Ravens Complete Fan-Driven Renovations To M&T Bank Stadium
The Ravens have completed a three-year, $120M renovation project on M&T Bank Stadium that the team hopes will "help drive fans off the couch and into the stadium," according to a front-page piece by Giana Han of the BALTIMORE SUN. The renovations added "more escalators and elevators as well as 'Corner North' suite and party areas into the open notches of the upper bowl, with video boards above the suites." The 16 new escalators were "added to the 500 level to address long-standing complaints from fans." Upgrades were also made to the "club level, kitchens and sound systems." Phase one of the renovations was completed before the '17 season, and included the "addition of two 4K ultra-high definition video displays, as well as more audio and video equipment for better replays." Ravens VP/Broadcasting & Gameday Productions Jay O'Brien said that the team has "taken all the fan feedback into consideration as they upgraded the stadium." Ravens President Dick Cass said that by "investing in a sky-cam and 4k HD cameras, the stadium will be able to compare to what broadcasting outlets provide." The new screens on the upper-deck notches will "provide in-game statistics on one end and statistics from other games around the league on the other" (BALTIMORE SUN, 7/23). In Baltimore, Amanda Yeager noted the Ravens in all "added some 220 new TVs and four large, LED video screens on both ends" of the north club level. Cass said that the video boards displaying statistics have "garnered the biggest reaction from fans." Yeager noted Ravens fans can "get a first glimpse of the new amenities on Saturday, when the team holds a free training camp practice" (BIZJOURNALS.com, 7/22).