BALTIMORE, MD. (August 31, 2015) - The Maryland Stadium Authority (MSA) today released a study commissioned by the Maryland Department of Agriculture (MDA) and the Maryland Horse Industry Board (MHIB) that calls for enhancements to horse competition and recreational horseback riding facilities at the Fair Hill Natural Resources Management Area (Cecil County) and the Prince George’s Equestrian Center.
The study, conducted by Crossroads Consultants, Inc., evaluated existing equine resources in the state and identified improvements that would be needed at those facilities in order to develop a statewide horse park system that would spread economic benefits throughout Maryland....READ MORE
March 23, 2015
Public Information Officer
Governor Larry Hogan named Thomas E. Kelso, prominent Baltimore businessman and investment banker, as Chairman of the Maryland Stadium Authority on March 16, 2015.
“Tom Kelso offers a wealth of financial and management experience in serving Maryland," Governor Larry Hogan said of the appointment. “The Maryland Stadium Authority is an ideal place for his energy and interests."
“We are very fortunate to have him lead the agency that contributes so much to the quality of life in Maryland.”
Mr. Kelso is Managing Director, Head of Downstream Energy & Retail Group, Chief Compliance Officer as well as Head of the Baltimore Office of Matrix Capital Markets Group, Inc., a leading mid-market independent investment bank.
Prior to joining Matrix, he previously consulted with clients on mergers and acquisitions, corporate restructuring and refinancing, primarily within the petroleum industry, at Kennilworth Holdings, Inc. and was the co-founder and CFO of Ocean Petroleum Co., Inc.
Mr. Kelso was previously on the Board of Directors of the Maryland Public Policy Institute and served as its Chairman from 2009-2013.
Mr. Kelso has been engaged in many aspects of education, serving as Business Officer for the Evening College & Summer Session division at Johns Hopkins University to serving on the Board of Trustees, and as Chairman, of his alma mater, John Carroll School in Bel Air. Mr. Kelso is chair of the "Lighting the Way" Capital Campaign for John Carroll.
During his confirmation hearing, Mr. Kelso expressed his strong interest in education and the opportunities presented through revitalization of school facilities.
Over 25 years, the Maryland Stadium Authority has completed a number of multi-purpose projects on college campuses throughout the state, including Xfinity Center in College Park, University Commons at UMBC and the Physical Education Complex at Coppin State.
Currently, the Stadium Authority is managing the $1.1 billion construction program to restore Baltimore City Public Schools.
“I asked Governor Hogan for an appointment to the Stadium Authority because I value the agency’s ability to be transformative in their achievements,” Mr. Kelso remarked. “In addition to the quality of life facilities and economic opportunities they develop in partnerships throughout the state, they have made a significant contribution to education.”
“I would like to be actively involved in what this innovative and highly respected organization brings to Maryland.”
Mr. Kelso succeeds John Morton III, who has chaired the Stadium Authority since 2006.
“I appreciate the dedication and professionalism John Morton brought to MSA. Under his leadership, the agency and its tenant partners restored and enhanced the Camden Yards facilities and achieved 100% occupancy of the complex,” Mr. Kelso noted. “His determination to bring outside events to Camden made this state-owned park available to many Marylanders and visitors who would not otherwise have occasion to enjoy it. I look forward to working with him as he continues on the Board."
Mr. Kelso and his wife, Dori Bishop, founded the Kelso Bishop Family Foundation to pursue their philanthropic efforts. They reside in Baltimore.
Governor Hogan named Thomas E. Kelso of Baltimore to be the next Chairman of the Maryland Stadium Authority, effective upon his Senate confirmation. I congratulate Mr. Kelso on his selection. This change is fully expected with a new administration, and I look forward to assisting him in a successful transition and supporting him as a member of the board.
It was an honor to serve Governor O’Malley for seven years, and I’d like to reflect on what the board, the staff and I accomplished during that time together.
11 Buildings Move Toward Design Phase, Promising New or Renovated Schools for Close to 8,000 Students
Eddie House Foster
EMBARGOED for release:
September 23, 2014, 6:00 p.m.
(Baltimore, MD) — The campaign to provide new or renovated schools for Baltimore's students, families, and communities that began four years ago has reached a new milestone, with 11 buildings identified for the first year of the program. Two, a newly constructed Fort Worthington Elementary School in the Berea neighborhood on the east side and a renovated and enlarged Frederick Elementary School in Millhill on the west, are in the design phase and will open for students in the 2017-18 school year.
Minority, Women-owned, area firms awarded Program Manager Contract for Baltimore City Schools Project
For Immediate Release
Eric Johnson, Maryland Stadium Authority
The Maryland Stadium Authority has selected Partners for Revitalization of Baltimore City Schools, a joint venture of McKissack & McKissack and Brailsford & Dunlavey, to perform program management services for the Baltimore City Public Schools Construction and Revitalization program. This includes administrative, technical and programmatic support to the Maryland Stadium Authority and Baltimore City Public Schools to carry out the school program.
The contract for $ 6,257,816.30 was awarded following a procurement process which produced five qualified candidates. The selection panel, consisting of representatives from Baltimore City Schools and the Maryland Stadium Authority, unanimously recommended Partners for Revitalization of Baltimore City Schools as they were both the low bidder and highest technically-ranked candidate.
For Immediate Release
Friday, March 7, 2014
Al Tyler, Senior Project Manager
Maryland Stadium Authority
In June 2012, Wicomico County requested Maryland Stadium Authority to perform an economic and modernization study of Arthur W. Perdue Stadium, home of the Orioles affiliate Shorebirds, to assess how revenues can be increased in the County-owned facility.
The study served as a tool to identify enhancements and amenities necessary to keep the stadium economically viable and competitive in the market and retain the team when its lease expires in 2015.
BALTIMORE, Nov. 20, 2013 -- /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Blind Industries and Services of Maryland (BISM), a 501 (c)(3) not-for-profit company headquartered in Baltimore that employs and trains blind people of all ages, has developed a partnership with the Maryland Stadium Authority (MSA) in recent months, and now is a key provider of Janitorial-Sanitation products for Oriole Park at Camden Yards and M&T Bank Stadium.
