Maryland, Rutgers announce “Big Ten Battle in the Bronx” for 2017

September 13, 2016 | WNST Staff


COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The University of Maryland athletics department announced Tuesday it will take part in the “Big Ten Battle in the Bronx,” a football and wrestling doubleheader between Rutgers and Maryland, at Yankee Stadium on Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017. The event will be hosted by Rutgers University.

The outdoor wrestling match, which will be the first in the history of Yankee Stadium, will take place first, before DJ Durkin’s football program takes on Rutgers later that afternoon.

“We are thrilled to participate in such a prestigious event at one of the world’s most iconic sporting venues,” said Maryland director of athletics Kevin Anderson. “I am excited that our fans will have the opportunity to view both our football and wrestling programs on such a unique platform. We look forward to working with the New York Yankees, the Big Ten Conference and Rutgers University to make this a memorable event for all.”

The game will mark Maryland’s first game in a Major League Baseball stadium since it played Oregon State at then-AT&T Park in San Francisco, Calif., in 2007. While Maryland has never played at Yankee Stadium past or present, it did defeat Syracuse, 20-0, at the Polo Grounds on October 24, 1936.

Maryland leads the all-time football series against Rutgers, 6-5, dating back to 1920. The pair of programs has split its meetings as Big Ten foes, 1-1.

“We’re thrilled to have the chance for both our football and wrestling programs to compete in such an iconic sporting venue,” said Maryland head football coach DJ Durkin. “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.”

The Maryland wrestling program has a storied championship pedigree, including 26 conference championships with three coming under the direction of head coach Kerry McCoy. The team boasts 217 individual conference champions, 27 All-Americans and two NCAA Champions in its 76-year history.

“This is will be a special experience for our football and wrestling programs at Maryland,” said head wrestling coach Kerry McCoy. “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.”

Ticket information for the “Big Ten Battle in the Bronx” is still to be announced.