Revamp work lends spiffy look to M&T Bank Stadium



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M&T Bank Stadium Baltimore Image: Maryland Stadium Authority

The three-year US$120m overhauling work of M&T Bank Stadium – designed by Populous – was completed recently. The Baltimore Ravens had undertaken the revamp work.

The refurbishing work was done as part of a master plan and the work was completed in four distinct phases during each offseason. The stadium has been fitted with modern-day amenities and sophisticated seating options.

The Ravens unveiled upgrades each season for the past three years. Fans will get to experience state-of-the-art facilities in the spiffy stadium 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.

The 71,000-capacity M&T Bank Stadium opened in 1998 and has been an all-time favorite of fans attributed to its plush amenities, latest concourse design and easy access facilities. The venue is home to two-time world champion Ravens.

The Ravens and their landlord – the Maryland Stadium Authority – spruced up the facility on their own to be able to give a more rich experience to supporters.

Jeffrey Provenzano, Vice-President, Facilities, Maryland Stadium Authority, US, is a member of Coliseum’s Global Strategic Committee.

Dick Cass, President of 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 game day experiences.”

Populous has been working with Ravens since 1998. The architectural major was involved in suite renovations and additional seating work of the facility in 2004 and club improvements in 2006. The latest spruce-up work marks two decades of a relationship with the team. The scope of work includes architectural design, interior design, and graphic design and brand activation.

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

The revamp work included improvisation of all concession stands and the bar/lounge areas on the stadium’s club level. This was done to give a more exalted look to the Club Level and provide a more relaxed ambience. Four new large LED video boards for NFL and Ravens game day programming were added along with 220 new televisions.

Guests will have an exalted experience when it comes to gastronomic delight. A brand-new sound system was installed to keep fans connected to the game while in the club lounges and concourse!

Apart from the perfect acoustics added prior to last season, brand new LED lights will illuminate the playing field of M&T Bank Stadium to give an elevated experience to fans.

The just upgraded RavensWalk which connects Oriole Park to M&T Bank Stadium has been augmented and will cheer up supporters’ spirits just before match starts.

To serve quality food to fans, kitchen facilities have been made state-of-the-art and new equipment has been installed in all 16 lower level concession stands to improve the speed of service in the facility. Digital menu boards and updated condiment counters are part of the upgrade.

Elevators and escalators are now available on the Northwest side of the stadium. North sideline and West end zone upper level ticket holders will find it easier now to get access to their seats. The new elevators will also help mobility impaired supporters to get to their seats. Gate A-2 is exclusively for the upper level guests.

Self-serve ticket scanners have been installed at all stadium entry points to expedite the entry process. Fans can scan their own tickets in the process facilitating quick scan-and-go entry into the arena.

Ravens multi-use guest service locations in the lower level near sections 100 and 127 have been completely renovated to make room for more space for guests. Private spaces are available devoted to nursing mothers and guests with special needs. This new space was made possible by BOSE.

A series of Cambridge Architectural metal mesh panels etched with a signature ravens wing on the building’s façade will greet Ravens fans when they attend this year’s first home game. 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, comments, “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.”

M&T Bank Stadium is the first existing outdoor professional sports facility in the United States to earn a LEED-certified ‘Gold’ designation from the US Green Building Council (USGBC).

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