Stadium Guide: The Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium

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The Baltimore Ravens are getting ready to descend on the Cincinnati Bengals when the regular season begins at home on Monday, September 9, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. Poe, the Raven's mascot, is gearing up to welcome fans into the home nest, nicknamed the Purple Palace. The cheerleaders, stadium crew, The Flock, and the City of Baltimore are excited to get the 2012-2013 NFL season underway as the Ravens fly their way into the Super Bowl.

For Baltimore fans and visitors, one of the most exciting things about attending a Ravens game is the venue itself. Located at Baltimore's Inner Harbor, M&T Bank Stadium is the premier sports arena in the NFL. Here is a list of things ticketholders need to know in order to make attending a game here the most awesome experience in the NFL:

Stadium name: M&T Bank Stadium

Location: 1101 Russell Street, Baltimore, MD 21230. A comprehensive list of directions from several points as well as parking lot locations is available by visiting here.

Maximum capacity: 71,008. There are 8,196 spacious club seats that allow access to club level amenities such as VIP parking, complete bars, extensive food menus, and concierge services. The 128 suites hold 20-24 guests apiece with private stadium staff in attendance, individual restrooms, and three televisions. Check out the stadium diagram to find the best perch.

Year built: 1998

Parking: All stadium lots are reserved for permit holders. Disabled parking spaces are available on a first come first serve basis and do not require advance permits. Several public lots are available surrounding M&T. Advance parking is available through services such as ParkWhiz.

Food: 55 concession stands offer standard gameday favorites and local cuisine.

Alcoholic Beverages: The Barcardi Zone, the Bud Light Bar, Hospitality Tents, and tailgating are all part of responsible gameday fun. Patrons must be 21 to purchase and consume any alcohol. No beverages, coolers, backpacks, and several other items are allowed into the stadium. To learn more about what to bring, what to leave home, and where to find the party zones, check out the Fan Guide.

Tickets: Home games are sellouts. But, many Raven Maniacs take flight for away games as well. Check out Raven ticket information to find out how to view the Ravens live.

Accessibility: Two escalators, seven elevators, numerous ramps, and extra-wide concourses provide easy access and traffic flow to accommodate all attendees.

Viewing: High technology gives fans a bird's eye view of everything happening on the field. The two RavensVision high definition screens measure 24 feet high and 100 feet wide. Raven Maniacs needing to leave the nest during the action need not miss it. In 2010, 500 Sony flat screen televisions were installed throughout the stadium.

Contact Info: (410) 261-RAVE (7283) or contactus@ravens.nfl.net

Sources: baltimoreravens.com, baltimore.org

Randi Weitzman is a lifelong Baltimorean and resident sports fan. After watching the Colts sneak on to Indianapolis in 1984, she was psyched when the NFL granted another franchise to Charm City in 1995 when the Cleveland Browns relocated to Baltimore, becoming the Baltimore Ravens.

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