Maryland football's huge Saturday contest with Ohio State is officially a sell out, the school announced in a press release Thursday.
The game will be Maryland's first home contest in the Big Ten, facing their first ranked opponent of the season after a strong 4-1 start, which has included back-to-back comfortable road victories over Power 5 opponents. While Ohio State is still a comfortable favorite, the Buckeyes have struggled this season, losing to Virginia Tech and giving up a number of big plays against Cincinnati, and many expect this to be a close affair.
According to the release, it's the first sell out for the Terrapins since Nov. 22, 2008, when Maryland hosted Florida State in a prime-time game on national television. Byrd Stadium's capacity is listed most places as 54,000, but it's since been bumped down to a little under 52,000 after temporary bleachers were removed). The official attendance for the Florida State game was recorded at 51,620 -- 22nd-most all-time for Maryland.
Ohio State reportedly returned some of their ticket allotment for the game, so expect this crowd to be largely pro-Maryland. The news comes on the heels of a report that the Terps' 25 percent attendance increase is tops among all Power 5 schools in the nation.