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Maryland returning to Cole Field House for future games?

Oct 22, 2013, 9:00 PM EDT

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In an offseason that saw dozens of programs revamp the surface of their home floors with unique styles and colors, Maryland head coach Mark Turgeon would like to see his team return to Cole Field House, one of the most historically-filled gyms in the country. No, not permanently, but for a special game each season.

Located in the heart of Maryland’s campus, Cole Field House was home to Terrapins’ basketball from 1955 until 2002 when the Comcast Center opened. Currently, Cole Field House is being used for student intramurals and other activities, but Turgeon believes there is a great opportunity for it to generate more money for the university and interest in the program.

“The building’s sitting right there on campus,” Turgeon told The Washington Post. “A lot of people love it, and we could make money by using it. Why wouldn’t we?”

In this day and age where many college athletic departments — big and small alike — are seeking creative ways to generate additional revenue, hosting a game at Cole Field House may be an answer. Turgeon believes that a game during the holiday break in December and January when students are away from campus would make the most sense:

“Oh remember, Mom, Dad, we used to go to Cole Field House? Merry Christmas, here are two tickets, we’re going to watch Maryland play so-and-so. It’s a no-brainer. It’s an absolute no-brainer.”

In theory, this is a home run. Imagine if Kansas could turn back the clock and play a game at Allen Fieldhouse prior to the renovations, or if UCLA could play in the Pauley Pavilion that John Wooden coached in? Fans would jump at the opportunity.

Turgeon understands that minor upgrades may be needed in order for Cole Field House to be “up to code,” but the fact that the Maryland administration is behind this endeavor is a great sign.

Plus, last Friday, Maryland hosted their midnight madness at Cole Field House and, by all accounts, it was very successful.

Said Turgeon: “I don’t think there’s any question the administration is thinking the way I’m thinking as we move forward.”

  1. יונתן קסר - Oct 22, 2013 at 9:33 PM

    As an alumnus… this would be awesome. Just have to find the right game or games each year…

  2. watermelon1 - Oct 23, 2013 at 3:22 AM

    You don’t even play Duke anymore because you copped out and left the ACC. Nobody wants to watch you play these new teams. Maryland belongs in the ACC!

  3. yyyass - Oct 23, 2013 at 6:44 AM

    You mean the All Carolina Conference? The ACC treated Maryland like a red-headed stepchild and shamelessly promotes the Carolina teams at the expense of all of the others. They were smart to leave. The Football program will become relevant again, and the basketball competition is hardly any bunch of slouches either. The ACC didn’t expand its brand via all of the teams in the conference and now it’s paying for it. Other conferences have met and passed it in relevance and success. Go Terps! The future is bright.

  4. annapterp - Oct 23, 2013 at 10:48 AM

    Hey watermelon – You mean the ACC with Notre Dame, Syracuse, Louisville, and Pitt in it? I don’t recognize that ACC at all!! Soon the ACC will be losing more teams. Maryland made the best move for the University as a whole, can’t blame them for that. The times have changed, change with them or become extinct…just ask the old Big East.

  5. dook80 - Oct 23, 2013 at 3:41 PM

    I’m sure MD will get more respect in the Big 10 that it did in a league it founded. I’m sure Ohio State and Michigan will be far more hospitable than Duke and Carolina. I’m sure the Big 10 will move the league bball tourney to Comcast. I’m sure MD football will thrive in the Big 10 since the ACC is providing no competition. I’m sure it’ll be hard to get a ticket to the MD-Nebraska rivalry game in 20 years. Finally, I’m sure it’s worth $52 million and losing a few sports. Happy roadtrips to Des Moines, Lansing and Champaign.

  6. shafted1 - Oct 24, 2013 at 1:33 AM

    A game in December would be during the non-conference portion of their schedule. Consequently, hosting a game at Cole Field House (after the necessary renovations) just might be appealing to some old-timers; Mike Krzyzewski comes to mind. The historical significance of Cole Field House cannot be disregarded.

    In fact, UTEP (formerly Texas Western) and Kentucky have already begun discussions about meeting on the court in 2016 to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the historic 1966 title game. [For those of you unfamiliar with that game and it's significance, check out the movie "Glory Road."] That game took place in Cole Field House!

    Should that title game be revisited in 2016 on the same court, Mike Krzyzewski would be one of a great many coaches in attendance. Jim Boeheim would be there as well. Refreshing the memories of old-timers might prove to be enough enticement for the likes of Coach K to schedule a non-conference game against Maryland.

    Coach Turgeon might be onto something! One should never under-estimate the value of memories to old-timers.

  7. annapterp - Oct 24, 2013 at 9:40 AM

    dook80 – The money is better for MD in the Big10. That’s the only reason they are moving. Its what BCS college sports are all about now..$$$$$$$$$$$$$. Sure I would prefer the old ACC, but that’s long in the past. And please don’t bring up football in any discussion, you have no legs to stand on.(although MD only has one at best).

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