Capital One Field at Maryland Stadium - Maryland Terrapins Lacrosse
Photos by Gregory Koch, Stadium Journey
Stadium Info FANFARE Score: 3.71
Capital One Field at Maryland Stadium 90 Stadium Dr College Park, MD 20742
Maryland Terrapins lacrosse website
Year Opened: 1950 Capacity: 51,802
The Maryland Terrapins are one of the most successful college lacrosse programs in the country, winning three NCAA titles, most recently in 2017, and finishing runner-up an additional nine times. In all, the Terps have made the Final Four 27 times, and as of the end of the 2021 season had made the tournament every year since 2003 (excluding the canceled 2020 tournament). The Terrapins play their home games at Capital One Field at Maryland Stadium, which is also home to the football program. The stadium has a full capacity of 51,802, although the maximum capacity for lacrosse is typically lower as they do not sell all the seats.
The stadium was originally known as Byrd Stadium, after university president Harry “Curley” Byrd, but his name was taken off the stadium in 2015 due to his staunch racism and his role in preserving segregation in the University of Maryland System during his tenure.
Food & Beverage 3
Although Maryland Stadium has many concession stands, most are not open for lacrosse. Only one or two of the many stands will typically be open, serving just basic options such as chicken tenders, hot dogs, pretzels, soda, and water. As with football, beer is available at Maryland lacrosse games for $10 a can, with a limit of one per person per trip.
Prices can be pretty high – the tenders and fries will cost $10, for instance, and bottled water is $4.
College lacrosse is huge in Maryland, where it is the official state team sport (but not the official state sport, which is jousting). A Terps game is no exception, and the school does a great job of getting fans into the game, starting with a pregame hype video that is comparable to what you would see at many football and basketball games across the country.
There is music played after every Terps goal and giveaways and promotions on the concourse. There are activities during timeouts just as you would see for football or basketball, and local youth lacrosse teams will scrimmage at halftime. There is also a mascot named Testudo, a turtle who can be seen roaming the stands or appearing on the field before and during the game. All in all, the atmosphere here is comparable to what you would see for football or basketball at many schools.
As for the stadium itself, most seats are metal bleachers without backs except for a small number of reserved chairbacks. Normally only half of the lower bowl is open for lacrosse, but they may open the other half when they are expecting a large crowd, such as against a fellow Maryland school. The upper level will rarely if ever be open for lacrosse. There is a large, recently upgraded video board at one end of the stadium and a smaller one at the other end.
College Park is a small college town with enough in the immediate area to get by but is really nothing special. There is a bowling alley a couple of miles away, and a bunch of chain restaurants within walking distance. If you’re looking for some local color, College Park Diner is a favorite with residents and students alike and serves up comfort food 24 hours a day. Looney’s Pub on Route 1 is a sports bar with dozens of big-screen TVs for your viewing pleasure. A couple of hotels are located nearby, including a Marriott just off campus, and The Hotel on-campus. (Yes, the on-campus hotel is literally called The Hotel. Not a very creative name).
That being said, if you’re looking to do more than eat and sleep, your best bet is to head down to the Metro station and take the Green Line into D.C. It’s about a 30-minute ride to downtown. Once you’re there, there’s so much to do and most of it is free. Whether it’s visiting one of the historic monuments and memorials, visiting one of the numerous museums, or simply walking outside on the National Mall, there’s something for everyone. All government-run attractions are free to the public, though some privately-run ones are not. Just keep in mind if you want to tour the Capitol or White House, you will need to reserve that ahead of time.
Maryland routinely is at or near the top of the country in attendance, with a typical game drawing several thousand fans. While this might not seem like a lot in a 50,000+ seat stadium, it will seem like it’s much fuller than it actually is. Part of this is because the fans are compressed into a smaller area than they would be for football, so the actual capacity is far less than 50,000, but a large part of it is due to the fans themselves. They are passionate, knowledgeable, and loud. They know not just about the Terps players but about the sport in general – during breaks in the action, fans can be heard discussing college lacrosse news from across the nation.
When the Terps are playing an in-state rival like Loyola or Johns Hopkins, or another nearby school like Georgetown or Virginia, expect a good number of away fans to make the trip to College Park as well. They will still be outnumbered by the Terps fans, and it will still feel like a Terrapins home game, but visiting fans shouldn’t face any overly hostile treatment.
The University of Maryland campus is located just a few miles off of I-495 (Capital Beltway) and Maryland Route 295 (Baltimore-Washington Parkway). However, there is a very good chance you will sit in heavy traffic getting from the highway to the stadium. Although gameday-related traffic is not nearly as bad as it would be for a Terrapins football game, traffic in this area is notoriously terrible in general, so you may find yourself in bumper-to-bumper traffic for seemingly no reason at all.
Once you’re on campus, free parking is available in Lot 1/Z all day on weekends and after 4 PM on weekdays. Maryland Stadium has lights so it is unlikely there would be a weekday afternoon game, but if there is one, fans will need to park in a nearby garage and pay money for it. This will almost certainly not be an issue unless a game has to be rescheduled or there are some other unusual circumstances. From Lot 1/Z, the stadium is about a five-minute walk away. Once inside the stadium, concourses are more than wide enough for the lacrosse crowds, and bathrooms are of ample size, though keep in mind it is possible not all restrooms will be open for lacrosse.
Return on Investment 5
Tickets to a Maryland lacrosse game are only $10 for general admission seats in the metal bleachers, or slightly more if you want a reserved chairback. However, unless having the chairback is important to you, we suggest just buying the general admission seats as they actually put you closer to the action and provide a better view of the game. Parking is free, barring unusual circumstances, and while concessions are expensive, they are not outrageously so. Considering this is one of the top college lacrosse experiences in the country, it is well worth the money. While some other college lacrosse programs are cheaper or even free, you get what you pay for in terms of the experience.
The fans are among the best in college lacrosse and are worth a bonus star here. There will often be giveaways on the concourse, which could be anything from pom-poms to t-shirts. Look for the marketing table for more information.
Maryland is often regarded as the epicenter of college lacrosse, and a visit to a Terrapins game shows exactly why that is. In some parts of the country, lacrosse is just another random sport the college sponsors, but not here. This is one of the best college lacrosse experiences in the country, both from a fan perspective and in terms of the product on the field. There are so many great college lacrosse programs in the area that a fan with only a short time to visit couldn’t possibly check out all of them, but this is one of, if not the, best of them.