Retriever Soccer Park was voted as one of the top nine places in the country to watch college soccer, announced by the NCAA on Friday. Fans nominated venues from around the country, with RSP making the list in the top nine.
"I'm happy to see that the rest of the country is finding out what is already known in Maryland, that Retriever Soccer Park is one of the best places in the country to watch college soccer," head coach Pete Caringi stated. "It is a credit to our students, alumni, fans and the Baltimore soccer community. On top of that, we have one of the best student supporter groups in Lot 17."
UMBC ranked 14th in national attendance in 2017, averaging a program best 1,616 fans per game. Retriever Soccer Park saw the attendance record broken not once, but twice in 2017. On August 28th against Howard, 2,873 fans packed the hill to watch the Retrievers down the Bison 3-0. That record would be shattered weeks later when then No. 1 Maryland came to town. The Retrievers and Terrapins battled to a 1-1 draw in front of a sold-out crowd of 3,766.
Morrison Stadium (Creighton), Jeffrey Field (Penn State), Spry Stadium (Wake Forest), FirstEnergy Stadium (Akron), Stone Stadium (South Carolina), The Wendell & Vickie Bell Soccer Complex (Kentucky), Ellis Field (Texas A&M), and Ute Field (Utah) also made the list of top places to watch soccer.
Honorable mentions included GCU Stadium (Grand Canyon), Dick Dlesk Stadium (West Virginia), Corbett Soccer Stadium (South Florida), Anderson Stadium (Providence), Shaw Field (Georgetown), Lanny and Sharon Martin Stadium (Northwestern), and Armstrong Stadium (Indiana).
"Lot 17 brings the energy felt at an SEC football stadium to every single men's soccer game at Retriever Soccer Park. Whether it is your first game or your 100th, Lot 17 gets fans right on the sidelines and right on their feet cheering. No matter the weather or location, we are the most loyal fans in sports," Bradley Ingram, former Lot 17 president said.
The Retrievers finished 2017 with a 7-6-5 record, going 2-4-1 in America East play, falling to eventual champion Albany in penalty kicks in the first round. UMBC was ranked for the seventh time in the past eight seasons, reaching No. 16 in the Soccer America Top 25.
UMBC opens the 2018 slate against Temple on Friday, Aug. 24 at Retriever Soccer Park. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.
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