New name for the Baltimore Arena
As I noted before when I wrote about the long history of wrestling in the building, it was originally known as the Baltimore Civic Center and then the Baltimore Arena. It was later known as 1st Mariner Arena and then Royal Farms Arena before reverting back to the Baltimore Arena name. It has been undergoing a massive renovation and is set to re-open in February 2023.
On Monday afternoon, it was announced that the new naming rights deal was signed and it will now be known as CFG Bank Arena. There is a basketball tournament and concert dates including Bruce Springsteen and Blink-182, but no wrestling event has been signed yet.
I would look for that to change, and, if recent practice is any indication, WWE will sign some dates in the arena. AEW has been using UMBC and also the arenas in DC for their recent shows. Ring of Honor was using UMBC before they folded, but if they start having shows again in 2023 like Tony Khan has indicated, they might need somewhere to go if they visit Baltimore, so some shuffling of where AEW goes might happen as well. WWE has had shows in the arena going all the way back to the WWWF days back into the 1960s. So, I expect them to return.
I discovered a great book only after I wrote my previous post on the history of wrestling in the building. It is Battleground Baltimore: How One Arena Changed Wrestling History by Graham Cawthon. He talks to people in the business, fans, media members, and anyone else as he writes about the history of the different promotions holding events in the arena. I highly recommend the book and I will probably be writing a review of it soon.
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