Byrd Stadium – Maryland Football Stadium
Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium, nestled in the corner of the University of Maryland’s campus, has been home to national championship football and men’s and women’s lacrosse teams, and to more than 50 ACC track and field champions. It served as the host to the Queen of England at a football game, and was the stage where the greatest high hurdler in history, Renaldo Nehemiah, performed his amazing feats. It also has been a regular site for the NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Final Four, where several attendance records have been shattered.
Top Crowds At Byrd Stadium
1. Penn State (11-1-75) 58,973
2. Virginia Tech (10-20-05) 54,838
3. West Virginia (9-17-83) 54,715
4. Alabama (9-14-74) 54,412
5. West Virginia (9-13-07) 53,107
6. NC State (11-9-02) 52,915
7. Boston College (11-10-07) 52,827
8. Virginia (10-20-07) 52,782
9. Georgia Tech (10-9-04) 52,733
10. Virginia (10-1-05) 52,656
11. Clemson (10-10-01) 52,462
12. West Virginia (9-17-05) 52,413
13. Penn State (10-6-79) 52,348
14. Florida State (10-30-04) 52,203
15. NC State (10-16-04) 52,179
16. West Virginia (9-20-03) 51,973
17. Northern Illinois (9-4-04) 51,830
18. Florida State (9-14-02) 51,758
19. Clemson (9-13-82) 51,750
20. Florida State (11-22-08) 51,620
21. The Citadel (9-13-03) 51,594
22. Boston College (11-19-05) 51,585
23. Clemson (10-4-03) 51,545
24. Virginia Tech (11-14-09) 51,514
25. Wake Forest (11-25-06) 51,500
26. Clemson (11-18-78) 51,376
27. Temple (9-11-04) 51,292
28. North Carolina (10-29-83) 51,200
29. North Carolina (11-1-03) 51,195
Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium – it’s the first-class home to the Maryland Terrapins and has recently gone through a major upgrade which makes it one of the top collegiate facilities in the country.
Situated at the foot of the campus’ North Hill, the stadium is named for Dr. H.C. Byrd, a multi-sport athlete as an undergraduate who later became head football coach and eventually served as university president. His vision gave University of Maryland preeminence among Eastern campus sports facilities for decades and the impetus for the Terrapins to win more ACC championships than any league school.
Since opening on Sept. 30, 1950, when Maryland defeated Navy 35-21 in the dedication game before a then school-record crowd of 43,386 fans, Byrd has undergone a number of major facelifts, three of which occurred in the 1990s. The first came shortly after the 1990 home season, when the Tyser Tower press box – a five-tier, 90-foot high, 160-foot long structure – was built on the stadium’s south rim.
In 1991, construction was completed on a beautiful new football complex – since named the Gossett Football Team House – just beyond the east end zone. This $7 million building houses football coaching offices, meeting areas, academic computer lab, locker rooms, weight room facility and a medical support area.
A bronze Terrapin sits in front of the team house, its installation coming in 1992 as part of the celebration of the 100th year of football at the university. Following the 1994 campaign, Byrd’s seating capacity increased by more than 12,000 to 48,055 when a massive upper deck was added on the stadium’s north side. The cost for the renovation exceeded $45 million. With the addition of temporary seating – which took place in 2001 and 2002 – the stadium’s capacity expanded to house more than 51,500 fans. The refurbishing of Byrd included new restrooms, bleachers and the stadium’s first formal entranceway off of Field House Drive.
The Gossett Football Team House, concession stands, restrooms and stadium portals, designed by H.O.K. Architects of Kansas City, are enclosed in sand-molded brick that matches the Williamsburgstyle brick used on most of Maryland’s 335 buildings. The brick gives the contemporary architecture a timeless veneer and unity with the university’s traditional Georgian look.
Prior to the 2006 season, Maryland Athletics entered into a partnership with Chevy Chase Bank for naming rights for the field. Just prior to the 2009 season, the name of the facility was changed to Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium.
The recently completed $50.8 million upgrade to Byrd began in November 2007 and included the expansion of Tyser Tower along the South concourse, allowing for the addition of 64 suites. Additionally, new mezzanine seating for 440 patrons was added, as well as a University suite for 200 guests. There are new work areas for the television, radio and print media, coaches and game-day staff, as well as improved seating for disabled customers.
In addition, the recent expansion, which increased the stadium’s capacity to 54,000, included a state-of-the-art scoreboard on the west concourse, which was unveiled prior to the 2008 season.
1950 – Byrd Stadium is constructed at a cost of $1 million. The original capacity was 34,680, but could be boosted to more than 50,000 with temporary bleachers around the rim of the stadium.
1953 – Byrd is home to the national champion Terrapin football team.
1955 – In a game billed as the “Best of the East” vs. the “Best of the West,” Maryland defeated No. 1-ranked UCLA 7-0. Historians called that game one of the greatest of the decade.
1957 – Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Phillip visited while former Terp head coach Jim Tatum returned to the scene of his greatest coaching triumphs. The Terps went on to upset North Carolina in what then-head coach Tommy Mont later called his finest moment as coach.
1974 – The legendary Bear Bryant returned to College Park with his third-ranked Alabama Crimson Tide on Sept. 14. Temporary bleachers were installed for only the second time in stadium history to accommodate 54,412 fans, then the largest crowd ever at Byrd. Later in the season, on Oct. 11, the then-second-largest crowd (49,647) in Byrd history watched the 15th-ranked Terps defeat 17th-ranked NC State 20-10.
1975 – The Byrd Stadium attendance record of 58,973 was set when 14th-ranked Maryland played host to ninth-ranked Penn State.
1983 – Byrd Stadium played host to what was then its second-largest crowd, 54,715, as the 17th-ranked Terps met No. 20 West Virginia.
1985 – The Terps, ranked No. 1 in the preseason by Sport magazine, set the then all-time school home attendance record, averaging 49,385 for five games.
1994 – Following the end of the football season, renovations continued with the addition of an upper deck.
1995 – Seating capacity is 48,055 – an increase of 12,000 – following the completion of the upper deck on the stadium’s north side.
2000 – Byrd celebrates its 50th anniversary.
2001 – The eventual ACC Champion Terps posted a 7-0 record at Byrd Stadium, besting the 6-0 home mark most-recently accomplished by the 1976 team.
2003 – Maryland went 6-0 at home while averaging a school-record 51,236 fans for the six dates at Byrd.
2004 – Remodeling on the Gossett Football Team House, which included meeting rooms, a dining facility and an auditorium, was completed during the summer.
2006 – Maryland enters a partnership for naming rights for the field. The Terps begin play on Chevy Chase Bank Field at Byrd Stadium.
2007 – In the spring, Maryland Athletics announced the $50.8 million stadium expansion project which includes 64 luxury suites, 440 new mezzanine-level seats, a presidential suite for 200 guests, new work areas for television, radio and print media, a new team shop and a state-of-the-art scoreboard. Construction began at the conclusion of the regular season.
2008 – A $1.2 million state-of-the-art scoreboard is installed prior to the regular season.
2009 – The completion of the $50.8 million expansion project. The name of the facility is changed to Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium.