Ticket Troubles at Byrd Stadium

Jarrett CarterAnalyst ISeptember 24, 2009

COLLEGE PARK, MD - NOVEMBER 10:  Maryland Terrapins cheerleaders parade the Terps flags behind the Boston College Eagles bench as Maryland defeated Boston College 42-35 at Byrd Stadium on November 10, 2007 in College Park, Maryland.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

 

Everybody’s going through tough times, and fandom is quickly proving to be the most expendable luxury in this economy. Be that as it may, I’m sure the University of Miami is having little trouble selling out suites and things this year.

Which brings us to the Maryland Terrapins and their multi-year struggle to put Free State fans in Byrd Stadium.

Saturday’s announced attendance of 43,167 was the smallest Byrd Stadium crowd since 2002. What’s more, in just two games this season Maryland has already had two of the five smallest Byrd Stadium crowds since the start of the 2003 season.

It would be easy to throw out the “win more games” answer to this solution, but here’s another thought:

What if Maryland was able to keep some of their highest-ranked high school players at home? That would not only induce family and friends to come out, but those in the surrounding counties would then have regional ownership in the Terps’ success and fans support?

Good recruiting. Might just be a novel idea the Terps can explore someday.

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