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January 3, 2008
Apanel of city and civic leaders who will evaluate proposals to replace Baltimore's 1st Mariner Arena is planning a road trip. The destination is Kansas City, Mo., and its swank new 19,000-seat arena. It's a trip worth making because the Sprint Center is all that a new arena could offer Baltimore - but it's also a study in very creative financing, stiff political challenges, key personal relationships and the debatable need for a pro sports team as its anchor. Many of those elements apply to the debate in Baltimore, and others may show why Kansas City's experience can't be replicated here.
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By Luke Broadwater and The Baltimore Sun | September 17, 2014
Baltimore's spending panel voted unanimously Wednesday to change the Baltimore Arena's name to the Royal Farms Arena in exchange for about $1.2 million over five years. Under the terms of the agreement, the Baltimore-based convenience store chain — which is perhaps best known for its Western fries and fried chicken — would pay $250,000 annually to the city annually for five years. The deal would roughly triple the amount received by the city for the title sponsorship when it was known as 1st Mariner Arena . That agreement, approved in 2002, netted the city $75,000 a year before it expired at the end of 2012.
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NEWS
August 14, 2008
Suddenly on August 13, 2008, VINCENT "Jimmy" D., of Pikesville; beloved husband of Helen M. Arena (nee Bowers); devoted father of James R. Arena and his wife Sherry, Theresa "Terry" M. Berry and her husband Steven and Joseph V. Arena and his wife Anne; dear brother of Mary E. Longo, Rose M. Mettle, Elizabeth A. Klein; loving grandfather of Julia, Ashley, Avery, Jessica, Alyssa and Domenic. Also survived by numerous nieces and nephews. Friends may call at LORING BYERS FUNERAL DIRECTORS INC., 8728 Liberty Road (2 miles west of beltway exit 18B)
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By Natalie Sherman and Luke Broadwater and The Baltimore Sun | September 16, 2014
The city's plan to award Baltimore Arena naming rights to the Royal Farms chain of convenience stores drew praise Tuesday as a pairing almost as good as Western fries and chicken, though some questioned the need to place another corporate logo on a municipal building. Under the terms of the agreement, Royal Farms would pay $250,000 annually over five years and rename the venue Royal Farms Arena. If approved, the deal would roughly triple the amount received by the city for the title sponsorship when it was known as 1st Mariner Arena . That agreement, approved in 2002, netted the city $75,000 a year before it expired at the end of 2012.
NEWS
By Raymond Daniel Burke | June 11, 2007
While the Howard Street department stores were gearing up for the 1964 fall shopping season, a worldwide phenomenon descended on the Holiday Inn on Lombard Street - then distinguished by its revolving rooftop restaurant - when it played host to the Beatles during their performances at what was called the Civic Center, now 1st Mariner Arena. The downtown department stores have long gone, of course, but the arena remains and, despite some cosmetic renovation, is substantially the same facility that provided the venue for Baltimore's brush with the Fab Four nearly 43 years ago. Now a report commissioned by the Maryland Stadium Authority has concluded that the building has "served its useful life" and should be replaced.
NEWS
By Dan Rodricks | July 27, 2008
Here's how Baltimore gets the world's attention, attracts an NBA or NHL franchise, pulls in a major corporate sponsor, establishes another tourist destination a couple of blocks from Camden Yards, helps foster a new sector of jobs in Maryland and reduces long-term operating costs of its new downtown arena: with pizza made from tomatoes grown on the premises. It is absolutely essential that the city recruit a visionary architect to design the new arena, and this design must be green from the ground up - even below ground - and I'm not kidding about including a terrace or hothouse for a tomato garden.
NEWS
By Barry Rascovar | April 25, 1999
THE philosophy of build it and they will come, a philosophy made popular by the baseball movie "Field of Dreams," no longer carries much weight. Governments don't want to erect costly stadiums and indoor arenas without a guarantee that professional sports teams will occupy them.It's a matter of basic economics. It was the guiding principle when state leaders authorized a new Baltimore football stadium more than a decade ago: Lawmakers rightly insisted that no facility would be built until after a National Football League team had signed an ironclad agreement to make Camden Yards its home.
NEWS
By Hanah Cho and Hanah Cho,SUN STAFF | June 18, 2004
The Carroll County Agriculture Center's new arena will open late next month when it is host of the weeklong 4-H/FAA Fair, ending a $4.3 million construction project that was hampered by inclement weather and delayed by work order changes. A use-and-occupancy permit was issued in late April, but minor detail work, including spot painting and installing small parts, and cleanup of the 52,500- square-foot arena in Westminster need to be completed, said Lawrence E. Meeks, president of the center's board.
SPORTS
By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,Evening Sun Staff | January 11, 1991
Centre Management and the Blast reached agreement yesterday on the need for a new carpet at the Baltimore Arena."We're in agreement that the playing surface is not up to snuff, despite major expenditures by Centre Management to improve the carpet," said Blast general manager John Borozzi. "We've agreed that anything short of a new carpet is not acceptable and that to try to improve the carpet that's there would simply be throwing good money after bad."Borozzi said meetings with Arena manager Donna Patterson were positive and cooperative, and that they would continue today, as the two sides determine the percentage of cost each side will bear.
