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The Baltimore Sun | November 6, 2013
The Impact Wrestling event scheduled for Baltimore Arena on Nov. 21 has been canceled, TNA Entertainment announced Wednesday. The company said the live televised event was canceled because it was recently announced that Universal Studios in Orlando would be the center of TNA programming. Refunds will be issued at the point of purchase. “As Impact Wrestling launches our 'Where Action Never Ends' initiative, the hub of our television programming will be Universal Studios in Orlando, Fla.,” Andy Barton, executive vice president of live events, said in a news release.
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Sports Digest | October 10, 2014
Et cetera Whittenburg has 'rough night' in finals Donnell Whittenburg of Baltimore finished 17th in the men's all-around finals Thursday at the Gymnastics World Championships in Nanning, China, with a score of 86.248. The Edgewood alumnus placed first overall in the still rings (15.266), 10th in floor exercise (15.100), 16th in parallel bars (14.533), 18th in high bars (13.866), 19th in pommel horse (13.783) and 24th in vault (13.700). In the Americans' team bronze win Tuesday, Whittenburg's scores in floor exercise (15.300)
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By Wesley Case, The Baltimore Sun | June 12, 2014
Lil Boosie was released from the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola in early March. Now it's time for the Baton Rouge rapper to get back to what made him a star, before he went to prison in 2009 for a third-offense marijuana possession charge. On Aug. 16, Lil Boosie "and friends" will headline at the Baltimore Arena for the Touchdown 2 Cause Hell tour. Tickets ($43-$103) are on sale now. For more information, go to baltimorearena.com . No word yet on the other artists performing with Boosie.
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By Mike Klingaman and The Baltimore Sun | September 25, 2014
Wes Unseld has never been one to seek the spotlight. Yet there he was on Thursday, surrounded by media, NBA players past and present and several hundred youngsters who packed the gym at the Unseld School in West Baltimore for the promotion of a Washington Wizards preseason basketball game to be played in Baltimore on Oct. 20. "It's a big treat for the kids here to see some of the old [Baltimore] Bullets and the new Wizards," said Unseld, 67, a Hall of Fame center who played 13 years for the franchise in both cities.
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By Wesley Case, The Baltimore Sun | November 12, 2013
Justin Timberlake, the "Take Back the Night" singer and recent GQ Man of the Year , will bring his world tour to Baltimore Arena on July 14. Tickets go on sale Monday at 10 a.m. It was announced Tuesday morning that Timberlake, who released two No. 1 albums this year, had added 12 new dates to his "20/20 Experience World Tour. " The Weeknd most recently opened for Timberlake, but no supporting acts have been announced for the new dates yet. Ticket prices will range from $48-$178.
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By Jeff Barker and The Baltimore Sun | March 10, 2014
The Colonial Athletic Association tournament may have been short on fans, but the four-day event ended in a way organizers surely loved: with a frantic, late-game comeback and an iconic image of fans bounding onto the Baltimore Arena floor in celebration. Conference officials hope that the final scene - of Delaware celebrating its first CAA tournament title and first NCAA tournament berth since 1999 -- will be replayed and endure in the minds of Baltimoreans. They want those final images to help sell the tournament when it returns to Baltimore next season.
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By David Selig and The Baltimore Sun | April 26, 2014
There was no easing into the first UFC event in Baltimore. Chris Beal jolted the sold-out crowd to attention with a flying-knee knockout of Patrick Williams in the second round of the night's first fight. Danny Castillo then flattened Charlie Brenneman with a punch to win the second fight of the card by knockout. In many places where the UFC holds its pay-per-views, the fans file in throughout the preliminary card. Not in Baltimore. Fight fans hungry to welcome mixed martial arts' biggest promotion had Baltimore Arena looking almost full by the opening bell.
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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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By Matt Vensel, The Baltimore Sun | September 17, 2013
If Tuesday night's Baltimore Hockey Classic, which pitted the Washington Capitals against the Boston Bruins, was any indication, Baltimore had better things to do than watch a live NHL preseason game. There were thousands of empty seats inside Baltimore Arena, though many of the others were filled with red-clad Capitals fans and some wearing the jerseys of past Capitals, such as Peter Bondra, Olaf Kolzig and Jaromir Jagr. There were a number of black and gold Bruins jerseys inside the half-filled arena, too. The puck-lovers who did show up booed as loud as they collectively could when the Bruins were introduced as the defending Eastern Conference champions.
