Maryland and Duke was one of the fiercest rivalries in the country when Maryland was in the ACC. The two teams had several hard fought battles over the years including an 87-72 Terps win against #1 Duke in 2003. While the two won’t play regularly anymore, there is still a good chance to see them square off in the Big Ten-ACC Challenge, so be on alert for when these two teams meet next as you wouldn’t want to miss it.
Maryland Terrapins Stadium Guide
Maryland’s move to the Big Ten in 2014 has given Big Ten fans a new road trip destination that is well worth exploring. Terps fans are among the most diehard in all of college basketball, which can be seen by the intense rivalry they developed with former ACC rivals Duke over the years. The Maryland student section would go toe to toe with the Cameron Crazies every year when it came to outdoing each other, so you’ll be in for a treat when attending a Maryland basketball game.
In addition to the lively atmosphere created by the Maryland student section and Terrapins fans, you’ll be able to enjoy the rich tapestry of Maryland basketball that is on display at the Xfinity Center. From the moment you step in the door, you’ll see tributes to past Maryland players and coaches. The Maryland Athletics Hall of Fame and History Center is located right in the lobby and home to the team’s 2002 national championship trophy, so make sure to check it out. There is also parts of the court from the Terps’ previous home Cole Field House lining the walls, and when you reach your seat, you’ll see tons of banners hanging from the ceiling.
If the raucous atmosphere and the school’s dedication to showing off its history aren’t enough to make the trip enjoyable, the Xfinity Center also has top-notch concessions. The Xfinity Center features Chik-fil-A in addition to all the typical game day offerings and even sells beer.
You’ll have an excellent time attending a game at the Xfinity Center making the trip to Maryland well worth the trek.
Maryland Athletics Hall of Fame and History Center
Make sure to stop by the Terrapin Hall of Fame and History Center to pay tribute to all of the greatest athletes in Maryland history. The Hall of Fame is even home to the 2002 men’s national championship trophy and the 2006 women’s national championship trophy making it a must see.
Those of you who are looking to pick up some Terps gear before the game will want to stop by the Terrapin Team Shop. The team shop is home to all kinds of Terps gear, so no matter what you’re looking for you’ll find it here.
The Heritage Room overlooks the court and serves as a pregame restaurant. It can seat 400 and also holds banquets, meetings, and press conferences, so if you get the opportunity enjoy a meal at the Heritage Room before the game.
Take a minute to enjoy Maryland’s illustrious basketball history by taking in all the honored number and championship banners hanging at the Xfinity Center. These banners do an excellent job of showcasing the program’s illustrious history and allow you to relive all your favorite Terps moments.
On the wall of the arena’s lobby, you’ll find the floor from Cole Field House. The floor is a nice touch that shows off the history of the basketball program and is an excellent reminder of all the great Maryland memories made at Cole Field House.
You can see the Terrapins mascot Testudo cheering on the team and pumping up the crowd throughout the game. Testudo has been Maryland’s mascot since 1933 and is a big part of a Terrapins game, so don’t miss this lovable mascot.
Maryland is home to the first midnight madness college basketball celebration. The tradition dates back to 1971 when Terps coach Lefty Driesell invited fans to a 1.5-mile team run. Over the years, the tradition has grown and most Division I schools have created their own midnight madness, but it all started in College Park so don’t miss Maryland Madness.
The Maryland student section has a reputation for being one of the most raucous student sections in the nation. Maryland students aren’t afraid to show their emotions or use vulgar language, which helps them create one of the best home-court advantages in the country. If you want to sit with the rowdiest fans in the arena, then make sure to join the student section.
Like most college basketball teams, Maryland has a band that plays a variety of school songs. These songs do an excellent job of pumping up the players and also give the student section cues, so don’t be afraid to show some appreciation for the band when at the game.
Hail to thee Maryland!
Steadfast in loyalty,
For thee we stand.
Love for the black and gold,
Deep in our hearts we hold.
Singing thy praise forever,
Throughout the land.
Maryland Victory Song
Maryland we’re all behind you,
Raise high the black and gold.
For there is nothing half so glorious,
As to see our team victorious.
We’ve got the steam boys,
We’ve got the team boys,
So keep on fighting, don’t give in!
Maryland will win!
Fight, fight, fight for Maryland,
Honor now her name again,
Push up the score, keep on fighting for more,
For Maryland, GO TERPS! (yell)
And we will fight, fight, fight for terrapins,
Keep on fighting ’till we win.
So sing out our song as we go marching along,