Route 19 (MTA Maryland)
Route 19 is a bus route operated by the Maryland Transit Administration in Baltimore and its suburbs. The line runs from the State Center Metro Subway Station to the intersection of Harford Road and Northern Parkway. From there it splits into two branches. About one half of buses continue operating along Harford Road to the Carney Park-and-Ride just north of the I-695 interchange, the other half to the intersection of Goucher Boulevard and Taylor Avenue in Towson via Northern, McLean Boulevard and Taylor; the line serves the communities of Montebello and Parkville. The bus route is the successor to the 19 Harford Avenue streetcar line. Route 19 was electrified as a streetcar along Harford Road in 1894; the line did not serve Carney. Service between Parkville and Carney was provided by Bus Route R from 1936 to 1948, by Bus Route 53 from 1948 to 1956; the no. 19 line started providing service to Carney when it was converted to a bus in 1956. In 1952, it was combined with the no. 31 streetcar, extended to serve the corridor of Garrison Boulevard in West Baltimore.
In 1956, the operation was converted to rubber tire buses. Over the next few decades, the line was expanded; the route was extended along Belvedere Avenue to Sinai Hospital and north to the Carney Park-and-Ride, branches were formed to Northern Parkway and McLean Boulevard, Walther Avenue, Joppa Heights, the Hickey School. Express trips operated via I-95. In 1987, Route 19 was split into two lines in order to improve schedule adherence on both sides of town; the new Route 19 ran from State Center north of downtown Baltimore, the line served the Harford Road corridor. The new Route 91 operated from Sinai Hospital to City Hall. During the 1990s, the following changes were made to Route 19: The McLean branch was extended to Goucher & Taylor, overlapping with a portion of Route 55, it was made into a full-time service. The Walther Avenue branch was discontinued. Express trips via I-95 were discontinued. In 2005, as part of the Greater Baltimore Bus Initiative, a comprehensive overhaul plan for the region's transit system, MTA first proposed to eliminate the Joppa Heights and Hickey School branches.
No changes to this line were implemented along with Phase I in 2005. In 2006, a two revised plans were introduced; the first was to shorten the line to Lexington Market. But a new revised plan was introduced in 2006 in which the line would be split into two separate lines. One line, which would have retained the no. 19 designation, would have continued to operate from Carney to State Center, with a minor routing change in the downtown area, would have operated every 30 minutes at most times. The other would have been known as Route 37, would have operated from Goucher & Taylor to Cherry Hill via the current route downtown via the route of Route 27 the remainder of the way; these two lines would operate on an alternating basis with coordinated schedules between Northern & Harford and downtown Baltimore. These changes were not implemented, GBBI was canceled in 2007, but the Joppa Heights and Hickey School branches were eliminated in 2009, with no other changes to the route. In 1973, a new Route 19A was introduced that originated at the Carney Park-and-Ride, operated to Downtown Baltimore via a different route.
It was a replacement for a route provided by the defunct McMahon Services. The line provided one morning trip between Carney and downtown, one evening trip from downtown to Carney, it operated to points on Harford Road north of the Park-and-Ride lot, serving the Cub Hill area, followed Old Harford Road and shorter sections of other thoroughfares in Parkville and Towson not served by other bus service prior to reaching Charles Street in the Rodgers Forge area. From there, it continued directly downtown; the line was renamed Route 105 in 2000. In October 2005, Route 105 was discontinued due to its low ridership. No replacement service was formed. Riders within a close walk of other routes were advised to use those. A Route 19 bus is shown in the 2004 film A Dirty Shame Baltimore Streetcars By Herbert H. Harwood, Paul W. Wirtz, page 104-05, ISBN 0-8018-7190-5
Homeland is a neighborhood in the northern part of Baltimore, United States. It is bounded by Melrose Avenue on the north, Bellona Avenue on the east, Homeland Avenue on the south, Charles Street on the west; the Greater Homeland Historic District was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2001 with 1,616 contributing buildings. 97.8% of the houses in Homeland are occupied and 88.5% of that number are owner occupied. According to the last census, 88% of the residents are white, 8.6% are black, 1.8% Asian and 1.5% are Hispanic. 20 % of the white residents are reported as another 20 % English, 17 % German and 10 % Polish. The median family income is $136,383 with 1.2% of those in the workforce unemployed. 90.7 % are high 41 % report having a graduate or professional degree. Ann Marie Doory- member, Maryland House of Delegates Denise Dory- news anchor, ABC2 News Michael Middleton- Tennessee grad. Professional lacrosse player Tom Marechek- Syracuse grad. Professional lacrosse player Martin O'Malley- Maryland governor Alec Ross Democratic candidate for Maryland Governor Julia Marciari-Alexander, Executive Director, Walters Art Museum Dr. John Marciari, author, Morgan Library and Museum The Homeland Community Association HCA House photos "A Letter Perfect Neighborhood", Baltimore Sun, page 2b, Aug 20, 2006.
