XFINITY Center College Park

XFINITY Center College Park

History

The Comcast Center has become one of the most beloved facilities to catch rim-rocking basketball action in the country. The facility was originally created to house the University of Maryland Terrapins men's basketball team. It replaced the 14,000-seat Cole Porter Field House with the 17,000-seat Comcast Center that was named the Comcast Corporation, who purchased the naming rights for more than $25 million. Ground was broken in May of 2000 and the events center was completed in October of 2002.

The $125 million facility became the home of the University of Maryland Terrapins men's and women's basketball teams as well as the women's volleyball team and the gymnastics and wrestling teams. The arena opened its doors in on October 11, 2002 with a Midnight Madness matchup between the Terrapins and one of their arch rivals—the Miami University Redhawks. The game was an intense battle, with the Terrapins coming out on top with a 64 – 49 victory. Since then, the Comcast Center has outscored countless teams and the events center has been the site of many exciting matchups between the University of Maryland athletic teams and their toughest competition.


Teams/Events Hosted

The Comcast Center is home to the University of Maryland men's basketball team who has been a top-seeded team in the NCAA for several years. Part of their success has come from playing in a state-of-the-art facility. The stadium has been the site for several playoff games featuring the University of Maryland basketball team, and it continues to be a venue full of excitement and non-stop sports action.

The stadium has not only been the site of numerous net-swishing battles between college basketball teams, but it has also been the site of many other exciting events including intense women's volleyball matchups and wrestling competitions. The facility is said to be one of the best events centers in the country for home court advantage. The arena includes a 4,000-seat student section that is said to be one of the most intimidating student sections in the ACC.

And the stadium isn't just about sports. It also hosts some of the most exciting concerts and live musical performances in the country. And with a state-of-the-art sound and lighting system, you are sure to have a memorable concert experience.


Home City

This state-of-the-art stadium is located in College Park, Maryland, which is a village located in the northwest corner of Maryland. This picturesque town has a population of just over 30,000 and relies heavily on the University of Connecticut to support its economy. It is also home to the National Archives and Records Administration as well as the Food and Drug Administration, which also provide jobs. And because College Park is the home of the University of Maryland, the town is full of sports fans just waiting to watch their favorite team battle it out on the court. The town is just minutes from Alexandria, Virginia, and just a short train ride or drive to Washington, D.C. It not only has a thriving sports culture, but it also has many other cultural opportunities for residents and visitors, including museums like The Art Gallery at the University of Maryland, the College Park Aviation Museum and the National Museum of Language. And if you need easy access to these attractions or a game at Comcast Center, then catch a flight into the College Park Airport, which is one of the oldest continuously operating airports in the country.


Parking/Seating Layout

When game time comes, you don't want to be stuck trying to find a parking spot. Finding a suitable parking location for your car, SUV, truck or RV is crucial to an enjoyable experience at the stadium. There are several options when it comes to parking near the stadium, all of which are within walking distance of the park. And although you might have to pay a nominal parking fee, it is worth it.

There are several ways to park at Comcast Center. You can park and walk to the arena from one of the many surface parking lots around the campus that include student and employee parking. Or you can park in one of the parking garages that are available on or near the events center. And if you need to get to the center from a surrounding area, hop on a MARC train that stops at the College Park Metro station.

Seating is available all around the Huskies' home court, with courtside seating and several sections of general admission seating. There is a different seating configuration for each type of event, but every seat in the house is a good one. With clear sightlines and an excellent sound and visual system, you won't miss a moment of the action.


Trivia

The University of Maryland Terps have racked up many decisive victories over the years, but no victory was as sweet as the team's win over the No. 2 seeded Duke in a February 2013 matchup. The Terps upset the Blue Devils with an 83 - 81 victory, which was their first win against Duke since 2010. It was also the first victory against the Blue Devils for head coach Mark Turgeon.

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