Maryland Madness 2013 to be held at Cole Field House

Cole Field House was the home of Maryland basketball from 1955 through 2002. Photo: Greenstrat/Wikimedia Commons

(WJLA) - The Maryland Terrapins' annual basketball season-opening celebration is this year moving back to one of college basketball's most storied venues.

Cole Field House, the former on-campus home to both the Terrapins' men's and women's basketball teams, will play host to the 2013 edition of Maryland Madness on Oct. 18.

The venerable arena on the University of Maryland's College Park campus played host to games from 1955 through 2002, at which point both teams moved across campus to the newly-built Comcast Center. Maryland's basketball teams combined to win nearly 76 percent of their home games during that time.

"Cole Field House represented many of the most iconic and memorable moments in Maryland basketball program history," Maryland men's basketball head coach Mark Turgeon said in a statement.

At the time of its closing, Cole Field House held about 14,500 fans. It now serves as a campus recreation facility.

The arena gained distinction nationwide as the only on-campus facility to host more than one NCAA Final Four.