BALTIMORE – Fans lined South President Street in front of the Under Armour Brand House to celebrate the beginning of a new era for the University of Maryland Monday afternoon.
Maryland kicked off its transition into the Big Ten Conference flanked by the Mighty Sound of Maryland, Director of Athletics Kevin Anderson, Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany, Maryland coaches and Under Armour executives.
Following an address from Nick Carparelli of Under Armour to begin the festivities, Anderson greeted the crowd and commended the conference for its commitment to the Mid-Atlantic region.
“Over the last 18 months we’ve been asked to be a partner and a member of the Big Ten and tomorrow it will be official,” said Anderson. “One thing I like to say about this whole process is that my colleagues in the Big Ten and Commissioner Delany have accepted us and welcomed us from the very beginning. We’ve never felt like we were an outsider. We’ve always been a part of the participation of becoming a true member of the Big Ten.”
Delany followed Anderson and expressed excitement about Maryland officially joining the conference Tuesday.
“The last 18 months has just been a terrific experience, getting to know Maryland leaders, faculty, athletic directors and coaches,” said Delany. “We’ve worked awfully hard over those 18 months to make tomorrow a day that everyone can feel great about.
“The Big Ten has been a great conference, established in 1896, and it’s a greater conference after tomorrow with Maryland as our newest member.”
At the conclusion of the event, attendees were given a first look at newly released Maryland/Big Ten merchandise inside the Brand House, while media in attendance gathered to speak with Anderson, Delany and Maryland coaches.
Maryland continues its celebration this evening at Nationals Park with a Big Ten Block Party from The Fairgrounds outside the stadium.
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