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By Rafael Alvarez | October 17, 1991
Barnum would have loved this gig.Muscle-bound men and women with names like "Thunder" and "Storm" dress up in red, white and blue and try to pulverize local mortals in front of the hometown crowd.Oh boy.It's your "American Gladiators," sort of the Roller Derby of the '90s, and they lumbered into the Baltimore Arena on tour last night to take on eight Marylanders who work as prison guards and financial analysts and Realtors when they're not fighting Gladiators.Said Joseph W. Garrison of Brooklyn Park: "We're rag dolls for them to throw around and make them look that much more powerful."
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By Natalie Sherman and The Baltimore Sun | September 22, 2014
Royal Farms quietly grew over decades into one of Baltimore's most ubiquitous businesses, but last week the convenience store chain took a bigger stage. On Wednesday, the city approved a $1.25 million, five-year agreement for Royal Farms to serve as title sponsor for the Baltimore Arena, to be known starting Nov. 1 as Royal Farms Arena. The move, which comes in the midst of accelerated expansion and after years of careful branding, is a statement of bigger ambitions that simultaneously ties the retailer, headquartered in offices above one of its stores on The Avenue in Hampden, more closely to its local customers, industry watchers said "By having an arena that carries your name, you're saying, 'Not only are we the corner store, but we're the corner store in your community,' " said Jeff Lenard, vice president of strategic industry initiatives for the National Association of Convenience Stores.
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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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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.
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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.
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By Aaron Oster | September 9, 2014
RAW continued the recent trends of rather bland shows on Monday night. However, those who were in attendance in Baltimore heard a special announcement and were witnesses to some potentially interesting debuts. The main announcement that drew buzz at Baltimore Arena is that for the first time in more than three years, the city will host a pay-per-view. On May 17, Payback will be held at the Baltimore Arena. It will be the first pay-per-view held in Baltimore since December 2011, when TLC emanated from Baltimore.
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By Yvonne Wenger and The Baltimore Sun | September 8, 2014
How's "Baltimore - Birthplace of the Star-Spangled Banner" sound for a new city slogan? City Councilman James B. Kraft is expected to introduce legislation at Monday's meeting to set a new official slogan to "celebrate Baltimore's essential link to our national anthem. " Kraft, who represents Southeast Baltimore, is asking for immediate adoption of a resolution to set the new slogan. He's also expected to file a companion bill. It's too soon to tell if the slogan will have more staying more power than the city's last: "Baltimore: A Great Place to Grow," which was unveiled by Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake in 2011.
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By Edward Gunts | December 12, 1990
The site of the Baltimore Arena could be an ideal location for development of a major new hotel, office and theater complex should the arena itself ever be declared obsolete or replaced by a new facility in Camden Yards, according to a group of architecture students who have been studying the property as part of a semester-long design exercise.Eleven students from Cornell University presented possible strategies for redeveloping the 3.5-acre site at Baltimore Street and Hopkins Place during a meeting this week with representatives of Baltimore's planning and housing departments and Center City-Inner Harbor Development Inc.The budding architects had been asked to suggest ways the property could be reused if the state constructs a domed football stadium in Camden Yards that also could accommodate the indoor soccer and hockey teams that now use the Arena.
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By Chris Kaltenbach, The Baltimore Sun | September 5, 2014
It was important to look your best. After all, The Beatles were in town. Today, it's hard to believe such things were important. But for four 15-year-old girls from Highlandtown, preparing to head into downtown Baltimore for a rock concert, such matters were vital. Who knew what could happen? "In my mind, I thought for sure that Paul's gonna love me, he's gonna see me - in my little-girl fantasies, he'll know that eventually he'll marry me," explains Judy Comotto, now 65 and recently retired from running the continuing education program at Roland Park Country School , then 15 and, as Judy Troch , a star-struck teen totally in love with The Beatles.
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By Aaron Oster | September 2, 2014
On a night when we saw a six-man tag match involving John Cena, Roman Reigns and Chris Jericho be the main event, all the buzz came from the announcement that the WWE is inviting Michael Sam to Raw in Baltimore next week. Midway through this Monday's Raw , the WWE ran a graphic (complete with Monday Night Football graphic and music) officially announcing that they were inviting the recently released Sam to Raw. JBL commented that he couldn't believe Sam wasn't signed to a team, and how unfair that was. Cole said that if Sam does accept, he'd be granted ringtime and an open mic to say whatever he wanted.
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