Saturday, December 07, 2013 6:51 PM
Published on: Wednesday, October 02, 2013
By Brandy L. Simms
Maryland Madness returns to Cole Field House this year.
The historic College Park arena is set to host the Maryland men’s and women’s basketball teams on Oct. 18 for the unofficial opening of the 2013-2014 basketball campaign.
For nearly half a century, Cole Field House was home to Maryland basketball from 1955-2002 where the men’s and women’s teams amassed a cumulative 774-246 record.
“Cole Field House represented many of the most iconic and memorable moments in Maryland basketball program history,” Maryland head coach Mark Turgeon said. “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.”
In 1955, the Maryland men’s basketball team opened Cole Field House with a resounding 67-55 victory over Virginia. The arena closed in similar fashion in 2002 with an emotional 112-92 victory over the Cavaliers.
At the time of its closing, Cole owned the distinction of having hosted more upsets of number one ranked teams than any building in the country. A total of 16 Maryland All-Americans played at Cole including John Lucas, Albert King, Jasmina Perazic, Len Bias, Vicky Bullett, Joe Smith and Juan Dixon.
“It’s a great chance for this generation to get a glimpse of what Maryland basketball was like and to honor our history,” said Maryland women’s basketball head coach Brenda Frese. “As we celebrate our theme of, ‘Proud Past, Fearless Future,’ this is really a culmination of that with our fans, students and the players. At the same time, we’ll be celebrating our future. So when you can do all that at the same time, that’s really special.”