In 1987, legislation was enacted approving Camden Yards as the site for the new stadium complex and granting to the Stadium Authority administrative and operational powers, including condemnation authority and a special financing mechanism.
While efforts to secure an NFL expansion team continued, legislation was enacted permitting the construction of a new baseball park at Camden Yards, contingent upon securing a long-term lease with the Orioles. In 1988, when a memorandum of agreement was negotiated between the team and the Maryland Stadium Authority, property acquisition, design and construction began on what would become Oriole Park at Camden Yards. The ballpark opened on April 6,1992 to rave reviews from architectural critics, fans and players. The opening resulted in the first significant increase in the size of MSA's staff with the addition of facilities management personnel. Committed to maintaining the baseball park in a first-class manner, personnel were selected both for their abilities and willingness to ensure that Camden Yards remains the best ballpark in the nation.
The ballpark opened on April 6, 1992 to rave reviews from architectural critics, fans and players.
The original mission of the Maryland Stadium Authority evolved and expanded and the reputation built with the Camden Yards ballpark resulted in the Maryland General Assembly supporting the Stadium Authority's participation in oversight roles in facilities other than baseball and football stadiums.
The next Stadium Authority project was the refurbishment and expansion of the Baltimore Convention Center. This project was completed in the Fall of 1996, overcoming problems of an extremely tight budget and the worst winter weather Baltimore had experienced in many years.
MSA's next undertaking was expansion of the Ocean City Convention Center, completed in the Fall of 1997, on time and under budget.
In November, 1996, more than a dozen years after the Colts' departure, Baltimore's NFL hopes were realized. Art Modell announced that he would relocate his team to Baltimore at the end of the current season. With this announcement, the design and construction process for Ravens Stadium began. The team's relocation necessitated more than $2 million in improvements to Memorial Stadium which became the home of the Baltimore Ravens for the 1996 and 1997 seasons. Ravens Stadium opened in August, 1998.
Authority's responsibilities continued to expand as new projects began and were completed on time under our oversight.. These projects included the design and construction of University Commons at the University of Maryland Baltimore County; demolition of Memorial Stadium, the Sports Complex at Towson University; the University of Maryland College Park Parking Garage; the Comcast Center at the University of Maryland College Park (the replacement for Cole Field House), Ripken Stadium, the Veterans’ Memorial and restoration of the historic Hippodrome Theater and Camden Station.
Current Maryland Stadium Authority projects are the Southern Maryland Stadium and Coppin State University Physical Education Complex.
David A. Raith
Acting Executive Director
Gary A. McGuigan
John F. Samoryk
M. Carol Salmon
Jeffrey K. Provenzano
Director, Football Operations
Susan G. Thorman
Director, Baseball Operations
Sports Legends Museum
Geppi's Entertainment Museum