History

The 17,950-seat Xfinity Center opened in 2002 as the home of the Maryland Terrapins men’s and women’s basketball team. The arena replaced Cole Field House, which served as the Terps home from 1955 to 2002 and cost $125 million to build.

The Xfinity Center is yet to undergo any major renovations, however, in 2014 a new center-hung scoreboard was installed. The new Daktronics scoreboard is 12.5 ft high by 33 ft wide along the sideline and nine ft high by 16 ft wide along the baselines.

In its relatively short lifetime, the Xfinity Center has already been home to many notable games in Terps history. On January 18, 2003, the Terps beat a #1 ranked opponent in the arena for the first time when they upset rivals Duke 87-72. A few years later Maryland set the attendance record an ACC women’s basketball game when 13,346 came out to watch the Terrapins face Duke. Since then, this record has been broken twice by Maryland fans with the most recent record being set on January 28, 2007, when a capacity crowd 17,950 watched #2 Maryland take on #3 North Carolina. More recently, the arena hosted two top 10 ranked men’s teams for the first time when #8 Maryland defeated #3 Iowa 74-68 on January 28, 2016.

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Capital One Field at Maryland Stadium, formerly known as Byrd Stadium, is a 51,802 seat athletic stadium located in College Park, Maryland. The stadium has been the home of the University of Maryland Terrapins football team since 1950 when it replaced the previous Maryland football stadium of the same name. Both stadiums are named for Harry “Curly” Byrd who was a multi-sport athlete, football coach, and university president at Maryland.

Capital One Field has undergone many renovations since it originally opened in 1950. 1991 saw the first significant expansion of the stadium as the five-story Tyser Tower was added. The Tyser Tower houses luxury boxes, a large press area, and the Gossett Football Team House. Another major renovation took place in 1995 when an upper deck was added, boosting the stadium’s capacity to 48,055. The most recent expansion came in 2001 when temporary bleachers added 3,000 additional seats.

In addition to being the home of the Maryland Terrapins football team, Capital One Stadium also has the distinction of being the site of where Queen Elizabeth and Prince Phillip saw their first ever American football game. The stadium earned this honor in the 1950s when the Royals made their first visit to the United States. Another significant moment in the stadium’s history occurred on November 1, 1975, when the stadium set its record attendance of 58,973 spectators. Additionally, the stadium was also home to the USFL Baltimore Stars in 1985.

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