M&T Bank Stadium, Home of the Baltimore Ravens

Located at the south point of Baltimore’s Camden Yards, M&T Bank Stadium is the home of the Baltimore Ravens, the city’s NFL champions. Visiting the stadium for a Baltimore Ravens game is a treat: the stadium boasts state-of-the-art SmartVision video screens in each end zone so you don’t miss a single play. Measuring 100 feet by 24 feet, they’re the largest permanent computer-operated video display screens in any sports venue anywhere in the world.

The stadium also offers a stunning view of Baltimore’s skyline, as well as room for more than 71,000 fans. Completed in 1998 at an estimated cost of $220 million, the stadium soars over Oriole Park and features 119 suites and more than 8,000 club seats.

The Baltimore Ravens are a true Baltimore obsession. During football season, it’s common to see purple flags flying all over the city in honor of the team’s dark purple uniforms. In 2001, when the team won the Super Bowl, the city erupted in the sounds of car horns, firecrackers, and excited shouts as fans congregated in the streets to celebrate.

M&T Bank Stadium also hosts other events, such as Army-Navy games, rock concerts, and NCAA lacrosse tournaments.

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Baltimore Golf

Golf may not be the first thing you think of when you think of Baltimore, but there’s actually several dozen golf courses in and around the city, many of them quite challenging. Baltimore’s first public golf course, Clifton Park, was established in 1915 on the grounds of Johns Hopkins summer mansion. It’s still in use today, offering golfers a green retreat in the midst of an urban landscape.

Other courses in the city offer wooded landscapes, tranquil watersheds, and plenty of wildlife. Baltimore is the past home of several PGA and LPGA Tournaments, as well as the Eastern Invitational Open. Arnold Palmer won his second American tournament here and Nancy Lopez won her second professional tournament.

There are dozens of courses, but whichever one you choose, Baltimore’s golf courses offer serene settings and the ideal retreat from meetings, conventions, tradeshows, seminars and work. Some are a 10-minute cab ride away from Baltimore’s convention hotels and business district, while others require a short trip into the suburbs. But all offer unique views and a challenging game, and if you’re a golfer visiting the city, you won’t want to miss them.

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Oriole Park at Camden Yards

Oriole Park at Camden Yards, the beautiful baseball-only facility in downtown Baltimore, became the official home of the Orioles on April 6, 1992. The construction of the park was completed in essentially 33 months from the time razing previous structures on the 85-acre parcel began June 28, ‘89, in the area known as Camden Yards.

The one-time railroad center is 12 minutes west by foot from the City’s Inner Harbor and only 2 blocks from the birthplace of baseball’s most legendary hero, George Herman “Babe” Ruth. Ruth’s father operated Ruth’s Cafe on the ground floor of the family residence located at Conway Street and Little Paca, now center field at Oriole Park. The ballpark seats 48,876 (including standing room) and the project cost was approximately $110 million. It was designed by the Kansas City architectural firm of Helmuth, Obata and Kassabaum (HOK) with direction and input from the Orioles and the State of Maryland, which owns and operates the facility through its agency, the Maryland Stadium Authority (MSA).

Working under contract to HOK were the urban design firm of RTKL, the landscape architecture firm of Wallace, Roberts, and Todd, and the engineering firms of Bliss and Nyitray: Rummel, Klepper, and Kahl: and Kidde Consultants, Inc. Working under contract to the Orioles were the interior design firm of Forte Design and the graphic design firm of David Ashton and Associates.

Oriole Park is state-of-the-art yet unique, traditional and intimate in design. It blends with the urban context of downtown Baltimore while taking its image from baseball parks built in the early 20th century. Steel, rather than concrete trusses, an arched brick facade, a sun roof over the gentle slope of the upper deck, an asymmetrical playing field, and natural grass turf are just some of the features that tie it to those magnificent big league ballparks built in the early 1900’s. Ebbets Field (Brooklyn), Shibe Park (Philadelphia), Fenway Park (Boston), Crosley Field (Cincinnati), Forbes Fields (Pittsburgh), Wrigley Field (Chicago), and The Polo Grounds (New York) were among the ballparks that served as powerful influences in the design of Oriole Park.

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