Cole Field House timeline

Cole Field House, or more formally the William P. Cole Jr. Student Activities Building, was the University of Maryland's home for basketball for 47 years.

The Terps moved into the Comcast Center (now Xfinity Center) in 2002.


Here's a brief history of notable events at Cole Field House:

1955 — Cole Field House opens. Maryland's men beat Virginia, 67-55, on Dec. 2 in the first game held there.

Maryland's starting five for its first game at Cole Field House. From left: Nick Davis, John Sandbower, Bob Kessler, Bob O'Brien and Drew Schafler.

1966 — The Final Four is played at Cole, with Texas Western upsetting Kentucky in the final. Texas Western was the first major college basketball team to start five black players.

1970 — The Final Four returns to Cole, with UCLA defeating Jacksonville for the national title. Cole becomes the first on-campus facility to host multiple men's Final Fours.

1972 — As part of President Richard Nixon's ping-pong diplomacy, the Chinese table tennis team visits Cole for a set of matches that generated protests and national attention.

1974 — Elvis Presley plays a concert at Cole.

1975 — Immaculata College defeats Maryland, 85-63, in the first nationally televised women's basketball game.

1991 — No. 15-seeded Richmond upsets No. 2 Syracuse, 73-69, in the first round of the NCAA tournament, the first 15-over-2 upset in tourney history.

1992 — A sellout crowd of 14,500 watches Maryland's women face Virginia, setting an ACC attendance record for women's basketball.

2002 — In the final game at Cole on March 3, Maryland's men beat Virginia, 112-92, to claim their first ACC regular season title since 1980. Those Terps go on to win their first national championship, and after winning the title in Atlanta, the team returns to Cole te celebrate with a crowd of more than 12,000 fans.

Fans attend the final men's basketball game at Cole Field House.

2013 — Maryland Madness returns to Cole Field House, making the building the home for Terps basketball for one more night.

2017 — After renovations of more than $150M, the University reopens the facility as a combined athletics and academics building — featuring a new indoor football practice facility for the Terrapins.