B1G changes are underway for the Maryland volleyball program. With a new coaching staff and a challenging schedule on the horizon, the Terps are poised to take the program to new heights as it transitions into the Big Ten Conference. Follow along with our weekly installment of the Maryland Volleyball Summer Series as we take an inside look at the program leading up to first serve on August 29 against Elon.
Inside Maryland Facilities
Just three weeks away from opening serve against Elon on Aug. 29, the Maryland Volleyball Summer Series takes an in-depth look at facilities and new amenities for the 2014 season.
In addition to playing matches in the XFINITY Center Pavilion, the Terps will compete at historic Ritchie Coliseum and the XFINITY Center main court on the campus of the University of Maryland this season.
The Terrapin volleyball team also announced season tickets are officially on sale for the 2014 seasons. Volleyball fans will be able to see each of the Terps’ 10 Big Ten matches, including a showdown with defending national champion Penn State on Nov. 22, with season tickets ranging from $25-$40.
Single game tickets for Maryland volleyball matches are $6 for adults and $4 for seniors (62+) and youth (3-17), while groups of 15 or more can purchase tickets for $3 per ticket. Click here for volleyball ticket info.
Maryland students are provided with free admission to matches, and are encouraged to join the Maryland volleyball student support group, the “Maryland Mob.”
“The support of our students is critical to creating a vibrant and fun atmosphere at our volleyball matches,” said head coach Steve Aird. “We want College Park to become one of the nation’s toughest places to play and the ‘Maryland Mob’ is vital to that success.”
In addition to welcoming top-ranked Penn State, the Terps will host 2013 NCAA Sweet 16 qualifiers Purdue, Michigan State, Nebraska and Minnesota.
“It is exciting that some of the best volleyball players and best volleyball talent in the country will be on our campus,” Aird said. “We hope that the community embraces the opportunity to see the sport at the highest level.”
Built after the Maryland men’s basketball team captured the National Championship in 2002, the XFINITY Center is a state-of-the-art multi-purpose arena that is home to the men’s and women’s basketball teams, the volleyball team and the wrestling team.
While the volleyball team will play the majority of its matches inside the Pavilion within the XFINITY Center, Maryland is also slated to play matches in the 17,950-seat main arena.
“We have world class facilities at Maryland and we are excited to play in three different venues this year,” Aird said. “With the XFINITY Center, we have everything under one roof. Our student athletes get the best support from our academic department, sports medicine, strength and conditioning, while being just steps away from the coaches’ offices and practice gym. It is a phenomenal set up”.
As Aird alluded to, the XFINITY Center is home to all amenities pertinent to the success of the Terrapin student-athlete, ranging from academics, to sports medicine, to strength and conditioning. Concession stands are also provided throughout the XFINITY Center and the Pavilion.
Maryland’s XFINITY Center Pavilion holds 1,500 fans and is known to be loud on matchday. Last season, the Terps used home court advantage to win 11 of their 16 games in the Pavilion, including seven consecutive victories to open the 2013 campaign.
The Terrapins will make their first appearance on the XFINITY Center main court since Oct. 15, 2010, when they played Miami in front of a record crowd for that season.
Although the facility schedule has not been officially released, the Terps plan to return for a match in historic Ritchie Coliseum for the first time since Nov. 8, 2002.
Built in 1931, Ritchie was home to basketball and boxing matches until Cole Field House was built in 1955. During the 1930’s, boxing was the most popular sport and was known to draw more than 6,000 fans – far exceeding the arena’s capacity.
The volleyball team also plans to capitalize on Ritchie’s close proximity to Fraternity Row, getting involved with Kappa Alpha’s “Breast Fest” and connecting with Phi Kappa Tau for a volleyball tournament philanthropy event.
“I’m really looking forward to connecting with the chapter of fraternity and sorority life with athletics here at Maryland,” Aird said. “We are thrilled to support Kappa Alpha and Phi Kappa Tau and all of the great work they are doing. Many of our home matches will feature philanthropy that our IFC friends and our team are passionate about. The support of the IFC will make our matches exciting to attend and it will be a great way to introduce volleyball to a new fan base.”
Ritchie provides a fantastic mezzanine seating level that will give fans a tremendous perspective of the action from above.