lower ticket prices would be nice
lower ticket prices would be nice
Was the intent of this article to provoke another discussion about the M&T facility, or was it to discuss the Ravens game day experience?
The Ravens game-day is unequivocally one of the tops in the league. The crowds at most other NFL stadiums are relatively meek compared to ours. Our crowd's intimidation of opposing teams has been a Baltimore tradition since the Colts of the late 50s onward. ("Outdoor Insane Asylum"). This is not related to the stadium design -- we don't even have a partial roof like Cincy or Cleveland, much less a partial dome as in Seattle, to reverberate crowd noised. Our tailgating, Ravens Walk, the Band marching down Eutaw Promenade, the pregame march-on of the colors, "Proud to be an American", " 'Oh!' say can you see", Ray Lewis' dance etc. feed the crowd to build up the noise and intimidation of enemy QBs. Opposing teams last year voted our stadium the toughest in the NFL to play in, and the Ravens extraordinary home record has to have been at least partially aided by the Ravens crowd.
The M&T facility itself, however, is a different story. The article barely touched on the facility. The author made the statement " The stadium is great as it is now, but these new additions could help M&T Bank Stadium rise even higher on this coming year’s list.", but didn't back it up. As a facility (brick & mortar & concession stands & urinals & HDTVs etc), ours is a facility which is reaching mid-life in the short life expectancy of the 31 NFL stadiums. As a facility, I would place it about 16th-20th of the 31 NFL stadiums, ahead of Oakland, SF (soon to be replaced in Santa Clara), San Diego, Miami, Jax, Chicago, Green Bay (no upper deck). On a par with other open air stadiums built in the 90s: Landover, Charlotte, Nashville, Philly, Pitt, the Ohios. There are minor discriminators among these (as pointed out above: escalators, non-fantasy out-of-town scoreboards). No major discriminators. Behind Buffalo and KC, which have older stadiums but better site lines.
As to stadium location, Baltimore's is among the best. Only a few others can compete with our stadium for their great locations: There is only one New Orleans - no one should ever confuse South Baltimore with the French Quarter. Similarly, Nashville's stadium is a short walk across the river on a footbridge to the honky-tonks of Broadway. Jax is just a few hundred feet from the St John River and a short walk to their downtown. Other urban stadiums are in shit-hole cities of the Rust Belt. The rest of the NFL cities are too detached from the core cities to my liking.
The elevators are not nearly sufficient for those needing help. My dad went with me in 2000 for the SD game when we clinched the playoff spot. He was in pretty good shape but no way could climb that much. The elevator was like a 20-30 minute wait.
Fact is the elevators are not sufficient and I think they could make improvements there. How is that any worse than complaining about long lines for the bathroom, which I also take issue with?
It is the NFL's oldest stadium, but you couldn't tell that by looking at it or being in it.
Lambeau is very historic and I'm glad it's still there. The museum, the Atrium and the suites are top notch. But the general seating bowl is bleachers lol. What's the joke "18 inches of heaven" ? Now given you can rent a canvas seat back for $3 to delineate where your seat is, but when the joint is packed sometimes the guy on the end of the row is SOL :laugh:
Don't get me wrong I love Lambeau Field, but the bleachers will keep it at least in the average echelon of stadia.