NEWS
By Mary Gail Hare and Mary Gail Hare,mary.gail.hare@baltsun.com | February 4, 2009
Towson University officials have offered representatives of the Rodgers Forge community several alternative sites for a proposed $45 million sports arena on the campus, all of them adjacent to the current arena. While the residents said none of the options presented at a meeting Monday night was satisfactory, they agreed to continue discussions next week. "It was a good first step, but we need to continue to talk until the university understands the residents' point of view," Patrick Foretich, a Rodgers Forge resident, said yesterday.
BUSINESS
By Natalie Sherman and The Baltimore Sun | September 15, 2014
The Baltimore Arena will be getting a face-lift quickly, with the city expected to select Royal Farms on Wednesday as the venue's new title sponsor. The Baltimore-based chain of convenience stores known for its fried chicken has agreed to pay $250,000 per year for five years to name the 14,000-seat arena the Royal Farms Arena. If approved, the new name would go into effect Nov. 1, according to the agenda for Wednesday's Board of Estimates meeting. Efforts to reach leaders of the 160-store business, which operates in Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania and Virginia, were unsuccessful Monday evening.
SPORTS
By Paul Pierre-Louis and The Baltimore Sun | August 10, 2014
Before the doors opened Saturday evening at SECU Arena, there was a line of people in front of the main entrance that stretched down the sidewalk. The Ball Up All-Stars, a team of streetball legends, stopped at Towson as part of their countrywide summer tour, and some fans waited 21/2 hours to make sure they had good seats. Demetrius Spencer, CEO of streetball tour Ball Up, said after the game that attendance gradually has increased since the team was formed in 2009. That trend was evident in the All-Stars' matchup against a team of Baltimore locals hoping to someday earn the same fame as their Ball Up opponents.
SPORTS
By Jon Fogg and The Baltimore Sun | August 5, 2014
Update: The Wings name and logo will stay in Philadelphia, according to Inside Lacrosse . Last month, NLL commissioner George Daniel issued a statement saying the league hopes to land a new ownership group and arena deal there. " To all of the Philadelphia Wings fans, keep the faith,” the statement read. ************************** The Philadelphia Wings of the indoor National Lacrosse League have been purchased by the Mohegan Sun Tribal Gaming Authority and will move to Connecticut for the 2014-2015 season, according to multiple reports.
SPORTS
The Baltimore Sun | July 28, 2014
The Comcast Center is no longer. The University of Maryland's arena will now be called the XFINITY Center, the school announced Monday. “We are excited to place the name Xfinity on this beloved University of Maryland sports venue,” Tom Coughlin, senior vice president of Comcast's Beltway region, said in a news release. “Our Xfinity brand represents our commitment to delivering an unparalleled, innovative entertainment experience to local consumers, and our partnership with the University of Maryland athletics department underscores this promise.” The building opened in 2002 and is home to the Terps' men's and women's basketball, gymnastics, volleyball, and wrestling teams.
NEWS
Krishana Davis and The Baltimore Sun | June 27, 2014
Even for the most avid yogi, doing a handstand or crow pose is inherently different when you are hanging more than a foot above the floor from a series of fabric slings. As the yoga craze has taken off across the U.S., quirky, modified classes such as hot yoga - practicing in a room heated to 95 degrees - or even naked yoga have gained cult-like followings. But a small aerial yoga class at The Arena Club in Bel Air might have them all beat with muscle lengthening, strength training and just plain fun. “It brings freedom back into the body,” aerial yoga instructor Kim DeAngelis says after a recent class.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Chris Kaltenbach, The Baltimore Sun | June 24, 2014
The Legends Football League, perhaps better known by its descriptive former name, the Lingerie Football League, appears to have played its last game at the Baltimore Arena. This Saturday's scheduled Baltimore Charm home game against the Atlanta Steam has been canceled, with both the Arena and the league agreeing the main culprit was low ticket sales. LFL officials, however, also took a swipe at the arena, where the team's home games have been played the past four seasons. A statement emailed by Courtney Gifford, the league's marketing manager, blamed "the costly and in most cases unnecessary union fees as well as inflated arena rental fee, [that]
NEWS
By Mary Gail Hare and Mary Gail Hare,mary.gail.hare@baltsun.com | January 22, 2009
They arrived with numerous signs saying "Halt TU arena now." They circulated a petition against the proposed $45 million Towson Center expansion, and they besieged university officials with questions as to why the building was being constructed. Towson University officials provided campus neighbors with maps, architectural drawings and a construction timetable for the expansion project last night during a meeting between university officials and Rodgers Forge residents. Groundbreaking for the 5,000-seat addition to the center is scheduled for spring 2010.
NEWS
By Tom Pelton and Tom Pelton,SUN STAFF | February 20, 2003
Leaders of the city's west-side redevelopment effort and other groups turned out yesterday to oppose a City Council bill that would amend a 2-year-old ban on new billboards to allow more than a dozen four-story-tall advertisements on the former Baltimore Arena. Mayor Martin O'Malley supports legislation that would allow Baltimore Blast soccer team owner Edwin F. Hale Sr. to sell space on 14 billboards on the city-owned arena as a way of offsetting financial losses by the team, which plays there.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | June 23, 2014
It has been said that the United States has never really stopped fighting its Civil War. A glance at any current news source will suggest that we may never be finished with the post-9/11 conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq, either. All of which makes "Healing Wars," the thoroughly original theatrical work conceived and directed by Liz Lerman, all the more timely and important. Commissioned by George Washington University and given its premiere by Arena Stage, this engrossing fusion of drama and dance (some music, too)
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