Any fan who has arrived early to a Ravens game knows the tailgating scene: smoking grills fill the air with delicious smells, upbeat music blasting no matter the time, competitive shouts arising from a nearby cornhole game and inevitably, some confusion and frustration from drivers trying to get a coveted parking spot. By following these helpful parking tips, Baltimore tailgaters will enjoy quicker, safer access to the best party lots in the area.
Reserved Parking Lots
Parking at the M&T Bank Stadium lot is sold in advance and is by permit only (i.e. season ticket holders). For parking pass holders, tailgating is allowed on all on-site lots, which open five hours prior to kick-off. Among the lots, G and H (especially H) are listed at the top for tailgating, likely because RVs and campers are only allowed on these lots and the die-hard tailgater requires a vehicle of this size to transport all that enthusiasm. Note: RVs and campers must arrive no later than three hours prior to game time and must possess two parking passes (the 2nd pass can be purchased for $35 when entering the lot). All vehicles must have a parking pass displayed at all times.
For fans without permits that still want reserved parking, visit ParkWhiz.com to purchase parking in advance at a host of downtown locations. Tailgaters should look for lots (not garage parking) as most stadium parking lots, even off the stadium grounds, allow this pre-game fun.
Cash Parking Lots
Most parking lots will cost between $15-25, but some organized tailgate parties can cost as much at $40 per carload. Because these lots are first-come, first-served, the earlier you arrive, the better your chances are of accessing the best lots or finding free street parking (look in Federal Hill).
Although most lots advertise that they don’t open until four hours before game time, in many cases it’s possible to get in earlier and just pay the attendant later. Further, there are tons of pay lots located around the stadium for fans arriving early.
One of the best-known private tailgating spots called the Staples lot (or ABC Rental lot) consistently receives great reviews from fans and is located on the corner of Hamburg and Russell Streets. Plus, it’s just a short distance from the stadium. Due to this lot’s popularity, the trick is to arrive extra early (e.g. no later than 9 a.m. for a 1 p.m. game).
Mista T’s Tailgate, a friendly and spirited crew of Ravens fans, is another great option that sets up in the private side lot behind a building adjacent to Lot H. (Contact Mista T on www.ravens24x7.com for more details.) This party lot also fills up quickly so early arrival is a must.
For those not prepared to get up so early, try driving down Russell and Hamburg Streets as there are plenty of small business lots that allow tailgating and offer cheap rates. Also, check out W. West, Sharp and Ostend Streets at the southeast corner of the stadium for options like the old GMC lot located on the corner of Ostend and Warner Street.
- Look out for permit-only zones
- If tailgating with a group, arrive together
- Arrive early (4-5 hours before game time)
Above all, remember that Baltimore proudly hosts over 30,000 parking spots in lots and garages around the city so every fan can enjoy the game. It just takes a little time and patience.
Check out Tailgate Fan to keep the party going at tailgatefan.cbslocal.com.
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