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The Baltimore Sun | September 7, 2012
The Blast will open the 2012-13 season at 1st Mariner Arena against the expansion Chicago Soul on Nov. 3 at 7:35 p.m. In a rematch of the 2011 and 2012 Major Indoor Soccer League championship, the Blast will face the Milwaukee Wave for the first time on Nov. 16 at 7:35 p.m. in Baltimore. The two teams will meet four times during the 26-game slate, which was released Friday. The Blast and Wave will also square off on Dec. 22 and Jan. 12, both at 7 p.m. in Milwaukee, and in the regular-season finale on Feb. 23 at 7:35 p.m. in Baltimore.
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NEWS
By Julie Scharper, The Baltimore Sun | August 14, 2012
Baltimore's ethics board launched an inquiry Tuesday into the use of free tickets to 1st Mariner Arena by Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake's office, citing concerns about the distribution of tickets to the mayor's family and staff. "The entire enterprise raises issues and concerns," said attorney and board member Guy E. Flynn. The Baltimore Sun reported last week that Rawlings-Blake's office received hundreds of tickets each year to events at the city-owned arena. The mayor, accompanied by relatives and top aides, attended several sold-out concerts, such as shows by Rihanna and Jay-Z, for free.
NEWS
By Julie Scharper and Luke Broadwater, The Baltimore Sun | August 6, 2012
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake's top aides and relatives have routinely received free tickets to performances at Baltimore's 1st Mariner Arena in recent years, including sold-out concerts by such artists as Rihanna, Sade andJay-Z, public records show. The city-owned arena provides hundreds of free tickets each year to the mayor's office, including blocks of seats to World Wrestling Entertainment matches, comedy shows and the circus, according to documents provided by the mayor's office in response to a public records request.
NEWS
By Luke Broadwater, The Baltimore Sun | June 6, 2012
The city's Board of Estimates on Wednesday approved a six-month extension of naming rights for 1st Mariner Arena . The spending panel awarded the temporary extension to Arena Ventures LLC, which is run byEdwin F. Hale, the former CEO of 1st Mariner Bank. The extension was listed as a "month-to-month" deal that begins June 30 and ends Dec. 31. Arena Ventures has been in charge of advertising at the arena since 2002 and selected 1st Mariner as the arena's title sponsor. The extension allows the city more time to issue a request for proposals for naming and advertising rights, once Arena Venture's contract expires at the end of the month, officials said.
SPORTS
By Matt Vensel, The Baltimore Sun | April 19, 2012
In February, 1st Mariner Arena officials said they were close to finalizing a deal with the Washington Capitals to bring the Baltimore Hockey Classic back to the arena in September. The Capitals made it official Thursday, announcing that they would play a preseason game in Baltimore on September 26. The Capitals, who are presently playing the Boston Bruins in the first round of the NHL playoffs, will host the Columbus Blue Jackets in the second annual Baltimore Hockey Classic at 1st Mariner Arena . "We are excited to return to Baltimore," Capitals president Dick Patrick said in a statement on the team's official website.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Erik Maza and The Baltimore Sun | April 17, 2012
Van Halen is extending its national tour and will perform at 1st Mariner Arena this summer. The band's show has been set for July 15, promoter Live Nation announced Tuesday morning. The show is a huge coup for 1st Mariner, which had badly wanted the band to play the venue on the first leg of the tour but which, in a recurring pattern , lost out to the larger, newer Verizon Center in Washington. It appears the show will be the band's first in the city since 2008.
NEWS
By Gus G. Sentementes, The Baltimore Sun | April 9, 2012
The parent of 1st Mariner Bank said Monday that it took a minority stake in a small Cecil County bank after a customer defaulted on a loan — not as part of an acquisition strategy. 1st Mariner Bancorp. declined to identify the customer who lost nearly 25 percent of Cecil Bancorp's total shares to 1st Mariner in a collateral claim on a bad loan. The only person with such a significant stake in Elkton-based Cecil is its chairman, Charles F. Sposato, according to regulatory filings.
SPORTS
By Matt Vensel, The Baltimore Sun | February 15, 2012
Officials at 1st Mariner Arena are close to finalizing a deal with the Washington Capitals to host an NHL preseason game for the second straight year. The second annual Baltimore Hockey Classic will be held Sept. 27. An announced sellout crowd of 11,082 packed the Arena last September for the first professional ice hockey game in Baltimore since 1997. The Capitals lost, 2-0, to the Nashville Predators. Despite issues with the ice surface during the game, the Capitals will return to the Baltimore market.
BUSINESS
By Hanah Cho, The Baltimore Sun | January 27, 2012
EASTON – Shortly before sunrise, Edwin F. Hale Sr. scatters decoys on the water, preparing for a day of waterfowl hunting on his Talbot County farm. The day dawns cloudy, a good sign because ducks and geese fly low under clouds, Hale says, as he and two hunting buddies settle into a duck blind camouflaged with pine branches along Hunting Creek. At first all is quiet, with no waterfowl to be seen. But Hale, as always, is hopeful. "Then a switch will be turned on and they come in," says Hale, 65, wearing jeans, a camouflage jacket and boots, and carrying duck and geese call horns.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Erik Maza, The Baltimore Sun | January 13, 2012
When Elton John played 1st Mariner Arena last year, his first Baltimore performance in more than a decade, more than 12,000 fans turned out. Sade, opening her first American concert tour in just as many years, drew an audience just as big later in the summer, and it became 1st Mariner's highest-grossing show of 2011. The demand to see pop singer Robyn, who was playing her only regional show at Rams Head Live , was so large that some bus companies set up trips from Washington to Baltimore for the night.
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