College Park, Md. – Students began lining up outside Comcast Center’s Gate F for the Maryland-Duke game on Tuesday night. Some took turns holding a place in line, while others stayed put and camped out.
Senior Eric Tracy and his friends were the first group in line, arriving at 5 p.m. on Tuesday.
Tracy calls the naming of Comcast Center’s floor “awesome.”
“Gary definitely deserves it,” he says.
In line with Tracy was fellow senior Christopher Carlson, who remembers when things got out of control after the Maryland-Duke game in 2010.
“I work at a law firm, so my boss told me not to go (to downtown College Park), but … a couple of my friends actually got their arms broken by the cops,” says Carlson. “I think the University of Maryland has really learned a lesson from last time, the P.G. County Police especially.”
Sophomore Geoffrey Wang got in line at Comcast Center at 7 p.m. Tuesday.
“That’s just huge,” Wang says of the naming of “Gary Williams Court.”
“We love Gary here. It’s unbelievable. He’s probably the most important individual to Maryland basketball. It’s great that we can do something to honor him after all he’s given us.”