Ticket sales for Maryland-West Virginia top 50,000

September 18, 2013

(John McDonnell/The Washington Post)

More than 52,000 tickets have been distributed for Saturday’s football game between Maryland and West Virginia at Baltimore’s M&T Bank Stadium, a Maryland athletic department official confirmed Wednesday.

The stadium, the home of the NFL’s Baltimore Ravens, lists an official capacity of 71,008. When Maryland played Navy there in 2010, the attendance topped 69,000. West Virginia fans typically travel well, so attendance number for Saturday’s game could easily swell in the days leading up to the 3:30 p.m. kickoff.

According to the official, Maryland has less than 100 tickets of its original allotted 20,000 to sell. West Virginia was given 5,000 to distribute, and the rest were sold through the Ravens ticket office.

The university will receive $3.5 million from M&T Bank Stadium for playing the game there, according to a copy of the contract obtained through an open records request.

Maryland (3-0) seeks to enter its bye week and close the first third of its season undefeated. A win would both match last season’s win total and end a seven-game losing streak to the Mountaineers that dates to 2003.

The Terps are also expected to unveil their red “Pride” uniforms during the game, according to reports. 

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