The Arena Pulse: No. 17-Comcast Center (Maryland)
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Venue: Comcast Center
School Name: Maryland
Location: College Park, MD
With the history that surrounds many of the top venues in the ACC Conference, the Comcast Center, on the campus of the University of Maryland, is fairly new.
Despite entering just its ninth season as the home for the Maryland Terrapins basketball program, the Comcast Center has already had its share of big moments. With the nearly 18,000 fans that pack the place each game, it is widely considered as one of the most intimidating venues in the nation.
Maryland fans were more than excited for the opening of the Comcast Center heading into the 2002-2003 season. Since its inaugural year, the complex located in College Park, Maryland, has seen fans and students alike providing the Terrapins with one of the better home court feelings.
In the past, Terrapin fans have been known to get a little rowdy. But, what may be the most intimidating part of its 18,000 seat arena is their student section. Normally packed with about 4,000 young fans each game, the Maryland students are known to be some of the loudest in the country.
Filling the first 10 rows of seats on all sides of the court, students are all over the visiting opponents. The opposing basket in the second half of games may be the most noticeable. As part of the student section, the 2,600 seats that are located behind the basket, more commonly known as “The Wall” is an intimidating factor in its own right. Ask any opposing player attempting to hit a clutch free throw what it’s like.
The Comcast Center has seen plenty of big wins in its short existence. Just last season, after trailing by nine with 1:38 left on the clock, Maryland came back to shock the eventual National Champion North Carolina Tar Heels. Led by a triple-double by Greivis Vasquez , Maryland picked up what proved to be their biggest win of the season behind the roars of its home crowd.
With Vasquez back this season for the Terrapins, the expectations remain high for another trip to the NCAA Tournament. While Maryland does not welcome a very tough non-conference slate to the Comcast Center this season, enough is already said about their ACC schedule. With trips to College Park by the likes of Duke, North Carolina, Florida State, and Georgia Tech, you can bet the Comcast Center will be rocking.
Past experiences have proved Maryland to be one of the tougher places to play in the country and with the settling in of its new venue; fans in College Park have proven to be prepared for any big game.
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