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Kevin Cowherd | April 10, 2013
It's pretty safe to say that Towson University has been a PR disaster of late. From the ham-handed way it tried to cut its baseball and men's soccer teams to the knuckleheads talking about forming a White Student Union, the school's been in the news for all the wrong reasons. So let's talk about something positive today: Towson's new 5,200-seat arena is about ready to open. And it's a beauty. Before we go any further, I feel compelled to report that as of right now, it's being called Tiger Arena.
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By Natalie Sherman and The Baltimore Sun | September 15, 2014
The Baltimore Arena will be getting a face-lift quickly, with the city expected to select Royal Farms on Wednesday as the venue's new title sponsor. The Baltimore-based chain of convenience stores known for its fried chicken has agreed to pay $250,000 per year for five years to name the 14,000-seat arena the Royal Farms Arena. If approved, the new name would go into effect Nov. 1, according to the agenda for Wednesday's Board of Estimates meeting. Efforts to reach leaders of the 160-store business, which operates in Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania and Virginia, were unsuccessful Monday evening.
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By Jonas Shaffer and The Baltimore Sun | October 16, 2013
If you haven't been to College Park in, say, a decade, this is what Cole Field House looks like. No, really, for the most part, it does. But ... how could that happen, you ask? Simple: Once Comcast Center debuted in 2002, Cole Field House became something of an athletic relic. It is still a stage for sporting battles, as you can see, but now they get only as must-see as inter-fraternity soccer games. Not exactly Maryland-Duke. But with Maryland Madness moving to Cole Field House for Friday's unofficial season kickoff, the Terps' old home is getting the extreme makeover it deserves (and needs, too, I suppose)
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By Don Markus, The Baltimore Sun | October 18, 2013
COLLEGE PARK - A nearly 60-year-old basketball arena called Cole Field House was transformed into a hot, crowded, ear-deafening time capsule Friday night. It could have been 1969, the year Lefty Driesell arrived from Davidson filled with bluster and bravado and determined to make Maryland into "the UCLA of the East. " It could have been 1989, the year Gary Williams returned to his alma mater from Ohio State, vowing to rebuild a scandal-ridden, down-on-its-luck program. It could have been 2002, when the Terps won their first national championship a few weeks after closing the building with an unbeaten home season.
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By David Folkenflik and David Folkenflik,SUN STAFF | March 14, 1997
The president of the University of Maryland College Park appears to have brokered a deal to delay spending state money to replace an aging campus basketball arena for a year so that he can hasten the construction of a new chemistry building.State Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller, a Prince George's County Democrat who has been a frequent university ally, has been among the legislators driving the state to spend $35 million toward a new $80 million Cole Field House.Yet, William E. Kirwan, the university's president, sought "fast-track" approval of a $25 million annex for undergraduate instruction in chemistry before tax dollars were spent on the basketball arena.
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By Matt Vensel | February 9, 2011
We have all seen those basketball trick shot highlight reels . Some of you might have seen this bowling trick shot reel . Now we have a pretty mesmerizing football trick shot reel thanks to UConn Huskies backup quarterback Johnny McEntee. Check out this video of McEntee chucking footballs from the bleachers of UConn's basketball arena, completing blindfolded passes on the practice field and taking aim at a pizza delivery vehicle from a snow-covered parking lot. McEntee got a little help from his friends, too. Here's the video [hat tip to Deadspin via loyal reader @davewerk]
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January 12, 2002
THE ECONOMIC and social boom around Washington's MCI Center these days give a compelling reason for building a state-of-the-art basketball arena in downtown Baltimore. In Washington, the NBA Wizards are thrilling fans - and not only because of Michael Jordan's theatrics. The Wizards and the National Hockey League's Capitals are invigorating business in the city's Chinatown largely because of their modern arena. The 20,000-seat MCI Center is a big attraction in itself, like Camden Yards has been for Baltimore.
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By Vito Stellino and Vito Stellino,SUN STAFF | November 7, 1995
Art Modell left Cleveland yesterday being called a thief in the night.He arrived in Baltimore to chants of "Art, Art, Art."It was a day of mixed emotions for the Cleveland Browns owner, who announced he's moving the team to Baltimore after spending 35 years in Cleveland."
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By Christian Ewell and Christian Ewell,SUN STAFF | July 18, 2001
The University of Maryland's athletic department expects to cash in soon on its newfound buzz, closing in on a multimillion-dollar marketing rights deal. Infinity Sports Marketing, a subsidiary of Infinity Broadcasting Corp., is currently negotiating to sell the university's broadcast rights, sponsorships and suites for a new basketball arena, according to sources familiar with the deal. Infinity, which is based in Phoenix, beat out Host Communications, Clear Channel, Learfield Communications and Nelligan Sports Marketing, four other bidders that had responded to a request for proposals.
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By Mike Bresnahan, Tribune Newspapers | July 28, 2012
A handful of journalists were on hand to watch the U.S. women's basketball team win its Olympic opener against Croatia. It was an obvious contrast to the crammed news conference the previous day for the U.S. men's team, where reporters scurried toward Kobe Bryant and LeBron James before packing into a dense semi-circle seven or eight people deep. "This is more physical than our games," Bryant quipped as media members pushed and shoved one another. "I've seen at least two flagrant fouls.
