Ravens Unveil Renovations Planned for M&T Bank Stadium

| December 12, 2023 | 0 Comments

Today, the Baltimore Ravens unveiled renovation plans for M&T Bank Stadium. Just like the Baltimore Orioles and Oriole Park at Camden Yards, the Ravens are able to tap into $600 million in state bonds to renovate M&T Bank Stadium thanks to a Maryland bill passed in 2022.

In January, the Ravens and Maryland Stadium Authority agreed to a new lease to keep the team at M&T Bank Stadium until 2037 with two five-year options to extend.

The Ravens completed a three-year, $120-million self-funded renovation of M&T Bank Stadium in 2019. The improvements included new 4K ultra-high definition video displays, new escalators and elevators to the upper deck, a new sound system, upgraded kitchen facilities, a redesigned club level, and new suites.

The Ravens have spent a total of approximately $220 million in stadium enhancements since 1998.

Upcoming renovations in the new plan include new field-level suites and clubs, suites at the top of the lower level, new retail buildings on the exterior of the stadium, new tailgating areas, new indoor bars and rooftop deck bars, expanded and upgraded concourses, additional bathrooms, and a future plaza.

Gensler is the Ravens designer on the project.

Renderings courtesy of Gensler 

From the Baltimore Ravens:

For the last 25 seasons, the Ravens have strived to provide a gameday experience worthy of The Flock, leading to an atmosphere, and home field advantage, that rivals any sports venue in the world.

And now, over the next three years (2024-2026), we will embark upon a series of significant projects that will evolve the gameday and year-round fan offerings at M&T Bank Stadium as we enhance the experience beyond the seat.

In addition to substantial developments on the exterior plazas, every level of the venue will undergo renovations – thus completely transforming the stadium experience for all and ensuring that M&T Bank Stadium remains a world-class NFL and entertainment venue well into the future.

North Plaza

Serving as the Grand Entrance to M&T Bank Stadium, the revitalized North Plaza will feature two large structures flanking the gates. The west structure will include an open-air tailgate & concert venue with three levels of viewing, a main stage, and an indoor sports bar on the main level that will quickly become the stadium’s premier pre-game destination. The east structure will feature a 7,000 sq ft retail space with a second-floor hospitality area that prominently features key pieces of Ravens artifacts and memorabilia, providing fans the unique ability to immerse themselves in team history. This new plaza experience also provides an ideal location for events throughout the year.

Select Features

• Performance stage
• LED video boards
• Ravens Retail store
• Indoor sports bar
• Ravens history experience
• Event opportunities throughout the year
• Club Level access

Scheduled Completion: 2025

The Gatehouse 

A gateway to M&T Bank Stadium, the Gatehouse offers two levels of social space for fans to experience before, during and after every home game. With a sports bar vibe, fans can enjoy drinks and socializing on the main floor while surrounded by video screens, or they can take in sights from the rooftop deck and gather “Baltimore style” under string lights while taking in a city view. The Gatehouse is located on the stadium’s east side just outside of Gate B.

Select Features

• Over 5,000 sq ft on both levels
• Each floor accommodates 350-400 people
• Dedicated restrooms on each floor

Scheduled Completion: 2024

Upper Concourse Expansion 

Concourses on the Upper Level of M&T Bank Stadium will expand in multiple areas, providing fans in “The Perch” additional space to enjoy unique food offerings and pre-game parties, while enjoying the best views of Charm City on gameday.

Select Features

• Over 12,000 sq ft of additional space to be added across three locations
• Increase in restroom capacity
• Improved concourse circulation

Scheduled Completion: 2025

South Club 

An ultra-premium field-level club with unique team access, the South Club will offer a lounge-like atmosphere to South Club seat holders, as well as individual and corporate members. The space will provide an exclusive view of the Ravens’ player tunnel at the 50-yard line, allowing members to watch the team take the field for pre-game warmups, in addition to offering the ability to view live head coach and player post-game press conferences.

Select Features

• View of the Ravens’ player tunnel at the 50-yard line
• View of the Ravens’ post-game press conference room
• All-inclusive premium food & beverage
• Concierge service
• Seating can accommodate 400 guests
• Shared boutique & restrooms

Scheduled Completion: 2025

North Club 

This elevated club experience at field level offers guests, both with seats and memberships, convenient access from the main concourse. Situated at the 50-yard line, there will be a limited number of field seats available, while all members will enjoy a social sports bar area with seating, screens, and climate control throughout the game.

Select Features

• All-inclusive food & beverage
• North Club can accommodate 350 guests
• Access to Club restrooms throughout the game

Scheduled Completion: 2025

West End Zone Club 

This field-level space offers a new club experience to fans who want to add a premium option to their gameday through an End Zone Club membership. The club will be home to two featured bars, with premium food and beverage. The club will operate both before and after the game, giving members a chance to heat up, cool down or relax following a Ravens’ victory.

Select Features

• All-inclusive food & beverage
• Premium bar experience
• Access to Club restrooms throughout the game
• Club can accommodate up to 500 guests

Scheduled Completion: 2025

West End Zone Suites

Suite holders can take in the game from two rows of seating directly on the field in the west end zone of M&T Bank Stadium. Guests will not only have access to the West End Zone Club, but they’ll be able to enjoy a social suite experience with a private suite, as well as access to a members-only social area outfitted with bar and food service stations before, during and after the game.

Select Features

• Exclusive field-level seating
• All Inclusive food & beverage
• Includes parking
• Pre-game and post-game access to suites
• Concierge service

Scheduled Completion: 2025

The Blackwing (replacing the current press box)

Guests of M&T Bank Stadium will soon enjoy the best game-action view in the building from the most luxurious accommodations available. Situated just below the club level along the Ravens’ sideline, The Blackwing features 10 individual suites all connected to a private club that feels like a throwback to a speakeasy bar and lounge. This experience includes concierge service, high-end food and beverage options, mixologists at the bar, featured cocktails, a special selection of bakery items from a pastry chef and more. Members of The Blackwing will have access to the exclusive club on non-gamedays, as well.

Select Features

• Includes parking service
• Concierge service
• All-inclusive food & beverage in lounge & suites
• Private restrooms in each suite
• Fully enclosed balcony with retractable glass

Scheduled Completion: 2024

South Plaza

Providing a primary collective entry into Gate D, the South Plaza will welcome fans who approach the stadium from Warner Street and will feature a Flagship retail store.

Scheduled Completion: 2026 (more details coming soon)

 

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