Arena Report - 1st Mariner Arena
Tonight, Raw makes its triumphant return to the United States after a sold-out show in Manchester, England. The 1st Mariner Arena in Baltimore, Maryland will house all the incredible WWE action as Raw rolls into town.
Baltimore’s largest indoor venue first opened to the public in 1962 as the Baltimore Civic Center. Twenty-four years later, the name was changed to the Baltimore Arena. In 2003 the name was changed once more to the current 1st Mariner Arena. Seating up to fourteen thousand people, the 1st Mariner has a long tradition of hosting the best in entertainment. Led Zeppelin, Britney Spears, Elvis and the Beatles have graced the legendary venue. The 1st Mariner is also the permanent home of the Baltimore Blast soccer team.
A number of historical WWE events have played out in front of the Baltimore fans including the Great American Bash, King of the Ring, No Mercy, and No Way Out pay-per-views. Ric Flair defeated David Flair in a memorable Retirement Match at the Great American Bash from Baltimore in 2000. At No Mercy In 2003, Mr. McMahon defeated his daughter Stephanie in an I Quit Match. More recently, Chris Benoit defeated Booker T to claim the United States Championship at No Way Out 2006.