The Baltimore Blast plays all its home games at 1st Mariner Arena, located in the heart of downtown Baltimore.
1st Mariner Arena
1st Mariner Arena, Baltimore's largest indoor sports and entertainment facility, has long been considered an anchor, which contributed to the growth and prosperity of Baltimore. The facility opened in 1962 and was the cornerstone of the Baltimore Inner Harbor redevelopment. Major renovations occurred in the late 80's. The 1st Mariner Arena is just a short distance from harbor front attractions and major hotels. An 850-car garage is attached to the facility for the convenience of patron parking and there are thousands of additional parking spaces nearby.
1st Mariner Arena began as the Civic Center in 1962. In 1986 the facility was renamed the Baltimore Arena and in 2003 was again renamed 1st Mariner Arena. The official opening of the Civic Center began with a Baltimore Clippers game with entertainment by Paul Anka. From there, the list of stars and guests increased with acts like the Beatles, Elvis, the Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Frank Sinatra, the Supremes, and more.
1st Mariner Arena is City-owned facility which hosts an average of 800,000 guests and 120 events annually. One professional sports franchise-- the Baltimore Blast soccer team calls 1st Mariner Arena home. Shows like Sesame Street Live, Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey Circus, Disney on Ice, Stars on Ice, Monster Jam, Motocross, WWE and more, regularly play the facility each year. The Arena also hosts events such as boxing, basketball, graduations, tennis, comedy shows and other miscellaneous events.
SMG, a Philadelphia-based private facility management company, assumed leadership of 1st Mariner Arena in 1999. Since then the Arena has hosted some of the biggest names in entertainment such as Bruce Springsteen, U2, Janet Jackson, Jay-Z, The Eagles, the Rolling Stones and more. In April of 2006 1st Mariner Arena hosted the 55th Annual Miss USA Competition. In the fall of 2009, the Arena served as the host of Maryland’s first ever Mixed Martial Arts event, Shogun Fights.
Blast owner and 1st Mariner Bank President and CEO Ed Hale acquired the naming rights to the arena through his company Arena Ventures, LLC as a result of a national competitive bidding process conducted by the City of Baltimore. Arena Ventures has agreed to pay the City $75,000 annually for 10 years for the naming rights.
As part of the naming rights agreement, 1st Mariner Bank has the right to place a series of 1st Mariner Arena signs on the building’s exterior, as well as place signage throughout the interior of the arena and its concourses.
1st Mariner Arena has 11,000 permanent seats (three levels in a horseshoe shape) facing a 58' deep x 117' wide x 42' high wooden permanent proscenium stage. Temporary seating is used on the floor and/or the stage for various event configurations. With floor seating, concert or meeting capacity is 13,500; other shows and sporting events capacities range from 11,000 to 14,000. The Arena can also be curtained down to a 5,000-person capacity with a portable stage house center. The ice system was completely replaced in 1997.
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