The storied hardwood at Cole Field House may soon become gridiron. News is quickly circulating that the longtime home of Maryland hoops may soon be repurposed as an indoor practice facility for the football team.
According to Jeff Ermann of Inside MD Sports, the Terps are close to unveiling plans for the conversion project. And, since it’s the University of Maryland, Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank is a big player.
The Testudo Times spotted some renderings last year. There weren’t any clues that Cole was involved in the plans at that time. The renderings showed a building that looked, well, pretty much like an indoor football field.
Cole Field House opened in 1955. It hasn’t been used since the XFINITY Center opened in 2002. But it would still be sad to lose the spot that saw more upsets of top-ranked teams than any other basketball arena in college basketball. It’s also the only on-campus arena to host the Final Four more than once (1966, 1970).
As NBC Sports’ Kevin McGuire points out, this is what happens when you leave the hoops-happy ACC for the football-hungry Big 10.