Mark Turgeon wants the Terps to play in Baltimore annually

June 23, 2011|By Matt Vensel

Baltimore hasn’t hosted a Maryland basketball game since November 1999. But new men’s basketball coach Mark Turgeon, who has already started to beef up his recruiting presence in Baltimore by meeting with city officials, is interested in bringing the Terps back to Baltimore if the university can swing it financially.

Maryland plays in Washington every year in the BB&T Classic at Verizon Center, but Turgeon recently said that he hopes to play annually in both Baltimore and Washington or alternate years if that isn’t feasible.

"I think Maryland’s been locked into a couple of these games, one in D.C.," Turgeon told Patrick Stevens of The Washington Times. "My hopes are to play a game in D.C. and a game in Baltimore each year as long as we can afford it and the athletic department can afford it. That’s the whole key. If not, we won’t do that, maybe play one in D.C. one year and one in Baltimore the next. I’d like to do that."

Score another one for the new coach.

The Terps played several games at 1st Mariner Arena in the 1990s, so the venue won’t be an issue if the university wants to make Turegon’s wish come true. But you have to think a new multi-sport arena in the city would be a much more appealing place to watch a Maryland basketball game. Wouldn’t you agree?

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