Greater Homeland Historic District, Baltimore City, including photo from 2000, at Maryland Historical Trust, accompanying map
Charles Village, Baltimore
Charles Village is a neighborhood located in the north-central area of Baltimore, Maryland, USA. It is a middle-class area with many single-family homes, in proximity to many of Baltimore's urban amenities; the neighborhood began in 1869. The land was divided and turned over to various builders who constructed home exteriors, leaving the interiors to be custom built according to buyer specifications; the area was first developed as a streetcar suburb in the early 20th century, is thought to be the first community to employ tract housing tactics. At the time, the area was known as Peabody Heights; the neighborhood history has been researched and published by Gregory J. Alexander and Paul K. Williams in their book Charles Village: A Brief History. Charles Village in a strict sense consists of the area to the east and south of the Johns Hopkins University Homewood campus. However, smaller neighborhoods to the east of this area — including Abell and Harwood, are considered by residents and other Baltimoreans to be part of Greater Charles Village.
The Charles Village Community Benefits District covers a hundred-block area bounded by 33rd Street to the north, Greenmount Avenue to the east, 25th Street and 20th Street to the south, Johns Hopkins and Howard Street to the west. This area contains over 700 businesses; the Charles Village Community Benefits District Management Authority is a public entity that provides services within the CVCBD. One of the Charles Village's defining features is its proximity to Johns Hopkins Homewood Campus. Many of the university's staff and students live in the neighborhood in the areas adjacent to the campus; as a result, Charles Village has for the past several decades attracted a large population of artists and bohemians. The area has a reputation for being one of the more racially diverse neighborhoods in a city, segregated for decades; the neighborhood in general becomes more affluent as you travel from south to north and from east to west. Though there are a number of apartment buildings, much of Charles Village's housing stock consists of two- and three-story rowhouses built in the early 20th century.
Many of the houses have been well maintained and, along with the rest of the city, the neighborhood has seen a boom in real estate prices in the first half of the 2000s. Some of the larger rowhouses have been converted into multi-unit apartment houses in more recent decades. In 1998, Charles Village residents were challenged to take up a paint brush and choose vividly uncommon colors for the facades and front porches of their Victorian rowhouses. Within five years, residents had enlivened more than 100 homes, including several which the owners have repainted more than once. More was at stake, than just neighborly relations, and as the painters increased, so did the number of competitions, to up to three times a year with new prizes. City blocks, best railings, entire homes were up for judging; the contests ended in 2003, but Charles Village homeowners say they are looking for the funding to restart the contest. The contests' lasting result is that the neighborhood is now part of iconic Baltimore, with pictures of the "Painted Ladies", as the homes are known, appearing on travel guides and magazine covers.
The neighborhood includes several small commercial districts and is within walking distance to the well-attended Waverly farmer's market. However, unlike many of the trendier neighborhoods in the city, there are few large-scale retail areas; that is in the process of changing, however, as two blocks of St. Paul Street in the northern part of the neighborhood have been redeveloped. On October 21, 2006, the first phase of a new development project was completed: a Barnes & Noble bookstore opened as an anchor to the retail space of a new dorm building, called Charles Commons, for Hopkins students; the project, completed in 2007, converted a stretch of rowhouses and small apartment buildings to the 600+ capacity dorm as well as multi-story condominiums, all of which contain ground-floor retail. The Barnes & Noble now serves both as the Johns Hopkins student bookstore and as a standard retail outlet for residents of North Baltimore City; the Charles Village Community Benefits District Management Authority is a special taxing district, one of four in Baltimore, the others being the Midtown Benefits District in Mount Vernon, the Downtown Partnership and the Waterfront Partnership.
