The Maryland football and wrestling teams will both travel to New York to face Rutgers in 2017, the schools announced Tuesday morning. The football game had previously been reported by a few outlets back in May, but the wrestling portion had not.
Dubbed “The Big Ten Battle in the Bronx” by each school, the football game and wrestling match will both take place on November 4.
“We're thrilled to have the chance for both our football and wrestling programs to compete in such an iconic sporting venue," Maryland head football coach DJ Durkin said in a statement. "Playing in Yankee Stadium will be something that excites our players, staff and fan base. It's truly a unique opportunity and we're looking forward to it."
Maryland won its 2016 game against Rutgers thanks to a furious second-half comeback, a reversal of what happened between the two teams the previous year.
“This is will be a special experience for our football and wrestling programs at Maryland,” Maryland’s head wrestling coach Kerry McCoy added in the statement. “It’s exciting to be a part of an event at the home of a franchise as historic as the Yankees, and I know our guys are looking forward to it. As a New York native, this definitely holds special value with me and will be a unique opportunity to showcase and grow our sport.”
Maryland and Rutgers were the last two schools to join the Big Ten in its most recent expansion, and neither has quite carved out a rival yet, despite what may or may not be developing between Maryland and Penn State.