The partnership was six years in the making and has included the hard work of numerous people, including MSA's John Samoryk, Oriole Park's Suzanne Chaconas, M&T Bank Stadium's Bart Shifler and the sales team of BISM, led by Sales Director Gregg Kalifut.
Nov. 19, 2013
For Immediate Release
RAVENS AND MARYLAND STADIUM AUTHORITY RECOGNIZED
The Baltimore Ravens, in partnership with the Maryland Stadium Authority (MSA), have earned a LEED-certified "Gold" designation for M&T Bank Stadium from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). (LEED is Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. LEED strives to deliver energy- and water-efficient, healthy, environmentally-friendly, cost-saving buildings, homes and communities.)
M&T Bank Stadium becomes the first existing outdoor professional sports facility in the United States – including all NFL and Major League Baseball stadiums – to receive USGBC's Gold rating. A LEED certification is recognized across the globe as the premier mark of achievement in green building.
"I'm pleased to celebrate the LEED-certified Gold designation with our World Champions," said Governor Martin O'Malley. "Working together, we're meeting some of the most ambitious energy reduction goals in the nation, fostering innovation and job creation that will lead to a better, more sustainable future for our children."
"In conjunction with and support from the Maryland Stadium Authority, the Ravens wanted to step forward as a leader in the stadium industry by pushing the envelope with efficiency and sustainability," Ravens president Dick Cass said. "Our staff, headed by Roy Sommerhof [Ravens vice president of stadium operations], used creative strategies that produced significant energy and maintenance efficiencies and cost savings.
For Immediate Release
October 16, 2013
Contact: Jan Hardesty
Public Information Officer
Maryland Stadium Authority (410) 333-1560
The Maryland Board of Public Works unanimously approved a Memorandum of Understanding between four public agencies charged with a multi-year, billion-dollar program to rebuild and revitalize Baltimore City Public Schools.
The MOU, which was a condition of the Baltimore City Public Schools Construction and Revitalization Act of 2013, formalizes the roles and responsibilities of Baltimore City government, Baltimore City Schools, the Interagency Committee on School Construction, and the Maryland Stadium Authority.
Among the key provisions of the MOU are annual contributions of $20 million each from the City, Schools, and State. The Stadium Authority will leverage this $60 million in bond sales of up to $1.1 billion.
September 17, 2013
Contact: Jan Hardesty
Public Information Officer
Plans to renovate and replace aging Baltimore City schools took a step forward with the development of a Memorandum of Understanding among the four public agencies involved in the multi-year series of projects.
The Baltimore City Public Schools Construction and Revitalization Act of 2013, authorizing the ambitious program, requires the Maryland Stadium Authority, Baltimore City, the Baltimore City Board of School Commissioners, and the Interagency Committee on School Construction to "specify the parameters" with regard to "roles, rights and responsibilities" of each party as to "process and management of program development, scheduling, budgeting, procurement, design, construction" and other aspects of the program in a Memorandum of Understanding by October 1, 2013.
This MOU must be accepted by each party's authorizing body before final approval by Maryland Board of Public Works. This is scheduled for Wednesday, October 16, 2013.
Since its 1986 establishment by the General Assembly, the Maryland Stadium Authority has touched every region of the state from cities and towns to campuses large and small. MSA has partnered with other agencies, governments, and the private sector to turn project proposals into major entertainment and education facilities and economic development opportunities.
The very first of these projects came to fruition in 1992, when Oriole Park at Camden Yards opened to widespread acclaim. Twenty years later, the ballpark that forever changed the game saw a full season of celebrations, with new features, old friends, and a playoff run that captivated the region.
While MSA has taken on myriad assignments throughout the state, our commitment to maintaining Camden Yards to the highest standards of structure and safety has always been paramount. These improvements can be seen in this Annual Report, along with many community activities and major events that bring millions of people to our campus every year.
From the Ravens thrilling championship to the Orioles electrifying season, this has been an amazing 20th anniversary year for us at Camden Yards. As we celebrate these achievements, we look forward to new challenges in 2013 and beyond.
Michael J. Frenz
For Immediate Release
February 25, 2013
Contact: Michael Frenz, Maryland Stadium Authority
The Maryland Stadium Authority is implementing a ban on smoking at the Camden Yards Sports Complex, which includes both Oriole Park at Camden Yards and M&T Bank Stadium. Effective March 4, 2013, the ban will apply to all games and events held within the stadium structures at Camden Yards.
The ban prohibits the "the burning of a lighted cigarette, cigar, pipe, or any other matter or substance that contains tobacco" within the stadiums--whether such spaces are covered or uncovered, walled or exposed, or open or closed to public access. The ban will also prohibit smoking within 25 feet of any entry, outdoor air intake, or operable window of the stadium structures.
Roy Sommerhof, Vice President of Stadium Operations for the Ravens, said the team will make accommodations for those attending football games and other special events held at M&T Bank Stadium who wish to smoke.
The Orioles will announce a similar policy to accommodate smokers prior to Opening Day.
For Immediate Release: February 8, 2013
Contact: Eric Johnson, Project Director, Maryland Stadium Authority, 410-333-1560
Contact: Alvin McNeal, Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, Dept. of Parks and Recreation, 301-699-2533
The Maryland Stadium Authority (MSA), in conjunction with The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC), released a market and economic study for a proposed 22,000-seat lacrosse stadium and youth sports complex to be located at Green Branch Park, adjacent to Prince George's Stadium off of Route 301 in Bowie.
In 2012, M-NCPPC asked the Maryland Stadium Authority to evaluate the economic and community benefits for locating this facility at Green Branch Park, an undeveloped 319-acre parcel of land owned by M-NCPPC's Department of Parks and Recreation in Prince George's County. The study was performed by Crossroads Consulting, which performed similar work for the MSA over the past several years.
The study focuses on two factors: the feasibility of a new lacrosse stadium, envisioned as a home facility for the professional Major League Lacrosse (MLL) Chesapeake Bayhawks. Additionally, the study evaluates whether a related multi-field youth sport complex could serve as a multi-purpose hub for youth recreation league and tournament play in the County.