The CVCBD's geographical boundaries include four neighborhoods in the northern part of the city: Charles Village, Harwood and Old Goucher. Property owners within the CVCBDMA pay 12 cents per $100 of assessed value over and above city taxes to support the supplemental sanitation and safety services provided by the District; the CVCBD was formed in 1994 through the efforts of the Charles Village Civic Association, led by its then-president Ed Hargadon. Shafer had been spurred into action by the 1992 murder of an employee in the company parking lot, he had pursued Benefits District legisl
Pennsylvania Station (Baltimore)
Baltimore Pennsylvania Station is the main transportation hub in Baltimore, Maryland. Designed by New York architect Kenneth MacKenzie Murchison, it was constructed in 1911 in the Beaux-Arts style of architecture for the Pennsylvania Railroad, it is located at 1515 N. Charles Street, about a mile and a half north of downtown and the Inner Harbor, between the Mount Vernon neighborhood to the south, Station North to the north. Called Union Station because it served the Pennsylvania Railroad and Western Maryland Railway, it was renamed to match other Pennsylvania Stations in 1928; the building sits on a raised "island" of sorts between two open trenches, one for the Jones Falls Expressway and the other the tracks of the Northeast Corridor. The NEC approaches from the south through the two-track, 7,660-foot Baltimore and Potomac Tunnel, which opened in 1873 and whose 30 mph limit, sharp curves, steep grades make it one of the NEC's worst bottlenecks; the NEC's northern approach is the 1873 Union Tunnel, which has one single-track bore and one double-track bore.
Penn Station is the eighth-busiest rail station in the United States by number of passengers served each year. Penn Station is served by Amtrak, MARC, the Maryland Transit Administration's light rail system; the station is the northern terminus of the Light Rail's Penn-Camden shuttle, connecting the Mount Vernon neighborhood with downtown. MARC offers service between Washington, D. C. and Perryville. Amtrak Acela Express and Northeast Regional trains from Penn Station serve destinations along the Northeast Corridor between Boston and Washington, D. C; some Regional trains from the station continue into Virginia and serve Alexandria, Newport News, Norfolk and points in between. Other long-distance trains from the station serve: St. Albans, Vermont Charlottesville, Virginia Raleigh and Charlotte, North Carolina Atlanta, Georgia New Orleans, Louisiana Jacksonville, Orlando and Miami, Florida Huntington, West Virginia Cincinnati, Ohio Indianapolis, Indiana Chicago, IllinoisIn the 1970s and 1980s, Amtrak offered service to Harrisburg and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, St. Louis and Atlantic City, New Jersey.
Before Amtrak's creation on May 1, 1971, Penn Station served as the main Baltimore station for its original owner, the Pennsylvania Railroad, though passenger trains of the Western Maryland Railway used Penn Station as well. Until the late 1960s, the PRR operated long-distance trains over its historic Northern Central Railway line from Penn Station to Harrisburg and beyond, such as "The General" to Chicago, the "Spirit of St. Louis" to its Missouri namesake, the "Buffalo Day Express" and overnight "Northern Express" between Washington, DC, Buffalo, New York; as late as 1956, this route hosted the "Liberty Limited" to Chicago and the "Dominion Limited" to Toronto, Canada. The Baltimore Light Rail now operates over much of the Northern Central Railway's right of way in Baltimore and Baltimore County. Baltimore Light Rail service began in 1997; as part of the Northeast Corridor Improvement Project, the station was restored to its 1911 appearance in 1984. The station's use as a Western Maryland station stop allowed passengers from Penn Station to ride directly to various Maryland towns such as Westminster and Cumberland.
Passenger service on the Western Maryland ended in 1958. Baltimore Penn Station is used for MARC train storage during the weekends and overnight via off-peak service times on tracks 1, 3, 5, F. Pennsylvania Station opened on September 15, 1911, it is the third railroad depot on its North Charles Street site. The first one was a wooden structure built by the Northern Central Railway that began operating in 1873; this was replaced in 1886 by the Charles Street Union Station, which featured a three-story brick building situated below street level with a sloping driveway that led to its entrance and a train shed that measured 76 by 360 feet. The old station was demolished in January 1910. During what became known as the Checkers speech, on September 23, 1952, Richard Nixon a U. S. Senator from California and the Republican Party's nominee for Vice President, cited Penn Station as the place where a package was waiting for him, containing a cocker spaniel dog his daughter Tricia would name "Checkers."
