The Maryland football team’s schedule for its first year in the Big Ten Conference includes visits from heavyweights Ohio State and Michigan State. Byrd Stadium will be packed for those games, whether Maryland fans show up or not.
“Now you’ve got what you want, so get out there and come support us,” Randy Edsall told ESPN 980 last month after mentioning that he heard complaints about the Terps’ schedule when he first arrived at Maryland. “Because if you don’t, there’s gonna be 20,000 people from Ohio State, 20,000 people from Iowa who are gonna sit in the stands. And if we get off to a good start, people are gonna want those tickets. Well guess what: They’re not gonna be there to be had.”
There are tickets to be had for Maryland’s season opener against FCS foe James Madison, however, and they’re dirt cheap.
A reader points out that tickets for Maryland’s 3:30 p.m. kickoff against JMU on August 30 are available for as little as $4 on StubHub, which ranks as the cheapest of all the opening weekend college football games featuring at least one FBS school. Tickets for Weber State-Arizona State and Samford-TCU are the next cheapest, starting at $6. Locally, tickets for William & Mary’s visit to Virginia Tech start at $31, while tickets for Virginia’s opener against No. 7 UCLA start at $44.
One potential reason the secondary market is flooded with tickets for Maryland’s season opener is that tickets for the Ohio State game were only sold as part of a mini-package, one of which also included tickets to the JMU game.
Thanks to @fitnessmcdaniel.