Breaking ground in 1996, M&T Bank Stadium opened in 1998 and is known as one of the most easily accessible and positive fan experiences in the National Football League.
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|Address:||1101 Russell St, Baltimore, Maryland, 21230|
|Stadium Owner:||Maryland Stadium Authority|
|Former Names:||Ravens Stadium at Camden Yards, PSINet Stadium, Ravens Stadium|
|Structural Engineer:||Bliss and Nyitray, Inc.|
|Playing Surface:||Tifway 419 Bermuda Grass|
This stadium originally hosted 68,400 fans when it was designed by HOK Sport (now Kansas City-based Populous) and cost $220 million to construct. It has gone through four smaller renovations to expand up to 71,008-person capacity and has bounced from Bermuda Grass to turf and back to the new Tifway 419 Bermuda Grass blend.
M&T Bank is one of the few stadiums to consider its suites as individual levels and not a part of one of the general seating bowls. The suites are available to both game staff like coaches and broadcasters as well as fans, but are broken up into two separate levels. Located between the middle and upper decks, the suites run in the same circle as the video boards on both end zones. Unlike other stadiums that present the video boards as a big screen in one end zone, M&T Bank has seats above the video boards to create a more intimate multimedia experience.
Stadium history in Baltimore is as confusing and controversial as the football history of the city. Teams initially played in the former Memorial Stadium, but after the Colts packed up in Mayflower trucks in the middle of the night to head to Indianapolis in 1983, Baltimore was left without a team for a decade.
In 1994, the Canadian Football League placed the Baltimore Stallions in the city as part of its below-the-border expansion. The Stallions were the only franchise that had any success, winning the CFL championship in 1995. The large fan base attracted the eyes of Cleveland Browns owner Art Modell, so when the CFL stopped playing in the United States, the Browns were relocated as the Ravens.
By this time, Memorial Stadium had been too broken down as a multipurpose arena hosting baseball, football and soccer. The franchise built M&T Bank Stadium instead on the site of a piano factory that had shut down during the Great Depression.
A sidewalk mosaic celebrates the history of the piano factory, statues of Baltimore Colts greats like Johnny Unitas adorn the grounds and Memorial Stadium was unceremoniously demolished in 2003.
A frequent host of international soccer and college football, M&T Bank has hosted numerous big games since opening. The CONCACAF Gold Cup quarterfinals were held at the stadium twice and hosted the world-renowned Army-Navy game multiple times. But unlike other NFL stadiums, M&T Bank has a large influence in lacrosse.
Hosting six NCAA national championships and serving as an alternate home to Johns Hopkins men’s team, M&T Bank is one of the premier lacrosse facilities in the world.
Naming rights will stay with M&T Bank through 2027. The finance company bought the naming rights after previous sponsor PSINet filed for bankruptcy in 2002. Fans initially fought the naming rights and wanted to name it Unitas Field, given that the quarterback had died within days of the bankruptcy filing. Stadium owner Maryland Stadium Authority compromised by selling the field rights and creating the Unitas Plaza at the main entrance to the stadium.
Baltimore Ravens Info
|Rivals:||Pittsburgh Steelers, Cleveland Browns, New England Patriots, Cincinnati Bengals, Tennessee Titans, Indianapolis Colts, Washington Football Team|
|Team Colours:||Purple, black, metallic gold|
|Fight Song:||The Baltimore Fight Song|
|Team Owner:||Steve Bisciotti|
|Top Passing Leader:||Joe Flacco|
|Top Rushing Leader:||Emmitt Smith|
|Top Points Scorer:||Matt Stover|
|AV Leader:||Ray Lewis|
|Winningest Coach:||John Harbaugh|
|Famous Players:||Ed Reed, Jonathan Ogden, Terrell Suggs, Haloti Ngata, Jamal Lewis|
|Famous Coaches:||John Harbaugh, Jim Harbaugh, Brian Billick|
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Frequently Asked Questions
Who plays at M&T Bank Stadium?
Baltimore Ravens play their home matches at M&T Bank Stadium.
What is the capacity of M&T Bank Stadium?
As of 2021 M&T Bank Stadium has an official seating capacity of 71,008 for Football matches.
When was M&T Bank Stadium opened?
M&T Bank Stadium officially opened in 1998 and is home to Baltimore Ravens
What is the ZIP code for M&T Bank Stadium?
The ZIP code for M&T Bank Stadium is 21230.
Are there any Covid restrictions at the stadium?
Covid Restrictions may be in place when you visit M&T Bank Stadium in 2021. Please visit the official website of Baltimore Ravens for full information on changes due to the Coronavirus.