(Annapolis - Nov. 29) -- Phase One of a new study conducted by The Maryland Horse Industry Board (MHIB) and the Maryland Stadium Authority finds that the concept of developing a Maryland Horse Park continues to be vital to the growth of the state's horse industry but offers some new approaches to an initial study conducted in 2005. The original study recommended building a large central facility similar to the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky for about $120 million. The new study finds that Maryland already has many of the essential components for such a park at existing facilities. The new study suggests that a new horse park can be made up of a system of existing and perhaps upgraded equine facilities across the state that can be linked together and operate cooperatively rather than as strictly individual venues. While suggesting that a linked system would likely work for Maryland, the study makes no conclusive recommendation on actual implementation and leaves the door open to other possibilities. Phase Two of the study will investigate exactly what needs to be done to maximize the use of the state's current equine facilities and study the potential these facilities have for attracting national and international events, competitions, and visitors to Maryland. Phase Two is scheduled to begin early in 2013 and be completed by the fall. The study is funded jointly by the MHIB and the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development. To read the study. For more information, contact MHIB Executive Director Ross Peddicord at: 410-841-5798 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Office of the Mayor
Gary A. McGuigan
Maryland Stadium Authority
The Maryland Stadium Authority has released a Critique/Assessment of the Market and Economic Assessment for a Full-Service Hotel and Meeting Space in Downtown Frederick (2010 by Pinnacle/OPX).
The study update was prepared by Crossroads Consultants and Hospitality and Gaming Solutions under contract to the Stadium Authority. It concludes that Frederick has sufficient market demand for a full-service, 200 room, branded hotel with 15,000 square feet of meeting space in Downtown Frederick. The study further finds that the hotel when stabilized will generate approximately 52,600 room nights, 280 jobs, and $25 million in economic impact.
These findings are generally consistent with the earlier study and confirms the need for such a facility in downtown Frederick. The Maryland Stadium Authority and its team of consultants is briefing key elected and business officials this morning at the Chamber of Commerce and other stakeholders and the general public at 1PM today in City Hall.
"I am very pleased with the outcome of the study," stated Earl H. Robbins, Jr. the appointed Project Chairman. "Based on the study findings, I believe that a privately-owned and operated hotel in downtown with sufficient meeting space to induce new meetings and conferences will be a game changer for this community," he added.
The study was conducted at the request of The City of Frederick, using technical assistance grant funds from the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD). The City was acting on behalf of the Downtown Hotel Advisory Team consisting of the following organizations:
- The Frederick County Chamber of Commerce & Major Employers Group (MEG) –– Ric Adams, President & CEO
- Tourism Council of Frederick County - John Fieseler, Director,
- East Frederick Rising - Bob McCutcheon, President
- Downtown Frederick Partnership - Kara Norman, Executive Director
- Frederick County Business Development and Retention Division (BDRD) - Helen Riddle, Acting Director
- The City of Frederick - Earl H. Robbins Jr. , Project Chairman
Josh Russin, Executive Assistant to the Mayor
Richard G. Griffin, AICP, CEcD, Director of Economic Development & Project Manager
Mayor Randy McClement offered that "the City of Frederick and my administration has focused its energy and resources on infrastructure projects which improve the quality of life and provide economic return for the community. Development of a privately owned, operated and financed full-service hotel in Downtown Frederick is part of that strategy, along with completion of Carroll Creek Park, Monocacy Boulevard, Frederick Municipal Airport Control Tower and increased sewer capacity."
According to Ric Adams, President and CEO of the Frederick County Chamber of Commerce, ""the Chamber and its Major Employers Group (MEG) choose this project as its number one priority to retain and expand the business community in Frederick County. The Chamber and MEG have helped fund the original feasibility study and continue to advocate for this hotel project in downtown Frederick.""
The study confirms the Frederick area has a growing population base, with stable employment in the military and government sectors as well as bioscience and technology centers. Property annexed by the City of Frederick in recent years is nearing development which will also contribute to the tax base and employment opportunities.
Maryland Stadium Authority Chairman John Morton III added his thoughts. "MSA was happy to work with the City of Frederick and their hospitality community to evaluate the market for a downtown hotel/conference center," he said. "This study provides stakeholders with the information they need to decide how best to proceed with the project."
Currently, Frederick County has fewer than 1,000 hotel rooms, with an additional 100+ anticipated when the Marriott Towne Place Suites is completed this summer. Focus on Civil War history has increased interest in Frederick as a destination.
According to John Fieseler, Director of the Tourism Council, "Frederick is fortunate to have posted the highest increase in hotel room demand in Maryland during 2011 and over $300 million in tourism spending." He added that "presently there is not a full-service hotel in Frederick and this downtown hotel will fill a gap not being met in the market."
Based on research and analysis of the growing market and popularity of Frederick, Crossroads concurs with the Pinnacle/OPX study's conclusion that the community would benefit on many levels from a hotel/conference center in the downtown historic district –– including the creation of 280 permanent, full-time jobs that would create $9 million in personal earnings and increased activity in the retail/hospitality outlets.
The study offers recommendations of what amenities and services should be included in the 200-room facility based on the evolving industry standards. In addition to a business center, Wi -Fi connectivity, a pool and fitness center, the hotel complex should also include a restaurant/lounge, room service, and retail outlets.
The meeting space recommendations are consistent with the high-end brand the city should attract. A 5,000 -6,000 ballroom should be included in the 15,000 square feet of conference space, along with a flexible layout to accommodate a variety of uses.
The feasibility study determined this type facility would generate approximately 52,600 room nights with $16.5 million in direct spending and almost $30 million in economic impact. In addition the operation would generate significant local property taxes based on the assessed value of the property. In conducting their research, Crossroads also found interest in this concept from several national hotel brands.
Because the study focuses on an unspecified downtown location, Crossroads cautions that parking and access will be major considerations and should be factored into any future decision.
The Downtown Frederick Hotel project originated from a business community need identified by the seventeen largest major employers (MEG) in Frederick County and the Frederick County Chamber of Commerce. In addition to championing this project, the initial feasibility study by Pinnacle / OPX in January 2010 was financed by the partners including the MEG Group and the local Chamber of Commerce.
