I attended the Ravens' first pre-season game last night against the Carolina Panthers and, despite the gross weather, it was clear that football excitement was in the air (among the 70,000 in attendance). Because of the rain, I didn't get to do much tailgating, but I wanted to let you guys know about Gameday Warehouse—a new bar on Warner Street just 200 yards away from M&T Bank Stadium.
Gameday Warehouse, sponsored by 105.7 The Fan and Charm City Hospitality, seems like the best of both worlds. It combines the tailgating aspect (it's directly across from Lot J) with a bar experience. Gameday Warehouse can hold around 750-800 people and has 20 TVs. The place serves typical football fare (hamburgers, hot dogs, sausages) and has multiple bars throughout. Drinks are a little steep ($4 domestics, $7 mixed drinks), but not nearly as bad as the outrageous prices inside the stadium.
"Basically, there's not much around the stadium," says Robert Phillips, senior vice president of operations for CBS Radio in Baltimore. "Most people head to Federal Hill for the bar scene. We wanted to improve the game-day experience and make it fun for all the fans. So many people come down without tickets and we wanted to create a fun atmosphere for them, too."
The concept of Gameday Warehouse seems like such a no-brainer, it's a wonder that no one thought of it sooner. Phillips explained that they've always been focused on improving the parking-lot tailgates (particularly Lot O). I'm excited to check out the new addition to Ravens pandamonium—hopefully in dryer weather next time.
[Image: courtesy of CBS Radio]