Stadium #29
M&T Bank Stadium
Baltimore, MD
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December 20, 2009
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  Stadium Vitals
Built: 1998
Capacity: 70,107 seats
Playing Surface: Sportexe
Momentum Turf

Beer: $7.50
Hot Dog: $4.00
Stadium Parking: $40.00
M & T Bank
Stadium Address
1101 Russell Street
Baltimore, MD 21230
(410) 261-RAVE (7283)

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Stadium Review
- The Snow Storm
As the east coast was being pounded by a record setting snowstorm with designs on crippling the region, I found myself rolling in the Quest Machine into the heart of it all. I had tickets for an NFL weekend doubleheader with the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium on Sunday  and the Washington Redskins on Monday Night Football at FedExField. The storm was expected to dump twenty-two inches of snow on an area thatís typically shut down by an inch or two, so figuring the first several hours of the storm would weed out those destined to maroon themselves in a snow bank on the side of the road, I timed my trip to arrive in the beltway after the brunt of the storm front had passed. For the most part, the route was completely clear until I hit western Pennsylvania, then things began to slow to a crawl for the last leg of my journey. White-knuckling in down the road behind a frozen windshield wiper that refused to clear the center of my field of view, I eventually arrived around 11:00pm on Saturday night. A little inclement weather certainly cannot deter the Quest!

    

The Baltimore Ravens game, which was originally set for a 1:00pm kickoff the next day, was moved to 4:15pm by the NFL due to the weather; and with the Chicago Bears still stranded in Chicago, there was actually talk of postponing the game again Ö potentially to Monday Night.  Unfortunately for someone like me, with designs on a weekend doubleheader, the move to Monday night could potentially derail my plans for completion of the Quest in 2009. 

Crews worked around the clock, throughout the storm, clearing snow from the stadium and from the surrounding roads and parking lots with all types of construction equipment.  It was an impressive operation that continued into Sunday morning, and thankfully, due to their diligent work, gametime was on target to proceed as planned at 4:15pm.

Leaving from the beltway early Sunday morning, I was accompanied by my fraternity brother Jamin, who was also with me for Stadium #7 Lambeau Field in Green Bay Wisconsin.  We decided to give ourselves plenty of time to get to Baltimore and ended up arriving a full five and half hours before game time. The lots were clear, massive piles of snow surrounded the periphery, but there was noone else there.

Baltimore is highly regarded as one of the better tailgating venues in the National Football League and a proud tradition remains among this solid fanbase of diehards that hits the lot each week rain or shine. This is a city that unexpectedly lost its team in 1984, when Owner Jim Irsay packed up the Baltimore Colts in the dead of the night and rolled out of town bound for Indianapolis.  This was an event that devastated the city, but united its fanbase and their love of pro football.  When the Ravens came to town in 1996, they were immediately embraced and a new chapter of Pro Football in Baltimore was begun.

What I found in walking the lot was a strong, resilient fanbase that bleeds purple. Although the storm had taken its toll on the City of Baltimore and its outlying areas, Ravens Fans persevered.  They dug themselves out and headed for M&T Bank Stadium to support their Ravens in the final push for a playoff berth. I was told by many of the fans I talked to that several of the larger tailgates were canceled or delayed due to the storm.  So although sparse pockets of tailgaters began the day, right before game time the lots were full with folks talking football, grilling up meats, and enjoying their ice cold beverages of choice.

I found the Ravens fans to be a welcoming breed. Knowledgeable on the game of football, and committed, as you might imagine, to the Defensive side of the ball. GM Ozzie Newsome continues to reload this Super Bowl caliber defense with exceptional talent as each successive draft passes. These days, with recent draft picks such as Joe Flacco, Ray Rice and Michael Oher, the offense is finally coming along as well. Considering the young talent they have that's flanked by strong veteran leadership, these guys should continue to be a force in the AFC from many years to come.

Right before game time, I was invited by Hall of Fame Fan, the Purple Dame, to stop by her tailgate before heading into the stadium. This group of super fans including the highly recognizable Sports Steve and Captain Dee-Fense, represents the concentrated core of Raven ambassadors charged with hyping the crowd each week and providing that necessary 12th man support to rally the home team. We spent some time kicking back a couple of cold ones and talking Ravens football right until gametime. Itís always interesting when you find kindred spirits who love the game of football as much as you do, so the conversation flowed as freely as the amber bock. Iím told that National Bohemian Beer, or ďNatty BoĒ is the classic local beer of choice as it was once brewed right in Baltimore. Not being one to buck the system, I had a few.

