By Josh Caplan
Some of the most recognizable names in sports have played in the new Yankee Stadium in the Bronx. Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez, even European soccer stars David Villa and Frank Lampard. On December 29, Taulia Tagovailoa and the Terps will be able to say they have as well.
Maryland football will take on the Virginia Tech Hokies in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl in its first bowl game since 2016. And it’s in a city close enough to where many Maryland students live, so it is anticipated lots will show up for the matchup.
Junior Kyle Cohen considers himself a big Maryland sports fan, and being from New York makes this game even easier and more special for him.
“I’ve been to Yankee Stadium a few times before,” Cohen said, “and I think it’s awesome my college team is playing there, let alone in a bowl game.”
Maryland has also recently announced that not only will there be tickets available for a student’s section, but that their seats will also be in the iconic Yankee Stadium bleacher seats along the outfield wall.
The seats are usually reserved for the ‘Bleacher Creachers’ as they’re known when the Yankees are playing, but a sea of red and orange will fill those stands for this game.
Max Garfinkle is from Fair Lawn, New Jersey, and has been going to Yankee games since he was a kid, sitting amongst the Bleacher Creatures sometimes. He says it’s fitting that the students will be sitting in those seats.
“It definitely makes sense,” Garfinkle said, “because those are usually the loudest fans in the stadium. And I don’t really think it’s a question that the students will be the loudest fans in the stadium.”
Maddy Murphy, a native of Bridgewater, New Jersey, lives about an hour-long drive away from Yankee Stadium. She says as soon as she heard Maryland was playing in the Bronx, her decision was already made.
“It was one of the easiest decisions I’ve made this year,” Murphy said, “because it’s right in the Bronx. It feels like a home game for me and all of us Maryland students in the nearby area.”
Murphy also says she has a few friends who are going to the game as well and feels as though the Terps will be well represented in the Bronx.
Should the Terps win, it would achieve two things that no current Maryland undergraduate student has seen: a winning season, last achieved in 2014, and a bowl win, which last happened in 2016.
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