The 12 schools of the Big Ten Conference have a large alumni base nationwide, and many of the colleges boast significant numbers of alumni in the Washington area. All told, Big 10 schools report having more than 91,000 alumni in the region. Alumni often gather for football and basketball game watches, crowds that likely would be in the market for game tickets at Maryland. The following are the number of graduates from each school in the Washington area, as reported by school and alumni officials:
Big Ten alumni in the D.C. area
Michigan State: 10,500
Ohio State: 9,400
Penn State: 12,000
Northwestern University officials could not provide alumni estimates Monday.