COLLEGE PARK – Cole Field House will be undergoing a facelift.
The University of Maryland has unveiled plans to renovate and expand the facility to include the Terrapin Performance Center, the Center for Sports Medicine, Health and Human Performance and the future home of the Academy of Innovation and Entrepreneurship.
The school has announced a gift of $25 million from Under Armour founder and CEO Kevin Plank, a Maryland alum, in support of the new facility. The cost of the new Cole Field House project is $155 million according to a Maryland Athletics news release.
“The new Cole Field House is not just an important project for Maryland Athletics, it is a signature project for our entire institution,” said President Wallace D. Loh. “For our students, faculty, staff and alumni, this project will be a point of pride, and a reminder of the world class athletics, groundbreaking research and innovative academics here at the University of Maryland.”
The Terrapin Performance Center will include an indoor football practice facility, strength and conditioning facilities, team locker room along with meeting rooms and offices. Two outdoor turf fields will also be constructed on the west end of the facility. The fields will also be made available to all Maryland students for intramural sports.
“This project brings together two of my favorite passions, Maryland athletics and entrepreneurship,” said Plank. “The lessons I learned on the football field in College Park continue to fuel my entrepreneurial spirit and shape my professional approach. By fostering a generation of entrepreneurial-minded young adults, we are preparing our students not just for the next four years, but for many years to come.”