FAQs

Located at 201 W. Baltimore Street, CFG Bank Arena is designed to accommodate 14,000 guests. Capacities for different events may vary. The Arena will host dozens of concerts; family shows; the biggest sporting events such as UFC, tennis, boxing, NBA exhibition games, NCAA events, tournaments, and more.

OVG has respectfully retained the iconic roof of the CFG Bank Arena, originally built in 1962 designed by renowned architect, AG Odell Jr. and Associates.  The unique roof line was said to mimic the petals of Maryland’s State Flower, the Black-Eyed Susan.  By maintaining the historic roof, CFG Bank Arena takes its rightful place alongside other iconic landmarks

The Arena renovation was entirely privately financed by OVG, the current project cost estimate is over $200 Million. Not one dollar of taxpayer’s money is involved. OVG insisted taxpayers stand no risk on the redesign of this iconic venue.

OVG is responsible for Arena operations and maintenance of the facility over the life of the 30-year Lease Term; OVG assumes the risks and costs of operating and maintaining the arena.

The CFG Bank Arena is re-designed and re-imagined for concerts. Elements include thoughtful backstage and back of house production design along with acoustic elements to improve live sound, making CFG Bank Arena one of the most sought-after venues in North America for world-class entertainment. 

The naming rights for the Arena were secured through a partnership between Oak View Group and CFG Bank. CFG Bank is a Baltimore-based bank that provides commercial, personal, and online banking solutions to the Mid-Atlantic business community, national cannabis industry, and national healthcare market. CFG Bank is the largest bank headquartered in Baltimore. Jack Dwyer acquired and founded CFG Bank in 2009 with the vision to bring his entrepreneurial, no-limits approach to problem solving to Greater Baltimore through creative financing solutions. CFG Bank offers the same banking tools and level of expertise as larger banks, but takes a personal approach to every interaction so they can create a customized solution to meet a client’s needs. CFG’s team makes banking and lending personal. They take on client goals and challenges as their own and are persistent in finding solutions to help clients grow and succeed. 

CFG Bank Arena is scheduled to open in 2023 as host site of the CIAA basketball tournament scheduled for February 20, 2023.  The first Grand Re-Opening Performance will be Bruce Springsteen on April 7, 2023.

Yes!  We will also showcase suites, club rooms, a premium level, theatre boxes, and an outdoor terrace.

The stage has been removed to make way for a better fan experience and better sight lines. 

All hard surfaces that are vertical will be covered with a tectum acoustical treatment. The ceiling and underside of balcony will have an acoustical baffle treatment attached either horizontally or vertically. The dated ceiling clouds have been removed and careful consideration has gone into the types of surfaces facing the stage as well as in and around the stage area.

We plan to showcase the biggest and best events in the world of entertainment, approximately 120+ events per year.

Oak View Group (OVG) is a global leader in sports and entertainment and was founded in 2015 by two of the most influential people in the sports and entertainment business over the past 40 years, Tim Leiweke and Irving Azoff. This global venue development, advisory, and investment company for the sports and live entertainment industries, has begun renovations to transform the 60-year-old city-owned CFG Bank Arena into a new multi-purpose, state-of-the-art entertainment, and sports venue. Once fully renovated, the world-class modern Arena will serve as a key anchor on Downtown Baltimore’s West Side and help drive further investment and development in the area.

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