COLLEGE PARK B — COLLEGE PARK -- Maryland is raising its football and basketball tickets $2 across the board to help defray the cost of the refurbishing of Byrd Stadium.
Football tickets for the Virginia opener Sept. 7 and the Syracuse and Duke games are now $19; West Virginia is $22 and Penn State $24.
Athletic director Andy Geiger says the $2 increase will remain in effect for 10 years and will bring in an estimated $400,000 a year. The state will match that.
The entire stadium bowl is being resurfaced and new bench seats installed. The showpiece of the refurbishment is the Welcome Center, a five-story building on the stadium rim that is scheduled to be used for the first time for the opener with Virginia.
It will house, among other things, a press box and luxury boxes. The center also will be the site of press lluncheons and other university functions.
The Terrapin Times, an independent alumni magazine covering all of Maryland's sports, will make its debut Aug. 19. It will be published 19 times a year; subscription price is $30. For information, call 301-530-7703.
"Maryland has been the only school in the Atlantic Coast Conference without a publication like this," said editor and publisher Keith Cavanaugh, formerly a sportswriter with the Journal Newspapers.