Maryland Terrapins basketball and volleyball programs will now play in the XFINITY Center.
Since 2002, the University of Maryland’s Comcast Center has been one of the toughest arenas for opposing teams to play at.
As of today, the Comcast Center will now be called the XFINITY Center and it will continue to be one of the best and toughest places to play in all of college basketball.
The University of Maryland broke the news about the name change this morning and it gives the Terps another fresh start in a year where they begin play in the Big Ten.
“We are excited to place the name Xfinity on this beloved University of Maryland sports venue,” said Tom Coughlin, senior vice president of Comcast’s Beltway region. “Our Xfinity brand represents our commitment to delivering an unparalleled, innovative entertainment experience to local consumers, and our partnership with the University of Maryland athletics department underscores this promise.”
The XFINITY Center is home to the University’s men’s and women’s basketball, gymnastics, volleyball, and wrestling teams, as well as the athletic department’s administrative offices and student-athlete Academic Support & Career Development Unit.
The complex also houses trophy’s from every athletic program and the Terps’s hall of fame.
Completed in 2002, the main arena seats up to 17,950 for basketball, and is the site of numerous campus events, concerts, graduations, and other events.
“We have enjoyed a longstanding and successful partnership with Comcast for more than a decade, and are excited to extend this relationship with the renaming of the XFINITY Center,” said Maryland director of athletics Kevin Anderson. “It is our goal to continue to provide our fans with a special gameday experience, and we look forward to unveiling new amenities at the XFINITY Center in the near future.”
The renaming efforts come at no cost the the University of Maryland and should be completed by mid-August.
Since Kevin Anderson was named the University’s director of athletics in 2010, the Terps have re-branded their entire athletic department to promote unity within the University as well as the entire state.
This renaming effort gives the basketball programs an opportunity to start fresh and make the XFINITY Center one that is feared by Big Ten and non-conference opponents.
When filled to capacity, the arena can hold 17,950 fans.
Hopefully, the Terps can fill the seats and make the XFINITY Center a great place for their teams to play and a feared place to the Terps opponents.