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Baltimore Ravens complete three years of renovations for M&T Bank Stadium

The Baltimore Ravens recently announced completion of its three-year stadium renovation project at M&T Bank Stadium, designed by Populous. The result of a master plan, the work was completed in four distinct phases during each offseason, with the US$120m renovation to deliver modern-day amenities and improved seating options.

 

The Ravens unveiled upgrades each season for the past three years. Now, fans will be able to experience all new and upgraded amenities, including two massive 4K high-definition video boards, a renovated club level, an added field level club area and new corner suites, offering unique and premium experiences.

 

Dick Cass, President of the Ravens, said:

Our goal is to provide fans with memories they can only experience here. We’re proud of the work that’s been done to ensure we consistently produce one of the NFL’s best gameday experiences.

 

Populous has been working with the Ravens since originally designing the stadium in 1998. With suite renovations and additional seating in 2004 and club improvements in 2006, this latest renovation marks two decades of a relationship with the team. The scope of work includes architectural design, interior design, graphic design and brand activation.

 

Brady Spencer, Populous Principal, said:

The Ravens have a longstanding tradition of bringing people together for unforgettable experiences unique to the Baltimore community. We’re honoured to bring Ravens fans new ways to connect with the game and each other, giving Baltimore something to look forward to season after season.

 

 

Club Level Upgrades and New Sound System

All concessions stands and the bar/lounge areas on the stadium’s club level were upgraded to enhance the Club Level’s visual appeal while providing a more comfortable atmosphere. Over 220 new televisions were added along with four new large LED video boards for NFL and Ravens gameday programming.

 

With concessions improvements, guests will experience a wider array of food and drink options with increased quality. In addition, a brand-new sound system was installed to keep fans connected to the game while in the club lounges and concourse!

 

LED Stadium Lights

In addition to the new corner notch video boards and state-of-the-art sound system added prior to last season, guests will now experience brand new LED lights that illuminate the playing field while allowing the team’s game production staff to enhance the in-game entertainment experience at M&T Bank Stadium!

 

Ravens-Walk Updates

The newly renovated RavensWalk, connecting Oriole Park to M&T Bank Stadium, includes several upgrades and enhancements to make fans’ pregame experience even better.

 

Team partners and vendors line RavensWalk and provide an NFL-best tailgating experience, featuring live music, radio broadcasts, food and beverage and more!

 

Expanded Kitchen Facilities and Food Service Upgrades

While not all are visible to fans, kitchen facilities have been updated and expanded to improve food quality throughout M&T Bank Stadium. In addition to a brand-new primary kitchen, new equipment has been installed to all sixteen lower level concession stands to improve the speed of service.

 

Additionally, included in this upgrade are digital menu boards and updated condiment counters.

 

Northwest Elevators and Escalators 

With the final phase of the stadium renovation project now complete, elevators and escalators are now available on the Northwest side of the stadium. The new escalators allow North sideline and West end zone upper level ticket holders to have easier access to their seats. Additionally, the new elevators will assist guests with disabilities in getting to and from the upper levels. Also, Gate A-2 is now dedicated to exclusive access for upper level guests!

New Access Control System Including Self-Serve Ticket Scanners

ticket scanner

 

Self-serve ticket scanners have been added to all stadium entry points in order to offer a more efficient entry process when scanning digital tickets and PSL Owner cards. The new scanners allow fans to scan their tickets themselves to allow for quick scan-and-go entry into the stadium.

 

Devil’s Backbone Bar Near Section 128

Devils Backbone

 

Located just inside Gate D near section 128, the new Devil’s Backbone Bar features some of the company’s award-winning craft beers as well as multiple televisions to view NFL gameday programming. Devil’s Backbone Bar is available for pre-game private rental for groups up to 60. Each guest receives a premium game ticket, a Ravens hat, an all-you-can-eat catered menu and unlimited Coca-Cola, domestic beer and premium spirits beginning 2½ hours prior to kickoff.

