Maryland basketball will hold Maryland Madness at Cole Field House

USA TODAY Sports

The Terrapins are kicking the locks off one of college basketball's most iconic buildings to tipoff the season.

The Maryland Terrapins will hold the Maryland Madness season kickoff at Cole Field House on Oct. 18, returning to the legendary arena for the first time since it hosted its final game in 2002, the school announced Tuesday.

The Terrapins played in Cole Field House from 1955 until 2002, when an emotional 20-point win over the Virginia Cavaliers closed the on-campus arena in style. Since then, the university has used Cole Field House for some intramural athletics and a handful of non-athletic campus events. Men's and women's basketball, volleyball, wrestling and gymnastics all now use the Comcast Center.

Cole Field House's capacity is listed at just under 15,000, and tickets for Maryland Madness will be free on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Among other landmark dates, Cole Field House hosted the historic 1966 national championship game in which Texas Western defeated Kentucky.

More from SB Nation:

NFL power rankings: Only 7 undefeated teams left

Longform: Inside Chip Kelly’s offense at New Hampshire

New Top 25 rankings good for LSU, Oregon

Call it a comeback: Nadal's the world's best player (again)

Stopping Jadeveon Clowney: Coaches offer their game plans

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.