Heading over to M&T Bank Stadium, we ascended the stairs bound for Section 545 to our gameday perch. The stands were filled with purple and black and I have to say I was fairly impressed with the Ravens 12th man. The commitment of the front office to the defensive side of the ball, has really spurned a culture of defensive fan support. Third down, as you would expect is a big one, and the home crowd responds with disruptive noise to assist their beloved Ravens defense. Iím also please to report that I was on had to witness yet another home team blowout as Joe Flacco and the Ravens offense picked apart the once-vaunted Bears defense with four touchdowns by the golden arm of the University of Delaware product. The Ravens would cruise to victory by the score of 31-7, leaving Chicago Bear players just shaking their heads. With Stadium #29, M&T Bank Stadium, complete on the Quest for 31, I prepared for FedExField on Monday Night Football. Hopefully another home team win is in the cards for this Questor.


For more information on the city of Baltimore, MD check out my other review by clicking on the link below:
     NFL: October 10, 2010 - Denver Broncos vs. Baltimore Ravens

    
NFL: February 21, 2007 - M&T Bank Stadium Tour
 

 
City of Baltimore Local Information  
Top Tourist Attractions:
MD Science Center, National Aquarium, The Sports Museum, Camden Yards
January 19 - See the Poe Toaster (local legend)

Local Foods:
Crab Cakes, Steamed Crab
Raw Oysters
Crab Soup, Cream of Crab Soup

What They're Drinkin':
National Bohemian (Natty Boh)

Tailgating Hotspots:
Lot H on the east side of the stadium across from the RR tracks

Local Sports Media:
The Baltimore Sun


Fan Resources:
Pocket Map of Baltimore
MTA Maryland Light Rail Map

Stadium Policy
Stadium Parking Map

Fan Forum:  Ravens24x7, Extreme Ravens.com
Popular Bar Districts:
Inner Harbor (Hard Rock Cafe, Dick's Last Resort, Houlihans)
Fells Point (Bertha's, The Horse You Came in On Saloon)
Federal Hill (Mother's Federal Hill Grille - unofficial post game spot)
Stadium Area (Pickles Pub, Sliders, Pratt Street Ale House)

Best Restaurants:
Nick's Fish House (Crabcakes, Seafood)
Obrycki's Crab House & Seafood Restaurant (Steamed Crab)
Inner Harbor (M&S Grill, Phillips Seafood Restaurant, J.Paul's)
Fells Point (Kali's Court, Tapas Adela, Stuggy's)

Getting to the Stadium:
Although there's plenty of parking in and around M&T Bank Stadium, most of it is pre-paid parking.  If you can't get your hands on a parking pass, plan to arrive 4-5 hours before kickoff to find parking in the cash lots within 3 to 5 blocks around the stadium.  Another option might be to park in one of the parking garages in the Pratt and Lombard Streets corridor (safer bet for parking but no tailgating is allowed).  If interested in a public tranport option, take the MTA Maryland Light Rail and get off at the Hamburg Street Exit.

Where to Stay:
Find a hotel near the stadium, in the heart of the action. I would suggest checking out the Baltimore Marriott Inner Harbor at Camden Yards.  It's located within walking distance of the stadium and is situated amidst plenty of drinking and dining option.  It also has plenty of parking, so if you park there, you can just walk to the game and you won't have to worry about getting a parking pass.

 
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Waiting for the Crowds to Arrive   A Pic with Johnny Unitas   The Ravens Truck Crew
         
   
Big Mike and the Jaegermeister Crew   Hanging with the Ravens bus   There is a Hummer H3 back there
         
   
The Ravens Purple Short Bus   BJ and the Boyz   Purple Dame Prepping for Game-Time
         
   
Captain Dee-Fense   Chicago Bears Hall of Famers Don & Paul   The F-PTSBEG Crew
         
   
Roughing up the Day's Opponent   Jamin and I flashing ICE   Stadium #29 - M&T Bank Stadium
         
         
     
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RavenFan20082009 from
Sent: Mon, July 13, 2009
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  great stadium. Try M&S at the Inner Harbor. I saw you there. I am a die-heardt Raven fan.
 
    derek from Hyattsville, MD
Sent: Thu, June 18, 2009
        12:20PM
  M&T Bank Stadium is a great place to see a football game and if you care about stadium atmosphere, you have to visit this place on gameday. The fans are loud and very passionate about their Baltimore Ravens. It is really a sight to behold.  M&T Bank Stadium also has a very blue-collar fan base that knows how to create a raucous environment.  This is why Baltimore has the 2nd best home record in the NFL since the 2000 season.    
             

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