The University of Maryland has seen a jump of nearly 35 percent in football season ticket sales as the program moves into the Big Ten for its inaugural season in the fall, the school reported via Twitter on Monday afternoon.
The chart in the infographic is--interesting--as far as presentations go. The 2014 numbers aren't moving from a negative to a positive (thus appearing to show more overall growth) as the orientation would visually suggest, though the increase remains significant. For more context, Byrd Stadium seats 54,000 as of 2007.
According to the university, season-ticket sales have ticked upward since the 2011 season when the program sold 7,556 packages. That increased to 11,595 in 2012 and 13,789 this past season. For 2014, Maryland has reportedly sold 18,608.
How much of that has to do with the move to a new conference? Probably a significant amount. Like, a lot of it. But it also doesn't hurt to have continuity on the coaching staff and the promise of a solid team returning from a bowl-eligible season.
Maryland's spring game didn't see the highest turnout, though. Granted, weather played a factor in that. But this is should really just be a chance to recognize Maryland's band, a unit that stood fearlessly in the face of rain and played on. Well done.
STAY STRONG, MARYLAND BAND pic.twitter.com/giXCflH6bk— Daniel Martin (@DMartinCSN) April 12, 2014