Crossroads suggests that if the next steps include selecting a development site and a hotel developer. The hotel team is immediately issuing a Request for Information (RFI) from Downtown Frederick property owners who are interested in submitting their property as a potential location of a future Downtown Frederick hotel. A separate Request for Qualifications (RFQ) to select a hotel developer will be issued this fall.
The feasibility study is posted on the Maryland Stadium Authority website at: http://www.mdstad.com/current-studies/city-of-frederick-conference-center
April 13, 2012
Public Information Director
Maryland Stadium Authority
The Maryland Stadium Authority today released the market and economic study performed at the request of Howard County, Maryland on the feasibility of a major tennis facility and sports center for Troy Park, a county-owned site at the intersection of I-95 and Route 100.
The concept of developing a world class tennis facility was proposed by the Howard County Tennis Patrons, Inc., a nonprofit corporation formed in 2004 to promote the growth of tennis in Howard County. Their mission includes creating a premier tennis facility for children and adults, and hosting United States Tennis Association events that would create economic and fiscal benefits to the County by attracting out-of-town participants and spectators.
The proposed program, for which the advocacy group has already completed preliminary planning, includes 30 professional quality tennis courts (12 indoor and 18 outdoor), an 8,000-seat multi-use stadium, a community plaza and other associated amenities such as a pro shop. Originally envisioned as a public-private undertaking, the initial effort to secure funding from the private sector has fallen short, possibly due to recent economic conditions.
County Executive Ken Ulman asked the Stadium Authority to evaluate the economic and fiscal benefits of the plan and comment on the potential use of public funds in financing this venue.
The study highlighted that Howard County is an affluent jurisdiction where quality of life amenities and educational/enrichment activities are appreciated. “MONEY” magazine cited Howard County as one of “America’s Best Places to Live,” and “Forbes” listed Howard County as one of the “Best Places to Raise a Family.” Howard County and its leadership takes great pride in the recreational facilities available to its citizens, most recently demonstrated in the opening of Robinson Nature Center and the first phase of the 300 acre Blandair Park in Columbia.
Howard County is well-positioned geographically for national and regional events. The Troy Park site is favorably located with interstate access and proximity to BWI-Marshall airport.
The market study indicates there are relatively few top-tier events which require a facility of this magnitude. While there is market demand from diverse users, it is not sufficient to offset the costs of on-going operations and debt service. Another concern highlighted by the study is the lack of nearby hotels in Howard County, which would likely divert potential tax revenue from events to Baltimore and/or Anne Arundel Counties.
Despite drawbacks to the scale of the project originally envisioned, the concept has merit as a quality of life resource for Howard County and the greater region. If the County decides to move forward with the project, the program elements should be redefined, and the cost reduced.
The study recommends several steps when evaluating a project of this scale, including identifying an operating strategy to maximize resources and achieve cost savings. The effort to secure private/public/education sector partners should continue on a parallel track.
“We greatly appreciate the work done by the Maryland Stadium Authority and its consultants,” stated Howard County Executive Ken Ulman. “This study provides us with the insights we need in considering our options for this project. It allows us to make realistic choices about the tennis park features, the kind of partnerships we need, and the steps we need to take as we move forward.”
Maryland Stadium Authority Chairman John Morton III added his thoughts. “MSA is pleased to provide our expertise on project development to Howard County,” he said. “The results of this study give the County Executive what he needs to make an informed decision about the scale of the tennis park project.”
Monday, March 5, 2012
Director of Policy and Communications
Office of Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake
Maryland Stadium Authority
Maryland Stadium Authority
City and MSA Release Feasibility Study for Proposed Expansion of the Baltimore Convention Center
BALTIMORE, MD (March 5, 2012)Today, the City of Baltimore and the Maryland Stadium Authority released the study of a visionary plan for a new downtown arena complex between Camden Yards and the Inner Harbor. The concept, proposed by the Greater Baltimore Committee in May 2011, would incorporate the expansion of the existing Baltimore Convention Center and the redevelopment of the adjacent Sheraton Hotel.
The study, requested jointly by Governor Martin O'Malley and Mayor Stephanie Rawlings Blake, evaluated the market and economic potential of the proposed project, portions of which would be publicly and privately financed. Replacement of the City-owned 1st Mariner Arena is a City priority. Locating it adjacent to an expanded Convention Center and new hotel overlooking the harbor is an opportunity to transform Baltimore.
"I greatly appreciate the thoughtful analysis the Maryland Stadium Authority provided with this study" said Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings Blake. "This project is ambitious, and the details of how to secure the public and private financing are complex. Building a new, world-class convention center in the heart of Baltimore's Inner Harbor will strengthen our tourism industry and spark new growth throughout the city."
Market research indicates that there is a significant demand for additional space at the Convention Center to host more, larger, and simultaneous events. Baltimore's proximity to population centers, association headquarters, and transportation routes were cited as market advantages. Also mentioned was Baltimore's connection with medical, pharmaceutical, and biotech interests. The study also found that a downtown location, with its cluster of attractions, accommodations, and sports venues is beneficial. Packaging the Convention Center (the publicly financed portion of the project) as part of an entertainment and hospitality complexas opposed to a stand-alone facilityenhances its appeal as a destination package for national and international convention planners. This would benefit the private businesses along the corridor with its synergy and landmark design.
The study also references the downside of not addressing the aging facilities. 1st Mariner Arena, while successfully operating since 1962, is functionally obsolete and no longer able to accommodate many popular touring events. The Convention Center, originally constructed in 1979 and expanded in 1996, has fallen behind newer and more versatile facilities and will lose its market share without substantial renovations.
The study concludes that the Greater Baltimore Committee proposal presents the City of Baltimore and State of Maryland with an unprecedented opportunity to leverage private sector resources with public dollars to achieve economic growth and quality of life amenities. The next steps for the City and State are to estimate construction and project costs after preliminary design, determine the available private sector financial investment, and develop a financing strategy.
