Music - Night Spots by the Cars
Photographed in 1991 and 1994 using film.
Baltimore arena opened in 1962 in downtown Baltimore and is still being used. Like many older buildings, the arena has had many names. First it was called the Baltimore Civic Center (61-86) then the Baltimore Arena (which most call it) from 1986 thru 2003 then from 2013 to 2014. It was the 1st Mariner Arena from 2002 till 2013. It was renamed again in 2014 to the Royal Farms Arena.
The first big tenant were the transplanted Baltimore Bullets of the NBA. The team started out in 1961 in Chicago as the Packers, then Zephyrs. Poor attendance and a really dumpy Amphitheater, they decided to relocate. They moved to Baltimore in in 1963 and played 10 seasons here. They eventually moved east of DC to the Capital Centre.
The Arena has had quite a list of tenants, from basketball, to hockey, indoor soccer and indoor football.
The most notable were the Baltimore Clippers of the AHL/SHL, and they used the building from 1962 till 1977. The Baltimore Banners of the short lived WTT (indoor tennis) in 1974. The WHA played here with the short lived Baltimore Blades 74 - 75.
Hocket had 2 other teams, the Skipjacks of the AHL from 81 to 93 and the Baltimore Bandits of the AHL from 95 to 97.
There have been other indoor football teams, and the one that occupies the arena now is the Baltimore Brigade of the AFL.
The arena has had tons of rock shows, but two stand out. One in 1970 when Jimi Hendrix played here. It was one of his best shows on his tour. Unfortunately, he would join the forever 27 club a few months later.
The new one was the King...Elvis. One of his last shows ever was played here in 1977. A few months later, the King too, would be gone....
Over the last 10 years or so, the city of Baltimore has thrown the idea around of replacing the old Arena. A few proposals have a new one built on the same site. Others, out at Federal Hill.
Location - 201 W. Baltimore St. Baltimore, Maryland