Nixon referred to the station by its former name, "Union Station in Baltimore." In 2004, the City of Baltimore, through its public arts program, commissioned sculptor Jonathan Borofsky to create a sculpture as the centerpiece of a re-designed plaza in front of Penn Station. His work, a 51-foot -tall aluminum statue entitled Male/Female, has generated considerable controversy since, its defenders cite the contemporary imagery and artistic expression as complementing an urban landscape, while opponents criticize what they decry as a clash with Penn Station's Beaux-Arts architecture, detracting from its classic lines. Penn Station offers a magazine store that sells quick necessities, two restaurants, including Dunkin' Donuts, Java Moon Cafe. Parking is available at the station through a garage with 550 parking spaces, owned by the Baltimore Parking Authority. ZipCar has three vehicles based at the station. Several proposals have been made to convert the upper floors of the station into a hotel. Proposals from 2001 and 2006 were never completed.
In 2009, Amtrak reached an agreement with a developer for a 77-room hotel to be called The Inn at Penn Station. This project stalled along with many other hotel proposals in Baltimore. An agreement
Baltimore Convention Center
The Baltimore Convention Center is a convention and exhibition hall located in downtown Baltimore, Maryland. The Center is a municipal building operated by the City of Baltimore; the facility was constructed in two separate phases: the original Center, with 425,000 square feet of exhibition and meeting space, opened in August 1979 at a cost of $51.4 million. A $151 million expansion, which increased the Center's total size to 1,225,000 square feet was completed in April 1997; the 752-room, city-owned Hilton Baltimore hotel opened in August 2008, connected to the convention center by an enclosed skywalk bridge. Another expansion to the Baltimore Convention Center has been proposed at an estimated cost of $400 million that includes a new 500 room hotel and an 18,500 seat arena; as of March 2016, the State of Maryland is going to explore expanding the Baltimore Convention Center for an estimated cost of $600 million and build a new hotel attached to the expansion. As of August 2016, the proposal of having a combined expanded convention center and hotel has been revived.
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake requested a $1 million feasibility study from the Maryland Stadium Authority, approved on August 2, 2016. As of September 2017, Phase 1 of the feasibility study has begun with the release expected to be sometime by the end of 2017. On July 6, 2018, the Maryland Stadium Authority released Phase 1 of the feasibility study. Phase 1 gives the ultimate recommendation of demolishing the 1979 eastern half and the Sheraton Inner Harbor hotel and replacing it with an expansion and a new hotel to replace the Sheraton. An arena was determined to be unfeasible due to "significant operational and construction related challenges." As a result of the Phase 1 recommendation, the Mayor of Baltimore requested the Maryland Stadium Authority to start Phase 2 which the MSA approved in July 2018. Phase 2 started in fall 2018 and will "outline preliminary design, cost estimating, financing modeling." As was the case with Harborplace, which opened in 1980. An Abell Foundation report in June 2005 describes the Convention Center as having been "built as an economic development tool to attract to Baltimore conventions, trade shows, meetings that would leave in the city millions of dollars spent on lodging, food and other services."
A report on economic development in the area, entitled Subsidizing the Low Road: Economic Development in Baltimore, states that "public and non-profit facilities such as the Maryland Science Center, the World Trade Center, the Convention Center, the National Aquarium" were part of then-mayor Schaefer's "focus on real estate and tourism sectors", as areas for growth, as well as his utilization of "'public/private partnerships' to pursue economic development". During the next two decades, due in part to the success of the Convention Center and the other attractions, Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Sports Legends Museum at Camden Yards, M&T Bank Stadium, Power Plant Live!, the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African-American History, have joined the area, creating a ten-block plus entertainment and cultural destination at Baltimore's Inner Harbor, further increasing tourist dollars flowing into the region. A June 2005 Greater Baltimore Committee report on tourism in Baltimore illustrates the importance of tourism in the current Baltimore region's economy: Hospitality and tourism and the convention industry are vital components of the region’s economy.
According to the Baltimore Area Convention and Visitors Association, spending from domestic travelers in 2002 was $8.476 billion statewide. This spending supported $719 million in state and local taxes while providing over 44,000 regional jobs. One major convention held in the convention center was Otakon, a convention that focuses on anime and other facets of East Asian culture; the convention had resided in the Baltimore Convention Center between 1999 and 2016. In 2013, the convention attracted 34,211 people. However, organizers of that convention announced at the close of the 2013 event plans to move to the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC for at least five years starting in 2017. Convention officials cited space concerns, along with the uncertainty of construction plans for the convention center and a new arena. According to WBAL-TV, Baltimore's local NBC news affiliate, due to the pending departure of Otakon in 2017 to Washington D. C. concerns were mounting regarding Baltimore's economic future.
