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M&T Bank Stadium is a multi-purpose football stadium located in BaltimoreMaryland. It is the home of the Baltimore Ravens of the National Football League (NFL). The stadium is immediately adjacent to Oriole Park at Camden Yards, the home of the Baltimore Orioles. Often referred to as “Ravens Stadium”,[8] M&T Bank Stadium officially opened in 1998 and has been praised for its fan amenities, ease of access, concessions and other facilities.[9] The listed capacity for M&T Bank Stadium is 70,745.

The stadium was originally known as Ravens Stadium at Camden Yards, until PSINet acquired the naming rights in 1999, naming it PSINet Stadium. It then reverted to Ravens Stadium in 2002 when PSINet filed for bankruptcy. M&T Bank bought the naming rights in 2003 and signed a 15-year, $75 million contract with the Ravens, which was brokered by Team Services, LLC. The naming rights deal for M&T Bank Stadium was renewed for $60M over 10 years in 2014, extending the name through 2027.


Ground was broken for the new stadium in mid-1996, shortly after the arrival of the Ravens. The team played its first two years at Memorial Stadium. Although there was some sentiment from Baltimore residents in having the Ravens stay there permanently, it was deemed too old to host an NFL team. (The Orioles moved away from Memorial Stadium after the 1991 season.)

The stadium site was previously the site of the Wm. Knabe & Co. piano factory, which closed during The Great Depression. A sidewalk keyboard mosaic on the southwest corner of the stadium honors the company’s legacy.

In 2003M&T Bank acquired naming rights to the stadium. The bank had recently entered the Baltimore market with its purchase of Allfirst Bank. Two other companies were in the running to be granted naming rights to the stadium; they were reportedly Nextel and CarMax. Following the September 2002 death of Baltimore Colts quarterback Johnny Unitas, public sentiment leaned toward renaming the then-sponsorless stadium after the Baltimore icon. However, the Ravens and the Maryland Stadium Authority held firm in their right to negotiate naming rights fees. In the end, the plaza in front of the main entrance to the Ravens’ stadium was named “Unitas Plaza”, complete with a bronze statue of the Hall of Famer. The plaza formerly featured large banners, each containing a picture of Unitas in his playing days, flanking the stadium entrance. After 10 years, these were replaced by large metal 19s (Unitas’ number) for the 2012 season. In 2014, the Ravens unveiled a new statue of long-time Raven Ray Lewis next to Unitas’ statue. The bronze figure depicts Lewis in the final pose of his iconic “squirrel dance”, which he would perform before every Ravens home game upon coming on to the field.


The stadium contains five levels, being the lower bowl, club level, 300 suites level, 400 suites level, and the upper bowl. The lower bowl contains 42 rows of seats, split into two sections. The seats below the tunnel entrances are labeled from 1 to 18, while the seats above the tunnels are labeled from 19 to 42, except in sections 123-130, which contain rows 19-35, due to the press box taking up sideline space. On the club level, the rows are labeled from 1 to 13 on the sidelines, and 1 to 17 in the corners where no suites are located. In the upper bowl, the sideline seats are labeled from 1 to 32, while in the upper bowl end zones, the rows range from 1 to 26. Seat widths for the lower and upper bowls of the stadium vary from 19 to 21 inches, due to the curve design of the stadium, while the padded club seats range from 21 to 23 inches respectively.

The venue is served by the Hamburg Street station of the Baltimore Light Rail.

North-end view during the Ravens’ Super Bowl XLVII run in 2013. The stadium is lighted in purple LED every Ravens postseason.

Playing surface

The stadium originally featured a natural grass surface. However, an artificial surface, Sportexe Momentum Turf, was installed for the 2003 season, which in turn was replaced by a new-generation Sportexe Momentum 51 in 2010. On December 4, 2015, the Ravens announced that in 2016 the team will go back to natural grass playing surface.[10]


The Ravens are the stadium’s primary tenants. On December 7, 2008, an M&T Bank Stadium then-record crowd of 71,438 watched the Baltimore Ravens defeat the Washington Redskins 24-10 on Sunday Night Football, only to be surpassed the next week when the Pittsburgh Steelers defeated the Ravens 13–9 in front of 71,502.[11] On January 15, 2012, a record crowd of 71,547, the largest in Ravens history,[12] was in attendance at the 2011 Divisional Playoff Game in Baltimore against the Houston Texans, which the Ravens won 20–13.

Notable events

College football

In 2000, the stadium hosted the Army–Navy Game for the first time and has subsequently hosted the rivalry game in 20072014, and 2016.

In 2005, the stadium was the site of the first rematch in the MarylandNavy series known as the “Crab Bowl Classic” in 40 years.[13] The two teams played again at M&T Bank Stadium on September 6, 2010 and Maryland won 17–14.

On October 28, 2006, the stadium held a contest between Notre Dame and Navy in which Notre Dame won 38–14. In 2014, the stadium played host to Ohio StateNavy; Ohio State won 34–17.[14]

In 2013, the annual rivalry between Maryland and West Virginia was held at the stadium.[15]

On October 24, 2015, the stadium hosted a Big Ten match-up between Maryland and Penn State in which Penn State won 31–30.[16]

In 2022, Notre Dame and Navy are set to play once again at the stadium

High school football

The Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association (MPSSAA) held the four state football championships for Maryland’s public high schools at M&T Bank Stadium until 2016. Two Baltimore high school football rivalry games have been held at the stadium in November. Baltimore City College plays Baltimore Polytechnic Institute every November, in one of the oldest high school football rivalries in the United States. Every Thanksgiving, Loyola Blakefield and Calvert Hall College also square off in what has now been called for many years as the Turkey Bowl, usually reaching up to 13,000 people in the audience.[17] Both games were once played back-to-back on Thanksgiving Day at Memorial Stadium. However, when City College and Polytechnic joined the MPSSAA before 1994 season, the game was forced to be played in early November, due to MPSSAA rules and playoff schedule.


