Thursday, Feb. 28, 2002; updated March 5, 2002
1955 - The Student Activities Building is constructed at the
University of Maryland in College Park with a capacity of 12,000. (Additional
seats will later be added.) The building is dedicated at a cost of $3.3 million.
Dec. 2, 1955 - The Bud Millikan-led men's basketball team
defeats Virginia's, 67-55, in the inaugural game at the Student Activities
1956 - The facility is renamed William P. Cole Jr. Student
Activities Building in honor of Judge William P. Cole Jr., chairman of the
university's Board of Regents from 1944 to 1956. Cole Field House becomes the
building’s unofficial name.
1962 - Cole hosts its first Eastern Regional finals. New York
University defeats St. Joseph’s in the final, 94-85.
1966 - Duke, Kentucky, Texas Western (now Texas El Paso) and
Utah head to Cole, where the Final Four is held for the first time. Texas
Western upsets Kentucky, 72-65, in front of 14,253 fans to win the NCAA title.
All of Kentucky’s starting players are white, while all of Texas Western’s
starters are black, making the game among the most historically significant at
1970 - Charles "Lefty" Driesell replaces Frank
Fellows as the men's basketball head coach.
1970 - The Final Four returns to Cole Field House. UCLA's
Bruins, winners of three straight national titles, best Jacksonville, New Mexico
State and St. Bonaventure to win a fourth title in a row. Cole becomes the only
on-campus arena in the country to host two NCAA Final Fours.
early 1970s - The NBA’s Capital Bullets, now the Washington
Wizards, play home games at Cole before completion of the Capital Centre in
1972 - Cole hosts a ping-pong match between the United States
and the People's Republic of China, the first time the two countries have faced
each other in a sporting event.
Feb. 16, 1972 - An attendance record for a single game at Cole
is set. 15,287 people watch the men's basketball team lose to North
Carolina in overtime, 79-77.
1974 - Elvis sings at Cole.
Jan. 26, 1975 - Cole hosts the first women’s basketball game
ever to be televised. The Terrapins lose to defending national champion
Jan. 27, 1979 - The men's basketball team upsets No. 1 Notre
Dame, 67-66, at Cole.
1986 - Bob Wade replaces Lefty Driesell as head coach for the
men's basketball team, months after Maryland basketball star Len Bias dies of a
drug overdose. Wade becomes the ACC's first black head coach.
1989 - Former Maryland player Gary Williams replaces Wade as
head coach of the men's basketball team.
March 5, 1990 - The NCAA imposes sanctions on the men's
basketball program resulting from its investigation of infractions by Wade.
1991-92 - Due to imposed sanctions, the men's basketball team
is banned from playing games on live television, making it ineligible for the
1991-93 - Maryland is ineligible for the NCAA tournament for
two seasons due to imposed sanctions.
Feb. 11, 1992 - An ACC record for attendance at a women's
regular-season basketball game is set at Cole, as 14,500 people watch the
Terrapins, coached by Chris Weller, play Virginia. Maryland loses, 75-74. The
attendance record still stands.
1993 - Ninety-six courtside seats are installed to bring the
capacity of Cole to 14,596.
Jan. 14, 1998 - The men's basketball team defeats No. 1 North
Carolina in overtime, 89-83.
Feb. 17, 2002 - The men's basketball team defeats No. 1 Duke,
87-73, in one of the last games at Cole.
March 3, 2002 - The last University of Maryland men's
basketball game is played at Cole Field House. The Terrapins defeat the Virginia
1955-2002 - Number of Terrapin All-Americans who have played
basketball at Cole: 13 men, 4 women
--Compiled by Scarlett Morao
Kevin Messenger, associate media relations director, University of
Maryland Department of Athletics
Mark Fratto, media relations assistant, University of Maryland Department
Maryland Official Athletics Site
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