Maryland's home for Terrapin Athletics was completed in the fall of 2002 and has already provided 11 seasons of toppled attendance records and memories on the hardwood. XFINITY Center provides a seating capacity of 17,950 fans for basketball, and serves as the home of Maryland gymnastics, as well as a campus site for university special events and select community events.
The Terrapins' first public basketball event was its 2002 Midnight Madness celebration, which has grown to one of the premier student events of the academic year. In its first season, 281,057 fans were on hand to witness Terrapin basketball games for a per-game average of 17,566 as the Terrapins finished fifth in the nation. The Terps went on to finish fifth in the nation once again in 2003-04, with a school-record 287,200 spectators packing the arena for 16 full sellouts and a capacity per-game average of 17,950. Maryland drew 299,391 fans to XFINITY Center during the 2004-05 season, again setting a school record.
In 2007-08, 341,050 fans came to the 19 home games at XFINITY Center, setting a school record for per-game average at 17,950. Last year, Maryland ranked seventh in the nation in home attendance and welcomed its two-millionth fan in the seven seasons the
Terrapins have played in their sparkling new home.
The honored jersey numbers the greatest men's and women's basketball players in school history, as well as banners commemorating the 2002 men's national championship and 2006 women's national championship, hang high above the court in XFINITY Center's rafters. The 2004 ACC men's tournament championship banner was added in the fall of 2004 and was joined by the 2009 ACC women's tournament championship banner in the fall of 2009.
Twenty suites provide enhanced viewing and entertainment capabilities for Maryland fans. Maryland's student section accommodates 4,000 of the Terps' perennial ardent supporters. Students fill the first 10 rows that ring the arena floor and a majority of seats on the arena's west wall - which at an intimidating 35-degree incline provides the Terrapins' with a unique home court advantage.
XFINITY Center houses the university's athletics administration offices and includes a 7,000-square-foot Academic Support Center, providing an enhanced study atmosphere for the school's student-athletes on 20 teams. An additional 1,500-seat gymnasium serves as home to the Terps' volleyball and wrestling teams, and Sprint Heritage Hall multi-purpose room is equipped to host banquets, press conferences, meetings and serve as a pregame restaurant suite overlooking the competition arena.
XFINITY Center is an excellent place for alumni and fans to enjoy their favorite sports and share in their common Terrapin spirit. Visitors can learn about the men and women who have forged the Maryland Athletics program among the nation's elite as they stroll through the Terrapin Walk of Fame and History. The Terrapin Team Store, located just off the soaring three-level atrium lobby, allows visitors to outfit their pride.
Maryland has once again reclaimed the status of having the best student activities center and arena in the country.