Baltimore considering sites for new arena

Baltimore officials are evaluating sites for a new indoor sports and concert arena.

The city had planned to tear down the aging 1st Mariner Arena and build a new one at the same site. But that project stalled in 2008, when the city put off selecting a developer amid the recession.

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said in a statement Thursday that city leaders are now looking at other possible sites on Baltimore’s west side. They’re also considering different financing options.

A different site would allow 1st Mariner Arena to remain open while the new building is under construction. Under the previous plan, Baltimore would have been without a major concert and events venue, potentially for several years.

One location that city officials are considering would be near the Baltimore Convention Center.

1st Mariner Arena was built in 1962 and seats 14,000. It has continued to draw major attractions despite a lack of amenities.

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  1. Didn’t they renovate the center several times in the past ? This will be money the city cannot afford. It’s true “they just don’t get it ” Now is the time to do less with less.All the monies loaned to the Orioles and Ravens,will of course be paid back,but what about the millions these teams will make off our tax money ?

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