In 2016, Otakon's final year in Baltimore, 29,113 people attended, a decline from its peak attendance of 34,211 in 2013. The Convention Center is viewed as important to the recent development on Baltimore's West Side. According to Ronald M. Kreitner, executive director of West Side Renaissance Inc. the "Convention Center will help contribute to the success of the theaters and the retail," referring to the development of the France-Merrick Performing Arts Center/Hippodrome Theatre, as well as new retail ventures in the area. By 2013, the center was playing a major role in the city's tourism growth, with conventions, seminars and exhibitions helping boost visitor numbers that year to 23.9 million, expenditure by visitors to $5.15 billion. Visit Balt
Greater Baltimore Medical Center
Greater Baltimore Medical Center is a hospital located in the Baltimore suburb of Towson, Maryland. GBMC serves more than 20,455 inpatient cases and 52,000 emergency department visits annually. GBMC’s main campus includes three medical office buildings—Physicians Pavilion East, Physicians Pavilion West and Physicians Pavilion North I. In addition to its main campus located in Towson, GBMC’s care can be found in several facilities located throughout the community including Hereford, Hunt Manor, Hunt Valley, Owings Mills, Perry Hall, Lutherville and Timonium. GBMC HealthCare is a private, not-for-profit corporation that owns and operates Greater Baltimore Medical Center. GBMC HealthCare owns and operates Gilchrist Hospice Care, the largest not-for-profit hospice organization in the state of Maryland; the organization includes the GBMC Foundation, which supports the GBMC mission by managing fundraising efforts. Incorporated in 1960, GBMC HealthCare consolidated the operations of two specialty Baltimore hospitals: The Hospital for Women of Maryland in Baltimore City and Presbyterian Eye and Throat Charity Hospital.
The services were relocated to serve the growing population in suburban Baltimore County, GBMC opened its doors in 1965 as a regional medical center, providing general acute and specific specialized services to the northern portion of Baltimore City, most of Baltimore County, portions of Anne Arundel, Carroll and Howard counties. The Hospital for Women of Maryland in Baltimore City had a unique specialization, opening in 1882 in Bolton Hill as only the second women’s hospital in the country; the Presbyterian Eye and Throat Charity Hospital originated as a clinic in the Civil War surgeon’s East Baltimore carriage house in 1887. Gilchrist Hospice Care, a Medicare/Medicaid-certified hospice program, is the largest not-for-profit hospice organization in the state of Maryland. Since 1994, it has provided care and services to over 17,000 terminally ill individuals who reside in Baltimore City and Baltimore, Carroll and Howard counties. Care includes medical, social work, home health aid and bereavement counseling/support and volunteer assistance.
Hospice services are most provided in the patient’s home or place of residence. When more intensive medical care is required, patients may be admitted to a 24-bed inpatient hospice facility, located on the campus of GBMC. Founded in 1987, the GBMC Foundation is a 501 nonprofit organization established to centralize and coordinate fundraising efforts to benefit GBMC HealthCare; the Foundation executes fundraising events, annual appeals and capital campaigns and seeks gifts from grateful patients and other friends of GBMC HealthCare, as well as grants from corporations and private foundations. The Foundation does not have any affiliation with federated funds or public agencies, instead relying on the generous financial support of people across Maryland and beyond; the GBMC Foundation is registered with the state of Maryland as an approved charitable organization. Gifts to the GBMC Foundation support new facilities, equipment for GBMC physicians and staff, specialty programs and technologies that combine to make GBMC the community hospital of choice for residents of Central Maryland.
In 2007, GBMC and Johns Hopkins Medicine began a strategic clinical affiliation for several programs, beginning with cardiology, pediatric surgery and oncology. Additional joint clinical practices, shared satellite healthcare centers and collaboration on clinical research are possibilities for future expansion of this affiliation; the $4 billion JHM enterprise is one of the largest employers in Maryland. Its components are named at the top of national rankings for best hospital and best school of medicine, its faculty win the largest share of NIH research funds. GBMC Homepage
Royal Farms Arena
Royal Farms Arena is an arena located in Baltimore. The Arena is located about a block away from the Baltimore Convention Center on the corner of Baltimore Street and Hopkins Place, it can be expanded up to 14,000, depending upon the event. The Arena is owned by the city of Baltimore and is managed by SMG, a private management company; the Arena opened October 23, 1962. Designed by AG Odell Jr. and Associates, it was built on the site of "Old Congress Hall", where the Continental Congress met in 1776. As a cornerstone for the Inner Harbor redevelopment during the 1980s, it was reopened after renovations and was renamed the Baltimore Arena in 1986. In 2003, it was renamed for 1st Mariner Bank, which purchased naming rights to the arena for 10 years, it was reported that 1st Mariner Bank paid the city $75,000 a year to keep the naming rights to the complex. When this naming rights agreement ended in 2013, the arena was returned to its "Baltimore Arena" name, until Royal Farms purchased the naming rights in September 2014.
