June 28, 2014
With the University of Maryland and Rutgers University set to become official members of the Big Ten on July 1, both institutions have planned events to celebrate their entrance into the conference.
Maryland will kick off its two-day festivities on Monday with a trip to the Under Armour Brand House in Baltimore for the official launch of exclusive Maryland/Big Ten inaugural apparel. The event, which is open to the public, is slated to begin at noon ET and will include a brief program featuring Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany, Maryland Director of Athletics Kevin Anderson and Maryland coaches and staff. Music, will be provided by the Mighty Sound of Maryland.
The fun continues with an event Monday night at Nationals Park where Maryland and BTN will play host to a block party at the Fairgrounds, adjacent to the ballpark, beginning at 4 p.m. There will be an appearance by the Big Ten mascots and all Big Ten alumni are encouraged to join Maryland alumni and celebrate this new era. The Big Ten will be honored with the Nationals Spirit Award during a pre-game ceremony prior to first pitch of the Nationals/Rockies game at 7:05 p.m.
On Maryland’s first official day as a member of the Big Ten Conference, there will be an on-campus celebration on Mitchell Field from noon-1:30 p.m. The event will feature the special unveiling of the Big Ten ice cream, interactive games, t-shirt giveaways and appearances by the Mighty Sound of Maryland, Testudo and the Spirit Squad.
Rutgers will celebrate its entrance into the Big Ten with “R B1G Party” at High Point Solutions Stadium on Tuesday. Admission is free to the event, which begins at 7 p.m. on the field and concludes with a fireworks display at approximately 9 p.m.
Delany, Rutgers President Robert Barchi and Director of Athletics Julie Hermann will speak at the celebration, which will also feature coach and student-athlete interaction, the cheer and dance squads, the Rutgers Marching Band, and live music. A multitude of activities will be set up on the field for guests to enjoy.