To Honor the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Baltimore.
This coming Saturday the Maryland Terps have decided to unveil their version of patriotic uniforms in the game against West Virginia.
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This marks the second year that Maryland has gone with non-traditional looking uniforms during a home game. The uniforms were designed by Under Armour, who decided to come up with a new occasion to commemorate the history of Maryland's role over the past two centuries with a bold design: the 200th anniversary of "The Star-Spangled Banner."
The pants have blue belts, except for team captains, whose belts will be red -- a reference to the Battle of Baltimore, where American military captains wore red belts. The poem is writting on the uniforms helmet and shoulder pad area.
"Saturday we’ll be wearing special uniforms against West Virginia in honor of the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Baltimore. "
"On September 13, 1814 a “band of pirates” courageously defended Fort McHenry in the historic Battle of Baltimore during the War of 1812. Two-hundred years later to the day, our team will honor the anniversary of the historic event by wearing uniforms that pay homage to it."
"The uniforms highlight the poem “Defence of Fort McHenry, “which is inscribed onto the jersey sleeve, helmet, and footwear. The logo on the helmet and pant features the outline of Fort McHenry and an image of the famous flag that flew through the night of the Battle, which inspired our national anthem. Additionally, team captains will don red belts as American military captains did during the Battle."
The Terps also announced that "Triumph" will appear on the backs of the jerseys instead of the players' names. NCAA regulations normally bar all schools except military service academies from using slogans on the backs of jerseys, but a Maryland spokesperson said the school had been granted a one-time exemption by the NCAA to wear the "Triumph" jerseys on Saturday.
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The university and Under Armour also announced a 10-year partnership extension in a release Tuesday.