Wednesday the University of Maryland is facing East Carolina in the Military Bowl college football game at RFK Stadium.
Other schools in the Atlantic Coast Conference received invites to bowls in Orlando, Atlanta, Shreveport, Louisiana, and El Paso, Texas. Maryland got to play just 20 minutes from campus. Many Terrapin fans like Kenny Wagner had hoped to tailgate in a more exotic locale than Southeast D.C.
"Absolutely a warmer venue. No question about it. I live in Myrtle Beach South Carolina," Wagner says.
Nearby, his son Adam Wagner was with friends playing a beanbag throwing game. He is just back from the Marines, and being in D.C. near his home state was just about perfect.
"I'm stationed in Hawaii. And it's great to come and see the Terps play live. Especially being with me dad and friends and being home instead of being in Afghanistan or overseas. Nothing beats Maryland. Nothing beats home. Hawaii is nice for two weeks. Unless your a Hawaiian I guess," Adam Wagner says.
Terrapin red vastly outnumbered East Carolina purple and gold in the parking lots. Thanks to the almost hometown team, organizers of the bowl were expecting to set an attendance record this year in the game's third year. Last season, more than 28,000 saw UCLA play Temple.