will probably be a month or two more before the NCAA releases its official list of attendance at college football games in 2014, but Maryland is very likely to be among the teams with the largest increases in attendance in 2014. Maryland sold out games vs Ohio State and Michigan State in 2014, for the Terrapins first sellouts since the 2008 season.
Maryland college football attendance up 13.9% first year Big Ten in 2014
Here’s the attendance for the six home games Maryland hosted in 2014. Four of the home games were vs Big Ten rivals.
Maryland home game opponents and attendance in 2014
- James Madison – 45,080
- West Virginia – 48,154
- Ohio State – 51,802
- Iowa – 48,373
- Michigan State – 51,802
- Rutgers – 36,673 (played with students away for Thanksgiving break)
The official seating capacity of Byrd Stadium is listed in some places as 54,000, but Maryland lists both its home games vs Ohio State and Michigan State, each game drew 51,802, as sellouts. Using the 51,802 figure, Maryland filled 90.7% of its seating capacity in 2014.
That is well up from 2013, when Maryland filled just 79.7% of its capacity. The Terrapins went 7-5 in their first season in the Big Ten, including going 4-4 in Big Ten play in what has to be considered a very successful first season in the Big Ten.