Maryland to play Notre Dame in 2011

Terps, Fighting Irish will meet at FedEx Field

March 09, 2010|By Jeff Barker | jeff.barker@baltsun.com

Maryland and Notre Dame have agreed to meet in football at FedEx Field in 2011 in what Maryland's athletic director calls "a statement game."

It will be just the second football game between the schools. The Terps, then ranked No. 21, lost, 22-0, to the Fighting Irish at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., to open the 2002 season - Ralph Friedgen's second as coach in College Park.

Maryland will not have to sacrifice a home game, even though FedEx Field - the Landover home of the Washington Redskins - is only about 12 miles from campus. The Terps will still have seven home games in 2011. Maryland said Notre Dame will be the "home" team under the terms of its agreement with FedEx Field.

The game will be played on Saturday, Nov. 12, 2011.

Notre Dame said on its Web site that NBC is expected to televise the game nationally in prime time. "As we have looked to move one game a season around the country, playing in the Washington, D.C., area seemed a natural for us in terms of institutional fit," said Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick.

Maryland athletic director Debbie Yow said in a written statement that the school is "pleased to provide our fans a premier national-caliber game so close to our campus. It will be a statement game for our Terps football program."

Many Maryland fans have said they want the school to play a top-notch nonconference schedule. Friedgen is on record as favoring more regional-rivalry teams such as West Virginia and Navy.

The Terps, 2-10 last season, will play both teams in 2010, opening against Navy at M&T Bank Stadium. Tickets for the Terps-Midshipmen game go on sale today at 10 a.m. on Ticketmaster.

"This is great for our program and our profile," Friedgen said of the Notre Dame game. "This is a game our fans will be really excited about and our players will enjoy."

The Terps have never played at FedEx Field.

FedEx Field is increasingly becoming the site of high-profile college games. The stadium will host Indiana-Penn State and Virginia Tech-Boise State in 2010. It will also be home to Army-Navy in 2011.

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