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By Jonas Shaffer and The Baltimore Sun | October 16, 2013
If you haven't been to College Park in, say, a decade, this is what Cole Field House looks like. No, really, for the most part, it does. But ... how could that happen, you ask? Simple: Once Comcast Center debuted in 2002, Cole Field House became something of an athletic relic. It is still a stage for sporting battles, as you can see, but now they get only as must-see as inter-fraternity soccer games. Not exactly Maryland-Duke. But with Maryland Madness moving to Cole Field House for Friday's unofficial season kickoff, the Terps' old home is getting the extreme makeover it deserves (and needs, too, I suppose)
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Kevin Cowherd | April 10, 2013
It's pretty safe to say that Towson University has been a PR disaster of late. From the ham-handed way it tried to cut its baseball and men's soccer teams to the knuckleheads talking about forming a White Student Union, the school's been in the news for all the wrong reasons. So let's talk about something positive today: Towson's new 5,200-seat arena is about ready to open. And it's a beauty. Before we go any further, I feel compelled to report that as of right now, it's being called Tiger Arena.
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By Jeff Barker, The Baltimore Sun | March 12, 2013
It's hard to fathom what it must have been like for Dez Wells to emerge from beneath the weight of public suspicion and step into a sold-out basketball arena again and hear cheers and balls bouncing and bands playing. Those who know the Maryland player's story - the infamous brawl during his freshman year at Xavier, the sexual assault allegation rejected by a prosecutor - understand why Wells seemed overcome as the sophomore transfer was introduced for the Terps ' season-opening game against Kentucky, leaning in and hugging his coach, Mark Turgeon.
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By Mike Bresnahan, Tribune Newspapers | July 28, 2012
A handful of journalists were on hand to watch the U.S. women's basketball team win its Olympic opener against Croatia. It was an obvious contrast to the crammed news conference the previous day for the U.S. men's team, where reporters scurried toward Kobe Bryant and LeBron James before packing into a dense semi-circle seven or eight people deep. "This is more physical than our games," Bryant quipped as media members pushed and shoved one another. "I've seen at least two flagrant fouls.
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By Steven Petrella, The Baltimore Sun | July 7, 2012
When Angel McCoughtry steps on the floor of Basketball Arena in London later this month, she won't play in front of the largest crowd of her life. In her country's opening game against Croatia on July 28, the Baltimore native won't face the best competition she's ever seen. But to McCoughtry, the two weeks of basketball at this summer's Olympics will be the most important of her career thus far. "It's the best honor in the world and the best honor I've received in playing basketball," McCoughtry said.
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By Matt Vensel | February 9, 2011
We have all seen those basketball trick shot highlight reels . Some of you might have seen this bowling trick shot reel . Now we have a pretty mesmerizing football trick shot reel thanks to UConn Huskies backup quarterback Johnny McEntee. Check out this video of McEntee chucking footballs from the bleachers of UConn's basketball arena, completing blindfolded passes on the practice field and taking aim at a pizza delivery vehicle from a snow-covered parking lot. McEntee got a little help from his friends, too. Here's the video [hat tip to Deadspin via loyal reader @davewerk]
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By Natalie Sherman and The Baltimore Sun | September 15, 2014
The Baltimore Arena will be getting a face-lift quickly, with the city expected to select Royal Farms on Wednesday as the venue's new title sponsor. The Baltimore-based chain of convenience stores known for its fried chicken has agreed to pay $250,000 per year for five years to name the 14,000-seat arena the Royal Farms Arena. If approved, the new name would go into effect Nov. 1, according to the agenda for Wednesday's Board of Estimates meeting. Efforts to reach leaders of the 160-store business, which operates in Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania and Virginia, were unsuccessful Monday evening.
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January 21, 2002
Sports teams enhance sense of community, help fill city coffers Thank you for the timely, insightful and totally correct editorial concerning the benefits of building a new basketball arena to bring the NBA back to Baltimore ("Pro basketball in Baltimore," Jan. 12). People are always complaining about wasteful uses of tax dollars; the problem is that so many of those same people complain about good uses of tax dollars as well. And even though our new baseball park and football stadium have generated astonishing financial returns and promoted a refreshing community spirit, we can nonetheless expect the whining over the idea of a basketball arena to begin immediately.
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January 21, 2002
Sports teams enhance sense of community, help fill city coffers Thank you for the timely, insightful and totally correct editorial concerning the benefits of building a new basketball arena to bring the NBA back to Baltimore ("Pro basketball in Baltimore," Jan. 12). People are always complaining about wasteful uses of tax dollars; the problem is that so many of those same people complain about good uses of tax dollars as well. And even though our new baseball park and football stadium have generated astonishing financial returns and promoted a refreshing community spirit, we can nonetheless expect the whining over the idea of a basketball arena to begin immediately.
NEWS
January 12, 2002
THE ECONOMIC and social boom around Washington's MCI Center these days give a compelling reason for building a state-of-the-art basketball arena in downtown Baltimore. In Washington, the NBA Wizards are thrilling fans - and not only because of Michael Jordan's theatrics. The Wizards and the National Hockey League's Capitals are invigorating business in the city's Chinatown largely because of their modern arena. The 20,000-seat MCI Center is a big attraction in itself, like Camden Yards has been for Baltimore.
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