This deal calls for Royal Farms to pay $250,000 annually for five years to the city, gives Royal Farms first rights to renew or restructure their deal at the end of the contract, or in the event that the city constructs a new arena. A cornerstone to the Arena was laid in 1961 with a vault that included messages from then-U. S. President John F. Kennedy, then-Maryland governor J. Millard Tawes, then-Baltimore Mayor J. Harold Grady; the vault was opened in 2006. The current site, chosen for the Baltimore Civic Center was not one of the many sites proposed to the Greater Baltimore Committee in 1955. Among nine suggested locations were two in Druid Hill Park, three at the end of the Inner Harbor basin, one in Clifton Park; the Arena has been host to many events, including music, boxing and other sports. From 1962 through 1976, the Baltimore Clippers of the American Hockey League played their home games at the Arena; the Clippers withdrew from the AHL in mid-season, 1974–75, to allow the Baltimore Blades of the World Hockey Association to finish their season.
The Clippers regrouped for one final AHL season 1975–76. The Arena has hosted two other AHL franchises: the Baltimore Skipjacks lasted from 1981 to 1993, the Baltimore Bandits played two seasons from 1995 to 1997. In 1962, the Arena hosted a boxing match between Johnny Morris. In 1963, the Arena became the home of the Baltimore Bullets, who played there until 1973; the Beatles performed at the Arena on September 13, 1964, to a total of 28,000 attendees in two performances on the same day, at 4:00 pm and 8:30 pm. On April 3, 1965, defending WWWF champion Bruno Sammartino defeated Gene Kiniski in a return title match. Just a few months in January 1966, Kiniski would win the National Wrestling Alliance title. In 1966, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. gave a speech, "Race and the Church", before a gathering of Methodist clergy at the Baltimore Civic Center. The NBA All-Star Game was played at the Arena in 1969; the venue hosted Led Zeppelin several times through the early 1970s. A couple of scenes from the Led Zeppelin concert film The Song Remains the Same were filmed backstage.
On June 13, 1970, The Jimi Hendrix Experience played the Civic Center with a last-minute decision to visit from New York and sold out. This was noted to be one of the best performances of the whole 1970 tour and was one of the last shows Hendrix played before his death a few months later. Elvis Presley played the Civic Center twice: Tuesday Nov. 9, 1971, 8:30pm and Sunday May 29, 1977 8:30pm. These were less than three months before his untimely death. Both shows were complete sell-outs; the Grateful Dead's performance on September 17, 1972, was recorded and released as Dick's Picks Volume 23. It contains the complete concert, except for the encore, "One More Saturday Night", it contains the longest CD version of "The Other One", at nearly 40 minutes long. In 1974, the World Team Tennis Baltimore Banners played their home games there. Number 1 in the world Jimmy Connors was on that team. After Connors defeated Ken Roswall in Wimbledon they played each other at the Arena in a rematch. Billie Jean King played and coached the Philadelphia Freedoms of the WTT.
John Newcomb played there in the WTT. The Civic Center was host to the 1975 MEAC Men's Basketball Tournament. In 1975, professional basketball returned with the Baltimore Claws of the American Basketball Association; the Memphis Sounds relocated to Baltimore following the 1974–75 ABA season and were first called the Baltimore Hustlers, before changing their name. Troubled financially from the start, the Claws folded after three road exhibition games; the Arena was the home of the Major Indoor Soccer League's Baltimore Blast since their arrival in the 1980–1981 season until the league folded in 1992. The Blast won their only championship in the 1983-84 season, attended by upwards of 11,200 fans; the Blast, regardless of incarnation, were the longest-serving tenant in the Arena's history. In 1986, the Arena was host to popular Italian opera singer Luciano Pavarotti. Van Halen performed at the Arena on July 1980 as part of their Van Halen World Invasion Tour. Bon Jovi performed to a sold-out Arena crowd during their Slippery When Wet Tour on December 29, 1986.
Def Leppard performed at the Arena on October 1987 during their Hysteria World Tour. The Arena was the home of the Major Indoor Lacrosse Leag