 

Multi-Use Guest Service Locations Updated 

Ravens multi-use guest service locations in the lower level near sections 100 and 127 have been completely renovated to offer a larger, more modern space for guests. Private spaces that can be used for both nursing mothers and/or guests with special needs who might need to escape the elements during the game have been added. These spaces are now stocked with sensory items such as headphones, toys, etc., allowing a comfortable, quiet, private area for those that need it.

 

This new space was made possible by BOSE.

 

Photo Credit: Cambridge Architectural Metal Mesh

 

Cambridge Architectural etches metal mesh panels with Ravens wing 

When Ravens fans attend this year’s first home game, they’ll be greeted by several new enhancements at M&T Bank Stadium that include a series of Cambridge Architectural metal mesh panels etched with a signature ravens wing on the building’s façade.

 

Woven by Cambridge craftsmen on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, the durable stainless mesh panels also provide airflow, comfort from the elements and views of downtown for guests accessing the stadium’s upper levels via pedestrian ramps and a new set of escalators.

 

Etching is a common technique used by Cambridge to create visual elements and branding.

 

Tyler Robertson, AIA, Populous Architect/Associate Principal overseeing the stadium renovations, said:

The mesh would be beautiful on its own, but the Ravens created a distinct public art asset by having Cambridge Architectural etch 32 panels of their Mid-Balance mesh with a timeless design that celebrates the team and the City of Baltimore. The wing design changes the density of the etched mesh to create interest when approaching from the north and also from great distances on the skyline.

 

Details within the wing pattern are found throughout many M&T Bank Stadium upgrades in both public and premium spaces through coordination with Gilbane Building Company, the project’s general contractor. The etched mesh, according to Robertson, creates design continuity and is the largest and most visible of the stadium’s wing presentations.

 

The etching process darkens the polished stainless steel with a matte finish.

 

David Zeitlin, Cambridge Architectural’s Business Director, said:

Etching creates a subtle, but noticeable change in metal mesh’s appearance that can be used to outline images, shapes, lettering and logos. This is an added value that the Ravens and other Cambridge clients such as Coca-Cola, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, and the California Community College System have incorporated into mesh façade designs.

 

Home to the two-time world champion Ravens, 71,000-seat M&T Bank Stadium opened in 1998 and has been a fan favourite known for high-tech amenities, state-of-the-art concourse design and ease of access.

 

The Ravens and their landlord – the Maryland Stadium Authority – embarked on a three-year facility upgrade self-funded by the team to enhance the fan experience. The final phase of the renovation, completed this summer, included a revamped interior circulation ramp on the Northeast corner of the stadium and new escalator banks on the northwest corner designed to zoom fans to their seats. Both are covered by Cambridge mesh.

 

The use of stainless steel mesh made from regional manufactured recycling materials builds on M&T Bank Stadium’s record as the first existing outdoor professional sports facility in the United States to earn a LEED-certified “Gold” designation from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).

 

Cambridge Architectural is an active member of USGBC.Even the company’s manufacturing of architectural mesh – a cold forming process – generates less environmental impact than heat-treated products.

 

Project & team stats

Owner: Baltimore Ravens and Maryland Stadium Authority

Renovation Completion: August 2019

Cambridge Mesh Pattern: Mid-Balance

Cambridge Mesh Attachment System: Eyebolt

Architect: Populous, Kansas City, MO

General Contractor: Gilbane Building Company, Baltimore, MD office

 

Images & sources: Populous / Cambridge Architectural / Baltimore Ravens 

 

ALSD International – Europe’s one and only event dedicated to the Premium Seat & Hospitality sector – is coming to Croke Park Stadium this October, where some 50+ high-calibre experts from across Europe and North America will be providing insights on how to increase revenues through new builds, renovations and service expansions, as well as via the latest F&B and technology offerings.

 

 

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