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AirDrain for Natural Turf at Ludwig Field is home to the University of Maryland

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AirDrain Agronomic Drainage System for Natural Turf at Ludwig Field is home to the University of Maryland

Kehoe Track at Ludwig Field is home to the University of Maryland Soccer and Track & Field teams, and AirField Systems AirDrain keeps their natural turf soccer field healthy and dry.

More and more fans have come out to watch Maryland in record numbers over the past few seasons. Last season, the Terps set a school record in attendance with over 40,000 people. The total ranked second in the NCAA, and the Terps average attendance of 2,727 ranked third in the country. A record crowd of 6,489 to see Maryland beat Duke, 1-0, in front of a national television audience on Fox Soccer Channel. Two other games ranked in the top-five for attendance at Maryland in 2006.

As 6,214 came out to watch Boston College for the first time ever in College Park which is the second largest crowd to watch a game at Ludwig. In addition, NC State drew 4,565 which ranks fifth on the single game attendance chart. In 2005, the Terps finished second in total attendance and third in average attendance again. Highlighting the home season in 2005 was a then-record crowd of 6,203 to see Maryland play Indiana – the game was the highest attended regular season game in all of Division I.

In 2004, the Terps had three crowds of over 3,200 in games against St. John’s (one regular season, one postseason) and Duke and finished second in the country in total attendance. In 2003, nearly 30,000 people came to watch the Terps play, which also was the second-highest total in the nation. Highlighted in that year was Maryland’s battle with UCLA, which was played in front of the seventh-largest crowd in NCAA history (6,143) to watch a regular season men’s soccer game. The Terps defeated the Bruins, 1-0.

In addition to the collegiate games played at Ludwig Field, the complex has played host to numerous U.S. and professional soccer matches, as well. Among the teams who have used Ludwig Field as their home-away-from-home are the 2000 U.S. Women’s National Team and the WUSA’s own Washington Freedom.

In addition to the high-level of competition created by the excellent playing surface at Ludwig Field, the complex was also created with the local soccer fan very much in mind. The field is located directly adjacent to Parking Lot 1 and close to the University Boulevard entrance.

Numerous Terrapin All-Americans have called the field home, with Maryland fighting its way to an 113-30-7 record on its home field.

The facility is named after lifetime Terrapin friends Bob and Louise Ludwig.

Check out this CNN report:

Men’s Soccer: Maryland vs. North Carolina

Friday, September 25, 2009
Where: Ludwig Field, College Park.
When: 8 p.m. TV: Fox Soccer Channel.

Tickets: $8 for adults, $5 for youth and seniors, no charge for students. Gates open at 6:30. Seating capacity is 7,000.

Records: Terrapins 4-1-1, 1-0-1 ACC; Tar Heels 5-0-1, 2-0.

Outlook: In a rematch of last year’s NCAA championship game won by the Terrapins, eighth-ranked Maryland looks to extend its unbeaten streak to six since a season-opening loss to UCLA. The only blemish for the second-ranked Tar Heels was a 1-1 tie with Northern Illinois. Maryland is 7-0-1 in the past eight games of the series, including three one-goal victories last year. The Tar Heels haven’t won in College Park in nine years. Perhaps looking ahead to this meeting, each team had unexpectedly difficult midweek matches: Maryland missed many quality scoring chances in a 1-0 victory over St. Peter’s and North Carolina had to overcome an early deficit to defeat East Tennessee State, 2-1, in overtime. The Tar Heels, making their first road trip of the year after three exhibitions and six regular season games in Chapel Hill, lead the ACC in goals with 16, while the Terrapins are third with 13. Maryland F Jason Herrick is tied for the conference lead in goals with four and MF Matt Kassel is tied for first in assists with five. MF Michael Farfan and F Cameron Brown have three goals apiece for the Tar Heels.