BNHA Baltimore Arena

Interpretive Framework

Shaping a Monumental City: The City’s Growth in the 20th Century

Star Attractions

Charles Street Byway

Resource Type

Sports Venues

Performing Arts Venue

201 W. Baltimore Street

Baltimore, Maryland 21201

The Baltimore Arena is the city’s largest indoor sports and entertainment facility. The arena opened in 1962 as the Baltimore Civic Center. Several sports teams have called the arena home, ranging from basketball’s Baltimore Bullets (1963-73) to the American Hockey League’s Baltimore Clippers (1962-77). Over the years, the arena hosted some of the greatest names in entertainment, including the Beatles, Led Zepplin, the Grateful Dead, Luciano Pavarotti, Bruce Springsteen, and the Rolling Stones. The arena has also been used for large gatherings, such as 1966’s Methodist clergy meeting at which Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. spoke.