There's no off-season in Ravens' skyboxes Owners will have access to stadium year-round

July 18, 1998|By Eduardo A. Encina | Eduardo A. Encina,SUN STAFF

For the $50,000 to $200,000 yearly price of a skybox at the new stadium downtown, the Ravens are trying to make purchasers feel they get their money's worth, after games and even after the NFL season.

The Ravens are the first team in the NFL to offer suite owners unlimited access to their skyboxes for the entire term of their leases, for any reason -- business-related, football-related or otherwise.

Skybox holders need only reserve the suite 72 hours in advance, so it can be secured at all other times, said David Cope, Ravens vice president of sales and marketing.

"I have lots of friends and business associates coming into town, and it's really great to have the opportunity to hold a meeting downtown at the new stadium. I think it will be good for business and for the city," said Andy Maggio, a partner in Maggio, Onorato and Associates, an insurance company.

Skyboxes come in 20- and 24-person sizes. Arranged in two levels, the skyboxes are located between the club seating and the upper deck. There are 56 suites on the lower level and 52 on the upper level.

Cope said 102 of the 108 skyboxes have been sold. The remaining skyboxes, located near the end zones, will be sold on a per-game basis, in hopes of attracting a full-season buyer.

Maggio is one of several skybox owners who committed to buying a suite during the "Give Baltimore the Ball" expansion campaign in 1993.

Several local businesses have purchased skyboxes, including Legg Mason, Bond Distributing and Winner Distributing. But national corporations such as NationsBank and Pepsi have purchased suites as well.

Skybox holders will be admitted into the stadium three hours before kickoff and are allowed to stay 1 1/2 hours afterward.

As for the skybox itself, each is fully carpeted, air-conditioned and heated and has a bathroom, refrigerator, marble tabletops, sink, buffet table and bar facing the field through full glass. Beyond the glass door, outside the skybox, are two rows of eight swivel chairs. Each suite has three televisions, with each one carrying Sunday NFL Ticket programming. This will allow fans to watch as many as four games at one time.

Pub Date: 7/18/98

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