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May
25
2014

Maryland’s move to the Big 10 will be tougher on Terrapin fans that travel to Conference Championship Events.

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Maryland is leaving for the Big 10 and that’s inevitable. Louisville is joining the ACC, and that’s obviously inevitable too. College athletics will go on, and everybody will adjust. As I was watching Georgia Tech and Maryland play today, one thought came to mind seeing the Maryland fans in attendance. Greensboro, NC is a whole lot closer to College Park, MD than Omaha, Nebraska where the Big 10 baseball tournament was being held.

This is the cost of conference realignment…. the fan. While college leaders and administrators played a giant game of RISK with university athletic programs that last few years, the fans by and large were an after thought. I’m glad this past era of realignment is over, and should another ever arise again, I would hope geographical sense is not thrown out the window as it was this last round.

Take a look at the below table. Maryland fans this year and next would have logged 2,170 Miles or an average of 338.8 miles per trip to the most popular conference championships in the ACC.

In the Big 10 a Maryland fan attending all 8 events would travel 5,981 Miles 747.6 miles per trip. Now the average Maryland wouldn’t be attending the conference championship in football if the Terps aren’t in the game, and mostly likely you aren’t going to all of the 6 other events.

That said, there are many fans that would easily jump in a car for a 0-6 hr drive. You starting getting more than 8, and that becomes a real hassle. 16 hrs or 17 hrs, and you’re booking a flight. Good luck if you are student and you want to see your team play if they make a championship final.

No conference is immune to it. Boston College’s trips to Greensboro, NC are nearly 750 Miles. College Station, Texas is over 800 miles from Atlanta, GA. It’s 1120 miles from Morgantown, WV to Oklahoma City, OK.

It is what it is, but for Terrapin fans that follow their school to Conference Champion events, it still won’t be as easy as it was in the past.

ACC LocationTime\Distance to ACC 10 EventBig 10 LocationTime\Distance to Big 10 Event
Baseball Tournament 2014Greensboro, NC5 Hrs \ 323 MilesOmaha, NE17 Hrs 13 Min \ 1155 Miles
Baseball Tournament 2015Durham, NC4 Hrs 14 Min \ 271 MilesMinneapolis, MN16 Hrs 54 Min \ 1105 Miles
Football Championship Game 2014Charlotte, NC6 Hrs 19 Min \ 412 MilesIndianapolis, IN8 Hrs 57 Min \ 574 Miles
Football Championship Game 2015Charlotte, NC6 Hrs 19 Min \ 412 MilesIndianapolis, IN8 Hrs 57 Min \ 574 Miles
Men's Basketball Tournament 2014Greensboro, NC5 Hrs \ 323 MilesIndianapolis, IN8 Hrs 57 Min \ 574 Miles
Men's Basketball Tournament 2015Greensboro, NC5 Hrs \ 323 MilesChicago, ILL10 Hrs 35 Min \ 698 Miles
Women's Basketball Tournament 2014Greensboro, NC5 Hrs \ 323 MilesIndianapolis, IN8 Hrs 57 Min \ 574 Miles
Women's Basketball Tournament 2015Greensboro, NC5 Hrs \ 323 MilesHoffman Estates, ILL11 Hrs 13 Min \ 727 Miles



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