In October, 2002, the Maryland Stadium Authority, working with representatives of the University of Maryland, College Park, successfully completed the design and construction of the new Comcast Center located on the North Field area of the University's campus adjacent to the intramural athletic fields.
Construction of the arena began in May, 2000 and was completed on schedule. The Comcast Center includes a 17,900 seat basketball facility and replaces the activities formerly housed in Cole Field House. The "feel" of Cole Field House was retained with 2,500 of the 4,000 students being seated surrounding the court and the remainder located in the end zone. The view into the seating bowl from the main concourse also is reminiscent of Cole Field House.
The Comcast Center features a 7,000 square foot Academic Support and Career Development Center, a student activity center, accommodation facilities for 25 different sports and incorporates a well-equipped training facility. The project included the arena, parking, utilities and other associated activities.
Ellerbe Becket, Design Collective, Inc.
Gilbane Building Company, Smoot