University of Maryland to Host Multiple Events for Big Ten Move
By Bethany Hooper
COLLEGE PARK, Md.– The University of Maryland will celebrate its inaugural year in the Big Ten Conference, giving way to planned activities in the College Park area June 30 through July 1.
The two-day event starts Monday at the Under Armour Brand House in Baltimore, where guests can hear its leadership, Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany and coaches speak.
The university will then host a block party that afternoon next to Nationals Park before the Big Ten accepts the National Spirit Award at the game.
“We expect a great turnout,” says Ryan Bowles, associate athletic director for administration. “We are excited to celebrate the Big Ten in Baltimore and in Washington as well.”
The block party will have organized games, food for sale and a short program featuring Maryland President Wallace Loh, the Big Ten president, and various celebrities, according to Bowles.
The Big Ten Network will be airing the University of Maryland’s campus celebration on Mitchell Field the entire day of July 1, where there will be games, free t-shirts and new Big Ten ice cream, according to the university.
The school is already expected several hundred people for the July 1 event alone, according to Brian Ullmann, associate vice president of marketing and communications.
“We had a walkthrough just this week…and hopefully the weather will be good and we have a fun time,” Ullmann says. “These events are one part of a broader celebration.”
Transportation will only be provided to the Brand House, but there will be free parking in Lot 1 on campus July 1, according to Bowles. Campus Drive will be closed for the event.