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Leaving Cole Field House, 1955-2002

outside Cole Field House

 


You can call it Cole Field House or the William P. Cole Student Activities Building, like it says on its brick front. Or, if you've watched the games and often pass it by, just "Cole" will do.

After a 47-year-run, the facility is being replaced by the state-of-the-art Comcast Center. So visitors who wander inside may find silent hallways and a ghostly quiet court, still lined with patient, bright red seats.


But in years past, when basketball came to campus, it shot straight for Cole.

Men's games would trail crowds of more than 15,000 fans, some rabid, some painted, all pushing to be let in through the narrow doors into the waiting field house.

the scene for the final men's basketball game March 3

 

 


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Photos and text by Maha Ezzeddine
Published Friday, March 8, 2002

Copyright 2002 University of Maryland College of Journalism

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