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Capital One Field at Byrd 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.
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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.
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 offi ces, 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 fi rst 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.