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Maryland won't play scheduled game at M&T in 2014 but likely will return soon

The Baltimore Sun

Maryland football is losing one game scheduled for M&T Bank Stadium. According to multiple officials, the Virginia Tech-Maryland game – which had been planned for 2014 – is now officially off the books since the Terps are departing the Atlantic Coast Conference after the 2013 season.

But look for Maryland to return to the Ravens’ stadium as soon as 2015. The Terps have done well there – they drew 69,348 to the stadium for a season-opening win over Navy in 2010 – and Maryland’s future schedules will obviously include some big-name, Big Ten teams that could fill an NFL stadium.

Maryland football “can diversify their offering portfolio by utilizing more than one stadium,” said Terry Hasseltine Director of the Maryland Office of Sports Marketing.

“You know Coach Edsall wants to be in the Baltimore market for recruiting purposes. Maybe Maryland rotates some of these games around so more Marylanders get to see these teams,” Hasseltine said.

Since M&T Bank Stadium is state-owned, the decision to schedule a Terps game there is made by state officials, the university and the Ravens.

The Terps – who will play West Virginia at M&T on Sept. 21 – have also played at the Redskins’ stadium. They lost to Notre Dame in 2011 in front of 70,251 fans at FedEx Field.

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