Eleven years ago, the Maryland men’s and women’s basketball teams said goodbye to Cole Field House, trading their longtime digs for the swankier Comcast Center. But next month, the teams will return to the legendary arena.
On Oct. 18, the doors to Cole Field House will open for Maryland Madness, representing a merging of the old and new for both programs.
“Cole Field House represented many of the most iconic and memorable moments in Maryland basketball program history,” Terps men’s basketball Coach Mark Turgeon said in a statement. “Cole was host to multiple hall of fame coaches and countless All-Americans that helped make Maryland basketball what it is today. It will be a special evening for our fans, students, alumni and our university as we reconnect with the historic past of Cole Field House and Maryland basketball.”
Since shutting down after the 2001-02 basketball season, Cole Field House has primarily served as a student activities building, but was once home to more upsets of No. 1 teams than any other national venue. The Maryland men’s basketball team cut the ribbon with a 67-55 win over Virginia on Dec. 2, 1955, and closed the doors with a 112-92 win over the Cavaliers on March 3, 2002.