"The Stadium Authority was happy to work with both the City and the State to provide them with the analysis they need to make an informed decision about this proposal." noted Chairman John Morton, III. "We stand ready to assist with this proposal if asked."
The complete study, performed by Crossroads Consulting Services, is posted on the Maryland Stadium Authority website at: http://www.mdstad.com/current-studies/baltimore-city-convention-center-expansion.
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YOUTH AND CIVIC CENTER STUDY RELEASED IN SALISBURY
For Immediate Release
January 16, 2012
Gary Mackes Gary McGuigan
Director of Wicomico Recreation, Parks & Tourism Project Executive
Wicomico Youth & Civic Center Maryland Stadium Authority
Wicomico County’s Department of Recreation, Parks and Tourism, who oversee operation of the Wicomico Youth and Civic Center, today released the market and economic analysis study prepared by the Maryland Stadium Authority to determine whether the facility should be renovated, expanded, or rebuilt to best serve county residents and visitors.
The study was completed by Crossroads Consulting Services. It evaluated the existing facility, its uses and potential. In addition to the findings, the report contains a number of recommendations for facility modifications.
The study determined the management of the Youth and Civic Center, as well as its multi purpose focus have served Wicomico County well. The facility remains competitive in the event market and its versatility has allowed it to attract room night generating events in recent years.
However, the aging of the building and its amenities are beginning to erode its market, which will worsen if steps are not taken to update it. The study contends “remaining status quo will result in a continual decline in both event activity and competitive position over the long term.”
Of the options studied, the most economically feasible with least financial risk was determined to be an upgrade of the existing facility. Expanding the existing space would maintain the existing market share while allowing it to grow, increase revenues, and enhance the overall impact to the local economy.
Some of the recommendations include:
- Replace seats and redesign the seating bowl to offer closer experience and better sight lines
- Add a mechanical curtain system that allows arena to be partitioned for smaller events
- Build a divisible ballroom, meeting rooms and exhibit space outside Normandy arena
- Reconfigure the overall layout to accommodate simultaneous events
- Improve traffic and parking to support activities at a larger facility
This approach is preferable to building a new facility, which would necessitate a far greater financial commitment. It also achieves the goals expressed by stakeholders to book more events and offer greater variety of attractions to the regional audience.
The study concludes it is in the County’s best interest to improve its ability to operate as the best multi purpose civic center possible and capitalize upon its existing market, excellent customer service reputation, affordability and growing sports visitor industry.
“The Maryland Stadium Authority is pleased to assist Wicomico County in evaluating the Youth and Civic Center and recommending options to improve the facility,” said Chairman John Morton III.
“The preliminary study provides decision makers with information which allows them to make an informed decision about the most productive and cost effective means to achieve their goals.”
With the completion of the study, the governing Civic Center Commission will process the study’s findings and present the County Executive with a recommendation to move forward with Phase II of the study. If accepted by the Executive, Phase II entails working with the Stadium Authority in developing architectural engineering drawings and estimates so costs can be estimated to carry out the steps outlined by Crossroads Consulting.
“We are extremely grateful for the Maryland Stadium Authority’s support in conducting this study,” said Wicomico County Executive Rick Pollitt. “The Wicomico Youth and Civic Center is one of this County’s many treasures. Not only does it improve our quality of life, but the events held there such as the poodle show and wrestling tournament result in a positive economic impact for our community.”
“The report prepared by Crossroads Consulting, LLC. confirms that modernizing and expanding the venue is a viable investment if we are to continue to grow,” the County Executive added.
Ed Urban, Chairman of the Civic Center Commission, gave his thoughts.
“The commission had a long term vision and plan for the future of the Civic Center,” he noted. “This report substantiates that vision, and we’re excited to now embark on the next chapter. It is imperative that we as citizens of Wicomico County continue the work begun here if we are to retain and grow business in a competitive marketplace.”
The complete study may be viewed online at: http://www.mdstad.com/completed-studies/wicomico-youth-and-civic-center
For Immediate Release
Contact: Maryland Stadium Authority, (410) 333-1560
BALTIMORE, MD (January 13) In preparation for the Ravens playoff game on Sunday, M&T Bank Stadium is flying for the first time the commemorative 15-star, 15-stripe American flag a replica of the Star-Spangled Banner that inspired Francis Scott Key to write the National Anthem following the all-night British bombardment of Fort McHenry in 1814.
"Maryland is the birthplace of the National Anthem," said Governor Martin OMalley. "As we launch the National Bicentennial of the War of 1812 in Maryland, we can be proud to see the flag flying for the world to see during the Ravens game on Sunday."
In compliance with the Governor's request for all State-owned facilities to fly the flag most associated with the National Anthem, the Maryland Stadium Authority earlier raised one over the Veterans Memorial in Camden Yards. The Ravens victory on New Years Day, which brought another home game to Baltimore, presented the opportunity for a national audience to see the Maryland tribute to the 1812 Bicentennial.
"Hosting the NFL playoff is an exciting opportunity for us in Baltimore," noted Stadium Authority Chairman John Morton III. "We hope our fans and those watching the game take note of our pride in the role this city played defending our nation at such a critical time. Our pride is part of the Baltimore spirit, which you still see today and which you will certainly feel in the stadium Sunday."
To learn more about the National Bicentennial in Maryland, visit www.starspangled200.com. To purchase a your own commemorative 15-star, 15-stripe American flag, visit F.W. Haxel Flag Co.'s web site: www.fwhaxel.com/.
Stadium Authority Releases Feasibility Study for Baltimore City Circuit Court Expansion, Restoration
For Immediate Release
May 11, 2011
Contact: Gary A. McGuigan, Maryland Stadium Authority, (410) 333-1560
Judge Marcella Holland, Baltimore City Circuit Court (410) 396-3836
The Maryland Stadium Authority released a comprehensive two-year study of the Baltimore City Circuit Court buildings, conducted at the request of the City of Baltimore.
This feasibility study evaluates options for improving service and safety at the two historic buildings which partly comprise the Circuit Court system. It assesses programmatic needs, engineering analysis, conceptual designs, operational recommendations, and costs.
