Comcast Center is the arena for the University of Maryland Terrapins men’s and women's basketball teams. The Comcast Center was ranked the 7th toughest venue to play in by EA Sports. The on-campus facility is named for the Comcast Corporation, which purchased a 20-year, $25 million corporate naming agreement. Comcast Center replaced Cole Field House, which had served as the home of Maryland basketball since 1955. Ground was broken in May 2000 and construction was completed in October 2002 at a cost of $125 million. Comcast Center, which has a capacity of 17,950, opened for Midnight Madness on October 11, 2002 and the first official men’s game was a 64-49 victory over Miami University (Ohio) on November 24, 2002
Maryland students are primarily positioned along courtside and "The Wall," which top to bottom are filled with student seating behind the opponent's 2nd half basket. Normally there are 4,000 students in attendance, so Maryland is considered one of the most intimidating student sections in the ACC alongside North Carolina and Duke. Because of the athletic department's online lottery system which distributes tickets to students, most games are student sell-outs. Student attendance is typically highest for conference games (especially Duke, for which the demand for tickets is exceedingly high), non-conference games against top teams (such as the annual ACC–Big Ten Challenge) and the annual "Maryland Madness"..
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