The Baltimore Ravens have been one of the best teams in the National Football League (NFL) over the past several years. They compete for a playoff spot just about every season and have won a Super Bowl since the turn of the century.
So it comes as no surprise that a franchise as successful as the Ravens would play its home games in a stadium that is considered one of the best in the entire league.
M&T Bank Stadium, more commonly known as “The Bank,” by local fans, opened its doors to the public in 1998. That year and until 1999, just one year later, the park was called Ravens Stadium at Camden Yards. The name was changed in 1999 and the park was then called PSINet Stadium. That name stayed on the park’s outside wall until 2002.
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That’s when the name was changed again, to the simple and direct Ravens Stadium. In 2003, the ballpark got its last new name, M&T Bank Stadium which is how the park is now known.
While no longer new, (M&T Bank Stadium is now sixteen years old), this modern and comfortable stadium is ranked as one of the best in the entire National Football League for its fan-friendly amenities, its outstanding concessions and it’s polite and helpful staff.
Every Sunday home game begins with fans arriving hours before the start of the game for the sole purpose of “cooking up a storm” in the parking lot. The rich and enticing aroma of barbecued meats fills the air and al fresco dining seems to take place near every parked car.
As game time nears, cooking stops and an orderly procession of very well-fed fans makes its way into the park where assigned seats await them.
A comfortable and pleasant environment makes every game “a winner,” even when the home team loses. Fans leave the park, better for the experience they just enjoyed.
Of course, M&T Bank Stadium is a multi-purpose facility. And while the Baltimore Ravens are the only permanent tenant, other sporting events take place in “The Bank” from time to time.
For example, college football is popular in Maryland. Navy plays some of its home games at this ballpark every college football season. The High School Football State Championships take place at M&T Bank Stadium, as well. There are even Lacrosse contests on the field when football is not being played.
And, because this stadium is a multi-purpose venue, concerts have drawn large crowds, too. Music fans have been able to see performances by the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Billy Joel, U2, Justin Timberlake, Jay Z, the Goo Goo Dolls and many more.
Good football at every level … great music from top performers … superb in-park amenities, this team and the ballpark it calls home are first class all the way.
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