The study, performed by internationally-recognized AECOM Design, provides a strategic plan for modernizing and expanding the downtown Circuit Court campus to consolidate branches of the judicial system, improve efficiency and security, and reduce operational expenses. The study notes that deferred maintenance and overcrowding are major challenges in improving operations.
Among the recommendations made in the study include the acquisition of property north of the 1932 Old Post Office Building to construct a third facility for Criminal Court functions.The Old Post Office Building would be renovated for Civil Court while the circa-1900 Mitchell Building would house Juvenile and Family Courts after restoration.
The study notes that creating this campus, with convenient access to public transportation, will be an asset to the fiber of downtown. Costs for the new courthouse and remodeling of the historic buildings are estimated between $570 and $602 million.
"Maryland Stadium Authority is pleased to assist the City of Baltimore and the Circuit Court in evaluating the current Circuit Courthouse conditions and offering solutions to the challenges," said Chairman John Morton III.
"This was a complex process, with many variables. However, our comprehensive review offers a number of options as well as a realistic assessment of costs."
Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings Blake expressed her thanks to the Stadium Authority for their "painstaking work in examining all the angles, compiling extensive information, and providing an assessment of what needs to be done."
"We appreciate having this comprehensive study and its recommendations guide us as we determine how to modernize these historic structures to best serve the people of Baltimore City," the Mayor noted.
Baltimore City Circuit Court Administrative Judge Marcella A. Holland, who coordinated the study on behalf of the Judiciary, stated "Expansion and modernization of the existing Circuit Courts is long overdue. In our society, the judicial process must be conducted in a safe, healthy, and dignified setting, and we are very grateful to the Stadium Authority and AECOM for giving us a road map to assist in reaching our goal of creating a prestigious and trend-setting justice complex in this City."
"Our next step will be to devise an implementation plan that will allow us to begin this long-term project in the most expedient and affordable manner," Judge Holland added.
A copy of the full study is posted on the Maryland Stadium Authority webpage. It may be accessed at: http://www.mdstad.com/completed-studies/baltimore-city-circuit-court-complex
As the Ravens prepare for the beginning of another successful NFL season, so does the Maryland Stadium Authority in operating their roost. And, like the Ravens, MSA is going for an NFL title of sorts.
According to Jeff Provenzano, Director of Football Operations, MSA partnered with the Environmental Protection Agency and the Stadium Managers Association in a program called NFL Bragging Rights. All participating teams will maintain a spreadsheet account of recyclables according to category (cardboard, glass, plastic, metals, etc.) and a winner will be determined by the stats they achieve.
Without relying on draft picks and off-season trades, the MSA team has been implementing policies and applying resources to make M&T Bank Stadium and its grounds the greenest facility in the league. And, like the team, MSA is a preseason favorite because of its ongoing commitment to excellence.
2009 was a banner year for recycling at M&T. The target was 100 tons total, averaging at least 8 tons a game. The season’s total of 111 tons exceeded the annual goal, even with the December blizzard reducing operations on the last game of the season which reduced the average to 7.5 tons per game.
Since 2006, when the program was revamped, the yearly totals have increased by 300%.
The ambitious goal for this year is 200 tons total, averaging 12 tons per regular season game. Beginning with the August 28th preseason outing against the Giants, the tailgate lots will be fitted for recycling -- with an anticipated 3-6 tons to be gathered there.
More than game day trash is recycled at M&T. Cooking grease, scrap steel (an average of 20 tons annually,) electronic equipment, batteries and light bulbs are all responsibly reused.
M&T Bank Stadium has been a “zero landfill facility” since 2007. What can’’t be recycled is carted to the nearby Resco plant and converted to steam energy.
Other environmental improvements have taken place in recent years. By changing operations, MSA has managed to reduce water usage by 40 - 47% from 2005. Annual water consumption has been reduced from 15 million gallons to 8-9 million.
Since 2005 MSA has reduced electricity usage by 2 million kWh. A major savings came with installation of new high definition video boards. The old boards required four 24-ton air conditioning units in each end zone to keep them operational. The new energy-efficient system does not need climate control, greatly reducing energy consumption on game day. All screen and electrical components of the old video boards were recycled.
On the north end of Camden Yards, Oriole Park has consistently increased recycled tonnage over the past three years. In 2008, one ton of refuse was recycled for every 25,000 fans. In 2009, those numbers increased to one ton for every 22,000 fans, with 68 total tons recycled.
In 2010, the amount took a dramatic leap to one ton per 16,000 fans, with nearly 100 tons projected for the season. In 2009, the list of acceptable recyclables was expanded to include cans, bottles, cups, plastic tubs for cotton candy, and clean paperboard trays. These all contribute to the increased tonnage. In 2010, Oriole Park is on pace to exceed last year’s recycling tonnage by 30%.
Recycling comes from three major sources –– materials collected after the game in the seating bowl, those generated from recycling containers located throughout the stadium concourse, and those generated by concessionaires.
In addition to the game day recycling, Oriole Park at Camden Yards recycles the following:
• Fluorescent lights
• Cardboard boxes from shipments
• White paper from offices
• Newspaper, books and magazines
• Auto batteries
“The Maryland Stadium Authority is committed to leading by example in implementing Governor O’Malley’s ambitious environmental goals,” said John Morton, III, Chairman. “We regard our stewardship as an opportunity to showcase these efforts and educate the millions who visit each year to share this commitment to recycling and resource conservation.”
