1st Mariner Arena has been the primary indoor entertainment facility in Baltimore since 1962, when it was known as the Baltimore Civic Center. It remains host to some of the top attractions in the city, including the Baltimore Blast soccer team, Baltimore Mariners football team, the circus and concerts. Though not the most shiny, modern facility, 1st Mariner Arena has a long, proud history, and continues to serve fans of all kind in Baltimore well.
Address: 201 W. Baltimore St.
Online: Visit the arena's official Web site
Parking: Garage with 850 parking spots is attached to the arena
Light Rail: There is a stop on Howard Street directly in front of the arena. Hours of operation: Weekdays 6:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.; Saturdays 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.; Sundays 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.Metro Subway: Charles Center stop is located one block from the arena. Runs between Owings Mills and Johns Hopkins Hospital. Hours of Operation: Weekdays 5:00 a.m. to midnight; Saturdays 6:00 a.m. to midnight; Sundays closed.
- Hosts an average of 120 events and 800,000 fans annually
- Has 11,000 permanent seats
- With the addition of temporary seating, capacity can grow to 14,000
The Baltimore Civic Center opened in 1962 with a Baltimore Clippers minor league hockey game and a Paul Anka concert. In 1986 the facility was renamed the Baltimore Arena and in 2003 was again renamed 1st Mariner Arena. It was home to the National Basketball Association's Baltimore Bullets before the team relocated to the Washington D.C. area.
Many world-class musicians have performed at the arena, including:
- The Beatles
- Frank Sinatra
- Elvis Presley
- Rolling Stones
- Bob Dylan
- The Eagles
The Arena also hosts events such as:
- Comedy shows