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Cole Field House seats, lockers, signs go up for sale

Cole Field House hasn't been the University of Maryland's basketball teams' home since 2002. But it never went away. For years, the building has been used for intramural sports and other student recreational activities.

But now that 60-year-old Cole is being transformed into a $155 million athletics and academic complex, its pieces — including seats, lockers and signage — are being sold off.

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Hilco Real Estate LLC of Illinois said Wednesday it is managing the sale of Cole's assets and memorabilia currently owned by the university. Hilco is a liquidation and real estate firm that's also a partner in the redevelopment of the former Sparrows Point steel mill property.

The items for sale are listed at www.ColeFieldHouse.com. They include pairs of original Cole seats, seating section signs, and lockers. Some items are for direct sale, while others are being auctioned.

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Cole is being turned into an indoor football practice facility and "innovation" lab to help the school recruit athletes and others who are would-be entrepreneurs. Proceeds from the sale will go toward construction of the new Cole.

Elvis Presley once performed at the building, which was the site of the 1966 NCAA game in which Texas Western became the first team to win the championship with a starting lineup of all African-American players.

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