One of college basketball's finest venues, Cole Field House retired as the home of the Maryland Terrapin basketball teams in 2002.
When college basketball was achieving its most explosive growth - from the late 1950's to the late 1970's - there was one college gymnasium on the East Coast that sat as many as 12,000 fans. Cole Field House epitomized the new big time, main event status of college hoops, the sport of network TV and emerging legends. Despite facing cosmetic renewal, Cole's charisma was never tampered with. There was not a bad seat on December 2, 1955, when it was dedicated in the men's game against Virginia, and was equalling as thunderous when it closed its doors as the men's team defeated Virginia on March 3, 2002. Cole was also the place where a capacity crowd witness the No. 1 Maryland women's basketball team host No. 2 Virginia on Feb. 12, 1992, then an ACC record. That attendance mark stood for 12 years until the Terps broke that record in 2005 at Comcast Center. Cole Field House will always be home to countless memories, buzzer beaters and a thousand slam dunks.
Many great women's basketball teams and great players have played at Cole Field House. It ranks among the top 50 all-time Best Women's Basketball Home Courts, as the Terps compiled a 288-95 mark (75.2 percent) from 1973-2002, which ranks among the top 50 overall.
Cole was dedicated as the Student Activities Center, a $3.3 million project that was erected under the tutelage of Board of Regents Chair, Judge William P. Cole, Jr., and President Wilson Elkins. A year after the dedication, the building was named in honor of Cole, who served the Board of Regents for 25 years.
Although Cole has remained the same basketball hall it was built to be, there were refinements. Additions were made such as an increase in seating capacity to 14,500, scoreboards that not only told the fan what the score was, but also how loud they were cheering, and a new floor design.
As championships were awarded over the years, Cole got some of the very best. The 1966 and 1970 men's basketball Final Four were held there. In 1990, the first and second rounds of the eastern regionals were in Cole Field House. The NCAA wrestling championships were held at Cole in 1960, 1972, 1978, 1987, and 1990, and the NCAA women's volleyball championship took place there in 1990.
|Maryland's Cole Field House Records|
|Points:||39||Kris Kirchner vs. LaSalle, 2-14-80|
|Field Goals:||16||Kris Kirchner vs. LaSalle, 2-14-80|
|16||Branka Bogunovic vs. W. Michigan, 12-2-98|
|3-Pt. FG:||7||Tiffany Brown (7-11) vs. UNC, 1-18-98|
|3-Pt. FGA:||13||Monica Bennett (4-13) vs. Virginia, 3-8-93|
|FT:||14||Kim Bretz (14-14) vs. Fla. St., 1-30-97|
|FTA:||18||Jessie Hicks (10-18) vs Iowa, 12-6-92|
|Rebounds:||23||Debbie Jones vs. Howard, 12-11-77|
|Assists:||18||Tiffany Brown vs. Morgan St., 2-3-99|
|Blocks:||8||Krystal Kimrey vs. James Madison, 12-1-76|
|Steals:||9||Debbie Lytle vs. Old Dominion, 1-4-81|
NCAA Games At
Cole Field House
1981-82 (First Round): Maryland 82, Stanford 48
1982-83 (Second Round): Maryland 94, Central Michigan 71
1987-88 (Second Round): Maryland 78, St. Joseph's 67
1988-89 (Second Round): Maryland 73, Bowling Green 68
1989-90 (First Round): Maryland 100, Appalachian St. 71
1991-92 (Second Round): Maryland 73, Toledo 60
1992-93 (Second Round): SW Missouri St. 86, Maryland 82
Maryland in NCAA Tournament Games at Cole Field House: 6-1