For Immediate Release, December 22,2009Contact: Michael Frenz, (410) 333-1560 In addition to managing and maintaining some of the finest sports facilities in the country, the Maryland Stadium Authority is prepared to respond to any emergency, doing whatever necessary for fans to access the stadiums and enjoy the game. This commitment was demonstrated the weekend of December 18-20, when the stadium complex was ready for the Ravens home game after one of the most intense snowstorms in city history. “Preparation and ongoing communication were crucial to this successful effort,” said Executive Director Michael Frenz. “Starting Thursday, our Director of Football Operations, Jeff Provenzano, and Director of Security and Public Safety, Jim Slusser, met regularly with Roy Sommerhof, Ravens' vice president of stadium operations, to cover every contingency, from providing transportation to the stadium to clearing away tons of snow to maintaining safe pedestrian access.” Stadium Authority Buildings and Grounds personnel, as well as the HVAC and electrical shops, assisted in all operations. Once in place Friday, they stayed onsite until after the game Sunday, working with Day and Sons, the contractor responsible for pretreatment of paved surfaces and snow removal. All MSA lots were cleared before the scheduled opening time of 11:15 AM, Sunday. When plowing was completed, salt was applied to all of the lots and sidewalks to prevent slip and falls. Maryland Department of Corrections provided 128 inmates and officers who worked in the seating bowl from early Saturday until after the snow stopped late that night. They were replaced by 60 more inmates who shoveled until noon. MSA security personnel Walt Schmidbauer, Greg Cook and Walt Dacuycuy worked with the corrections officers and inmates. The Ravens provided gloves, socks, cold weather coats and a rest area for breaks. “Removing 18 to 22 inches of snow in a 72,000 capacity stadium during a blizzard is a significant challenge,” Jim Slusser said. “The Department of Corrections was not required to take this on, but with commitment to the community and team spirit, they put forth a great effort.” Aramark, the stadium caterer, provided 15,000 hot dogs and 400 dozen donuts --plus coffee, hot chocolate and chicken broth -- to the work force during their breaks. “I could not be more proud of this group,” said Jeff Provenzano. “They knew what was required to play football and maintain a safe perimeter, and they did it.” “This was a three day ordeal, much of it spent in the elements” Provenzano continued. “Their efforts resulted in success, on and off the field.” Stadium Authority officials regularly work with state and local transportation officials, and their joint efforts made public access to the complex possible. The Baltimore City Department of Transportation ensured that routes around the stadium were open. The Baltimore-Washington Parkway was maintained throughout the entire blizzard. Maryland Transportation Authority highway crews and staff kept Interstate 395, 695 and 95 open through the storm. Maryland Department of Transportation also deserves credit for plowing the runway at BWI that allowed the Chicago Bears to arrive safely. The following is a list of staff, contractors and partners who stepped up to help Maryland Stadium Authority and the Ravens provide a safe, successful Sunday afternoon at M&T Bank Stadium: Assistant Operations Manager Bart Shifler; Jimmy Bell, John Brooks, Mike Andryzcek, Chip Linsebigler, James Archer, Rick Pack, Gilbert Cooper and Davon Fink, who worked Friday through Sunday night. CHIMESStaffing SpecialistUNISOURCE CONTRACTINGNEXT DAY STAFFINGPOTTS AND CALLAHANCLASSIC LAWN AND LANDSCAPINGLMC LANDSCAPINGWhiting and TurnerDay and Son ContractingAramarkCentral ParkingSafe ManagementDepartment of CorrectionsBaltimore office of Emergency Management Oriole Park facilities staff who volunteered for the team: Alonzo AndrewsVola LintonMary BuckinghamJohn MckinneyBill SchierHugh McClurkin Matt Kastel Audio visual professionals Vince Steier and Al Ringham spent Saturday night at the stadium to make sure the systems were all operational. In all, about 1,750 people , many of whom slept on the floors of the club level, made this remarkable feat possible. “Just like the action on the field, these operations require teamwork,” Stadium Authority Chairman John Morton concluded. “This weekend, millions of spectators and viewers witnessed the professionalism and resourcefulness of Stadium Authority employees and their teammates. They made it possible for fans and players at M&T Bank Stadium to have a safe and enjoyable experience.”
For Immediate Release
Contact: Michael Frenz, Maryland Stadium Authority (410) 333-1560
Terry Hasseltine, Director of Sports Marketing (410) 767-3373
The National Collegiate Athletic Association announced February 6, 2009 that the Lacrosse National Championships, a three day event held over Memorial Day Weekend, will return to M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore for 2010 and 2011.
“We are elated the NCAA Lacrosse National Championships will be returning to Maryland,” said Governor Martin O’Malley of the announcement. “Our state is recognized nationally as the cradle of lacrosse with its storied history, perennial powerhouse teams and loyal fan base. Attendance in Baltimore set records each of three years this event was held here previously. The proximity of M&T Bank Stadium to downtown and the Inner Harbor will provide an enjoyable experience for the tens of thousands who come here over Memorial Day weekend in 2010 and 2011.”
The Baltimore bid was submitted by the Baltimore Ravens, with a consortium of four local NCAA members -- Johns Hopkins, Towson, Loyola and UMBC – as host schools. The City of Baltimore, Maryland Stadium Authority and Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development also partnered with the Ravens for services and support necessary for staging the event. The newly created Office of Sports Marketing, and its director, Terry Hasseltine, played a major part in coordinating the successful effort.
“This is the first example of the synergy we’ve created with the Office of Sports Marketing,” commented John Morton, Chairman of the Maryland Stadium Authority. “When MSA partnered with Department of Business and Economic Development on this initiative, it was to coordinate the resources and facilities necessary to attract major sports events and the revenue they generate to Maryland.”
“MSA’s and the Office of Sports Marketing’s efforts in the NCAA bid proves that when we support our partners, we win.” Morton added. ““Maryland is here to play.”
Director of Sports marketing Terry Hasseltine echoed his confidence in the success of the new initiative. “The State of Maryland is proud to have worked with our partners in Baltimore City and the Ravens organization to aggressively go after these premier sporting events and bring the NCAA Men’s Lacrosse National Championships back to Maryland,” Hasseltine said. “Winning this bid has given our new statewide Sports Marketing Initiative a significant boost, and we look forward to once again working with event organizers and making the 2010 and 2011 NCAA Championships a success.”
Since hosting the first tournaments held in an NFL stadium in 2003-2004, Baltimore has been the site one additional time, in 2007. Other events were held in Philadelphia, 2005-2006, and most recently in Foxboro, where it will also occur in 2009.
Bidding for this popular series, which includes the championships for Division I, II, and III Men’s Lacrosse, has been spirited. In addition to Baltimore, the finalists included the Meadowlands in New Jersey and Foxboro Massachusetts.
