M&T Bank Stadium - Baltimore, Maryland - home of the NFL's Baltimore Ravens



M&T Bank Stadium, located on the south point of Camden Yards near Major League Baseball's Oriole Park, is home to the NFL's Baltimore Ravens. The venue also hosted the Army-Navy clash in 2000, Navy vs. Notre Dame in 2002, and NCAA lacrosse tournaments in 2003 and 2004. It has also been host to concerts such as the 2005 HFStival, an event boasting some of the most popular heavy metal bands of the time, which brought in roughly 90,000 fans.

The stadium, costing $220 million to build, completed construction in 1998, just two years after breaking ground in 1996. Originally the stadium was known as Ravens Stadium at Camden Yards, but acquired its current name in a sponsorship deal with M&T Bank signed in 2003. The venue itself is owned by the Maryland Stadium Authority. For a short period of time, M&T Bank Stadium was known as PSINet Stadium. This lasted from 1999 until PSINet filed for bankruptcy in 2002.

With a seating capacity of 71,008 for football games, the open-roofed M&T Bank Stadium offers 8,196 club seats and 119 luxury suites. Each suite has room for between 20 and 24 fans, and offers amenities such as VIP parking, three TVs, and an attentive waitstaff.

The club seats provide patrons with VIP parking and access to fully-staffed bars, as well as club lounges and delicious food. The club lounges can be reserved on a non-game day for private events. Throughout the stadium are 55 concession stands. M&T Bank Stadium also has seven public elevators (four which are disabled accessible). The upper seating levels have openings in each corner which allow for views of the city. This also results in the upper-level seating at the end zones being nearer to the field, something many fans will surely appreciate.

In 2003, the natural grass field was replaced with Sportexe Momentum Turf, a synthetic playing surface made of sand and rubber designed to maximize the performance of the players. In 2004, this playing surface was voted sixth in the league in an Association poll.

The stadium also boasts two SmartVision screens situated at opposing end zones. With dimensions of 100' x 24', these screens are the largest computer operated display screens in any stadium in the world, and the display can be broken up into up 16 separate pictures. Featuring 1,894 custom speakers, it can take as many as 25 people to operate the two screens.

In the movie The Replacements (2000), starring Keanu Reeves, M&T Bank Stadium was used as the location of the home field for the fictitious team, the Washington Sentinels. On the southwest plaza sidewalk is a piano key mosaic. This mosaic is in honor of the Knabe Piano Factory, which was replaced by the M&T Bank Stadium after the company relocated. Another memorial found in the venue is dedicated to former Baltimore Colts quarterback, Johnny Unitas, who passed away in September 2002. In the northwest corner of the venue is Unitas Plaza, named in his honor with a bronze statue dedicated to the former football star.

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