Maryland's Atlantic Coast Conference football game against Clemson next Nov. 15 will be played in Baltimore's Memorial Stadium, Athletic Director Dick Dull announced yesterday.
The Terrapins will forgo their home field of Byrd Stadium to meet the Tigers at Memorial, where they have drawn capacity crowds in single appearances the last two seasons. They also are considering playing Penn State there in 1987 and 1989 and making a permanent arrangement for one game a year, Coach Bobby Ross confirmed.
"This is the only game we are committed to at this time, but we are discussing the possibility of additional games in the future," Dull said in a statement.
Maryland met Miami at Memorial before an overflow crowd of 62,350 in 1985 and lost to the Hurricanes, 29-22. In 1984, the Terrapins defeated Clemson, 41-23, before a crowd of 60,575.
"I'm happy about it myself," Ross said. "We've had two sellout crowds there the last two years and we've gone a long way towards involving others in our program. The way I look at it is, it's a stadium that has given us in excess of 60,000 each time. There is no question that our crowds there have been our most vocal . . . I know that Dick is talking about Penn State, and we're in the process of thinking about making it a yearly thing."
Also, Ross said that although he has not yet signed his new long-term contract at Maryland, "there's no problem. It's all in the hands of people who are settling things."