View of the stadium from Russell Street

On July 24, 2009, English Premier League club Chelsea F.C. won 2–1 against Italian Serie A team A.C. Milan in the first World Football Challenge at M&T Bank Stadium in front of a crowd of 71,203.[18] On July 28, 2012 the stadium hosted a match between Premier League teams Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur before 42,723 fans.[19]

The stadium was a venue for the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup, drawing a crowd of 70,450 to watch a quarter finals doubleheader between the United States v. El Salvador, and Honduras v. Costa Rica.[20] The 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup had two quarterfinals games at the stadium: United States v. Cuba and Haiti v. Jamaica, played in front of 37,994 spectators.

Date Winning Team Result Losing Team Tournament Spectators
July 24, 2009 England Chelsea 2–1 Italy A.C. Milan World Football Challenge 71,203
July 31, 2010 Italy Inter Milan 3–0 England Manchester City Club Friendly 36,569
July 28, 2012 England Liverpool 0–0 England Tottenham Hotspur Club Friendly 42,723
July 21, 2013  United States 5–1  El Salvador 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup Quarterfinals 70,540
 Honduras 1–0  Costa Rica
July 18, 2015  United States 6–0  Cuba 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup Quarterfinals 37,994
 Jamaica 1–0  Haiti
July 16, 2022 England Arsenal 2–0 England Everton Club Friendly 39,245

M&T Bank Stadium on October 24, 2021


The stadium serves as an alternate venue for the Johns Hopkins University men’s lacrosse team, and was the site of the semifinals and final of the NCAA Division I Men’s Lacrosse Championship in 20032004200720102011, and 2014Major League Lacrosse‘s Baltimore Bayhawks used the stadium as their home during the 2002 season.

Music and entertainment[edit]

Date Artist Opening act(s) Tour / Concert name Attendance Revenue Notes
July 4, 2000 Metallica Korn
Kid Rock
Powerman 5000
System of a Down
Summer Sanitarium Tour 39,257 / 50,000 $2,415,205
May 10, 2008 Kenny Chesney Brooks & Dunn
Big & Rich
LeAnn Rimes
Gary Allan
Poets and Pirates Tour 42,316 / 45,359 $3,563,206
June 22, 2011 U2 Florence and the Machine U2 360° Tour 74,557 / 74,557 $6,832,510 Biggest concert in the stadium’s history.
August 8, 2013 Jay-Z
Justin Timberlake
DJ Cassidy Legends of the Summer 49,668 / 49,668 $4,726,398
July 7, 2014 Beyoncé
On the Run Tour 51,212 / 51,212 $5,016,036 Fastest selling concert in the stadium’s history.[21]
July 25, 2015 Billy Joel LeAnn Rimes Billy Joel in Concert 39,662 / 39,662 $4,481,549 Returned to Baltimore after nearly 40 years[22]
August 8, 2015 One Direction Icona Pop On the Road Again Tour 41,467 / 41,467 $3,690,753
June 10, 2016 Beyoncé DJ Khaled Formation World Tour 47,819 / 47,819 $5,770,660 WaleYo Gotti and Trey Songz joined DJ Khaled during the opening act.[23]
May 10, 2017 Metallica Avenged Sevenfold
WorldWired Tour 55,705 / 55,705 $5,970,421
October 2, 2021 Garth Brooks TBA The Garth Brooks Stadium Tour TBA TBA

M&T Bank Stadium at night during a Monday Night Football game against the Indianapolis Colts on October 11, 2021

Popular music festival HFStival appeared at the stadium in 1999 & 2005, as Foo FightersRed Hot Chili PeppersSilverchairThe Mighty Mighty BosstonesThe OffspringBlink-182Goo Goo DollsBilly Idol, and Coldplay have all played the concert.

Monster Jam was held at the stadium for the first time in 2011, and the stadium has been announced to become a normal stop on the summer tour. Monster Jam returned for the third time on June 8, 2013.

Popular culture

It served as Nextel Stadium, the home field for the fictional Washington Sentinels in the 2000 film The Replacements.[24] The stadium was also supposed to be the location of the football game in the 2002 film The Sum of All Fears and included footage of the presidential motorcade going to the building. However, the stadium used for the aerial shots is the domed Olympic Stadium in Montreal, while the book used Denver as the locale for the attack.[25]

It was featured in “Stadium,” a 2013 television public service announcement which was part of the “I Want To Be Recycled” advertising campaign for Keep America Beautiful and the Ad Council. The stadium is partially constructed from post-consumer recycled aluminum.[26][27]

Coronavirus pandemic

On February 25th, 2021, M&T Bank Stadium became the third mass vaccination site in the state of Maryland, inoculating residents against COVID-19. It is a public-private partnership between the Maryland Air National Guard and the University of Maryland Medical System and has the capacity to do up to 6,000-10,000 vaccinations a day, supply notwithstanding.[28][29]


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