Maryland is playing their season opener at home against Howard. The Terps are off to a good start on the field, though the crowd has been lacking.
Emily Giambalvo, sports writer for The Washington Post, tweeted several pictures of the crowd attendance.
The pictures show the lackluster crowd showing at the start of the game and at the end of the first quarter.
Maryland has struggled with attendance in recent years.
Crowd at the end of the first quarter pic.twitter.com/SrhDVD9m96
— Emily Giambalvo (@EmilyGiam) August 31, 2019
Surprising for a season opener, but unsurprising given the opponent. As has grown common in college football, there’s a clear recipe for a good crowd turnout.
The first key to crowd turnout is typically winning. If you put a good product on the field, that will attract the fan-base. The Terrapins are coming off a 5-7 season in 2018. They ended the year with four straight losses.
The second key is marquee opponents. It’s difficult to draw a crowd when a team is playing easy opponents like Howard.
Next week, Maryland has a big-time match-up with Syracuse at Maryland Stadium. Will that draw a better crowd? Most likely.
Syracuse is ranked 22nd in the AP poll. The game next week should draw a bigger crowd than today’s dismal turnout.
First, Maryland needs to take care of business against Howard though. Something tells me they’ll be able to do just that.