The Baltimore Ravens unveiled the first part
of a two-year, $35 million upgrade to M&T Bank Stadium.
On Tuesday, the team showed off to the news media—and a handful of fans—changes to the first level concourse, such as adding brick to the interior columns, new video screens and revamped concession stands.
"We’ve been in this stadium 15 years. It was time, we thought, to do a substantial upgrade on the concourse, we really hadn’t touched the concourse in those 15 years," Dick Cass, Ravens team president, said.
The team hopes to have the second round of upgrades on the second level concourse in time for 2014 NFL season. Cass said that the $35 million it will cost to make the upgrades would come from private not taxpayer funds.
He also said he wasn’t sure how much fans would notice the changes because they were made so seamlessly into the building. But that he hoped they added an extra element to the game day atmosphere.
"We wanted our fans when they walk into the stadium to have more of a 'wow factor,' and we thought new video board, the brick and the new lighting would really help that," Cass said.