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Now Known As 1st Mariner Arena
Date Opened 1962
Venue Capacity 13,500
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Venue Address 201 West Baltimore Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21201

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The Arena officially opened in 1962 as the Baltimore Civic Center. As a major cornerstone for the Inner Harbor redevelopment during the 1980s, it was reopened after renovations and was renamed the Baltimore Arena in 1986. The arena itself is 40 years old as of 2003 and is owned by the city and managed by SMG, a private management company. Annually, the 1st Mariner Bank Arena is host to 800,000 people.

A cornerstone to the arena was laid in the arena in 1961 with a vault that included messages from then-U.S. President John F. Kennedy, then-Maryland governor J. Millard Tawes, and then-Baltimore Mayor J. Harold Grady, the vault opened in 2006.

On October 16th, 2004, The Baltimore Sun revealed that an official step has started into replacing the 42-year-old 1st Mariner Arena. The Maryland Stadium Authority recently started soliciting proposals for a feasibility study on building an arena in downtown Baltimore, the request for proposals are due on November 1st, 2004. According to the request for proposals that was released, the new arena would be built in the same site of 1st Mariner Arena and "would have a smaller seating capacity than would be required for an NHL or NBA team" but it doesn't specify a specific seating capacity.

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