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Attendance at Maryland: For the Byrd?

We're very interested in feedback on Eric's story in today's paper regarding Maryland football attendance. I've heard and read lots of different reasons why Terps fans don't go to football games, and some seem more legitimate than others.

Ultimately, the program's performance should be the deciding factor, though it seems when it comes to football, fans are slow to believe and fast to jump ship. Not until Coach Ralph Fridgen's third 10-win season did crowds at Byrd begin to regularly exceed 50,000.

So you tell us: Why do fans show up at Byrd or why do they stay home?

By Matthew Rennie  |  October 24, 2008; 9:59 AM ET
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Comments

Prediction:

NC State – 27
Maryland - 10

Maryland will finish with a 5-7 record.

I am extremely happy that Penn State is ranked number 3 in the country - and very soon to be ranked number 1 - this will definitely hurt Maryland's recruiting this year.

West Virginia’s win over Auburn, will also hurt Maryland’s recruiting – which is good news.

I am happy that Maryland is no longer recruiting Tavon Austin.

Jelani Jenkins, Travis Hawkins and Isaac Holmes will be signing with the University of Florida.

Go Tar Heels

Posted by: hclark1 | October 24, 2008 11:58 AM | Report abuse

Umm cause the economy sucks and people don't have as much disposable income.

Posted by: Thundershock | October 24, 2008 12:19 PM | Report abuse

As a Maryland Alum, I can say that the product is not great. College football is watered down as the best athletes are spread all over the country. Also, ticket prices are expensive to see amateurs. I love the University, but the ACC doesn't have the talent coming into College Park. Florida State isn't a good program anymore, so there is really no draw to make it to College Park. Also, the games take too long to Complete. If the prices were a bit lower, and if Maryland was a better football team, then maybe I'd start attending games on Saturdays!!

Posted by: austingh3aolcom | October 24, 2008 12:21 PM | Report abuse

It's the economy stupid

Posted by: Barno1 | October 24, 2008 12:56 PM | Report abuse

Barno - Go back to RI!

Maryland football has always been an afterthought - with the huge amount of attention placed on the Redskins, the D.C. area's football attention span is serverly limited.

Combine that with the inconsistency of the Terp football program, and it's recruting problems vis a vis WVU and Penn State, and they will always have trouble fillng Byrd Stadium.

As to Penn State being number 1 soon - nah, but a UT - Penn State BCS championship would be great!

Posted by: JohnDinHouston | October 24, 2008 1:17 PM | Report abuse

GREAT NEWS:
Barring a drastic change of heart, it appears unlikely that Dunbar running back Tavon Austin will stay in Maryland for college.
Austin told Rivals.com's Mike Farrell this week that he’s narrowed his list of schools to three.
“I haven’t taken any official visits lately,” Austin explained. “I went to West Virginia a little while back and that went pretty good. I’m not going to take all five of them.
“I’m taking an official to UNC on November 7, and I think I might make my decision after that. I’m looking at West Virginia, North Carolina and Michigan right now, but I might not make it to Michigan. I’d say West Virginia is leading by a little bit.”
• In Mike Farrell’s Weekly Whispers column, the Rivals.com analyst says that Hawkins and his Quince Orchard teammate, defensive end Jason Ankrah, have been impressed with Penn State’s 8-0 start.
Speaking of Penn State, numerous prospects who didn’t have interest in the Nittany Lions suddenly are interested after the team’s awesome start. While Gaithersburg (Md.) Quince Orchard defensive end Jason Ankrah has always loved Penn State, teammate Travis Hawkins - a cornerback - once again is showing a lot of interest.
* Jelani Jenkins and Isaac Holmes will be signing with the University of Florida.

Go Tar Heels !

Posted by: hclark1 | October 24, 2008 2:52 PM | Report abuse

Barno - Go back to RI!

Maryland football has always been an afterthought - with the huge amount of attention placed on the Redskins, the D.C. area's football attention span is serverly limited.

Combine that with the inconsistency of the Terp football program, and it's recruting problems vis a vis WVU and Penn State, and they will always have trouble fillng Byrd Stadium.

As to Penn State being number 1 soon - nah, but a UT - Penn State BCS championship would be great!

Posted by: JohnDinHouston | October 24, 2008 1:17 PM

Spoken like a guy who has no idea what he's talking about. Maryland "will always have trouble fillng Byrd Stadium"? What planet are you living on?? Maryland has broken several attendance records in the past few years and nearly every top 20 crowd in Maryland history has occured under Ralph Friedgen's watch. That is why they are in the midst of exanding the stadium right at this very moment.

"Maryland football has always been an afterthought"??? Hey John D, 1998 called...they want their talking points back. The Terps football program have been anything BUT irrelevant the past 7 seasons, save for the 04-05 fiasco, going to 5 bowl games out of those 7, including 3 major bowls: Orange Bowl, Gator Bowl, and Peach Bowl.

Here's a dollar, go buy a clue.

Posted by: Barno1 | October 24, 2008 6:58 PM | Report abuse

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