Baltimore enjoys a number of advantages in attracting the NCAA tournament. Maryland is a lacrosse epicenter, where it is recognized as the state team sport. Baltimore houses the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame and US Lacrosse, the sport’s governing body. Lacrosse is popular in collegiate, prep, and rec leagues throughout the state and enjoys an enthusiastic fan base. Maryland schools are also consistent contenders in all NCAA divisions.
The location of the stadium is also a favorable factor, with access to interstate highways a light rail system that connects the airport and Amtrak stations. Numerous hotels and restaurants are nearby and along the airport corridor.
The weekend event is very family and youth oriented. Because the stadium complex is within walking distance of the Inner Harbor and downtown Baltimore, museums and other attractions offer a multitude of activities for visitors between games.
Baltimore enjoys an extensive sports network which provides volunteers and ticket sales support through local lacrosse leagues, city boosters, and corporate sponsors. These are all crucial to making the event a success.
“Being awarded the bid to host the NCAA Lacrosse championships represents a source of civic pride and an opportunity to showcase our city, region, and state,” observed Donald Fry, chairman of the Camden Yards Sports and Entertainment Commission.
“It is critically important that the business and civic community demonstrate its commitment to attracting major sporting attractions through the purchase of tickets and sponsorships. The Camden Yards Sports & Entertainment Commission will work with our partners to achieve attendance and sponsorship levels that meet or exceed expectations and result in a first class NCAA championship weekend.”
Since the practice of holding the championship series in non-collegiate facilities began in 2003, Baltimore has set attendance records each time it hosted.
December 9, 2008
Contact: David Raith, Maryland Stadium Authority
Mike Noah, Town of Ocean City
The Maryland Stadium Authority and the Town of Ocean City released a feasibility study for a proposed expansion of the Ocean City Convention Center at a work session of the City Council on December 9, 2008. The study, prepared by Crossroads Consulting Services and HOK Venue, evaluated the proposed expansion with a market analysis, provided cost estimates for several building options, and made recommendations for a short range plan to address the facility’s most pressing needs.
The study also considered the market for an auditorium or performing arts facility at the convention center complex.
“The Maryland Stadium Authority is again happy to work with the Town of Ocean City on their Convention Center plans, “ MSA Chairman John Morton stated. “This feasibility study provides a development strategy for long range expansion options, and also recommends capital improvements for more immediate enhancements.”
The study confirmed that the original expansion of the convention center in 1997 fulfilled its mission to extend the resort town’s season by attracting year round visitors while serving the local community. Of the estimated 110 events held annually in the facility, 35 - 40 are conventions and trade shows, comprising the largest portion of attendance.
Based on many factors, the study recommends a moderate expansion and remodeling to the convention center to modernize audio-visual and technical amenities, provide more function space to accommodate multiple events, increase prime exhibit space now limited by obstructions in Exhibit Hall C, and building a parking garage to replace lost surface space.
Distance from the airport, lack of an onsite hotel, and the number of regional residents participating in events are all factors generating more drive-in attendees. Parking at the existing facility is currently a challenge, and should be addressed in any expansion.
While the convention center attracts events that draw from outside Maryland, its current size is cited as a significant constraint by many other meeting planners and event organizers. The existing facility does not compare favorably with other comparable facilities in available exhibit space, and the study suggests that if improvements do not take place, its utilization will be limited to state and local activities.
A survey of this market determined that more than 80% would consider hosting their events at an expanded, modernized convention center. Survey respondents indicated that these attendees would be likely to extend their stay in Ocean City for one to three days beyond the length of the event, creating greater economic impact for the hospitality industry.
Based on their research, the consultants recommend that an increase of approximately 50,000 square feet of exhibit space would make the facility more attractive to convention, trade show, meeting and sporting events. A new garage with 1,000 - 1,500 spaces would be needed due to the loss of surface parking.
The site analysis and cost estimate evaluated four potential expansion options which, if implemented, could increase the use of the facility to 177 - 195 events per year.. Direct spending generated by an expanded convention center is estimated to range from $164.4 - $187.8 million in 2011 dollars. Total spending is estimated at $230.2 - $252.8 million annually in 2011 dollars, creating an additional 880-1320 total full-time equivalent jobs.
Tax revenues are estimated to increase by approximately $4 - $6 million annually.
The expansion is estimated to cost $60 - $75 million. In summarizing their development strategy, the consultants acknowledge that this expansion, although viable from a market perspective, may not be achievable at this time given current economic conditions. Therefore, after discussions with convention center management, they delivered some short term recommendations to enhance utilization and minimize expenses prior to implementing expansion plans. These include:
• continuing to provide the highest standards of customer service for the existing market
• improving energy efficiency to limit rising costs of energy consumption
• modifying Hall C and the western outdoor deck
• upgrading technical amenities, such as wireless access
• developing an on-site parking garage to meet the need of current users, and generate revenue.
As part of the study, Crossroads and HOK Venue were asked by the Town of Ocean City to analyze the feasibility of a performing arts center, seating between 1,000 and 2,000, either attached to or separate from the existing facility.
Based on the market analysis, they determined that a multi-purpose auditorium with seating capacity of 1,000 - 1,300 would be more complementary to the convention center than a dedicated performing arts center. It would also be more appropriate for the kind of event related activities associated with convention center uses. The versatility of such a facility would give Ocean City a competitive edge over similar destinations.
"This study will serve as the blueprint for Ocean City as we plan for the continued future success of the Roland E. Powell Convention Center,” said City Engineer Terence McGean. “The cooperation and assistance from the Maryland Stadium Authority was instrumental in guiding us through the study process."
Ocean City Tourism and Community Relations Director Mike Noah added his thoughts on the study findings and the decisions facing city officials.
"If the recommendation is not to fully expand at this time, we need to update the facility to continue to make it competitive," Noah said.
November 7, 2008
John Morton III, a prominent national business and financial services director, has been selected by Governor Martin O’Malley to chair the Maryland Stadium Authority Board of Directors. Mr. Morton, a member of the board since July, 2008, succeeds Frederick W. Puddester, who has been chairman since July, 2007. Mr. Puddester, who will remain on the Stadium Authority’s seven person board, resigned as Chairman in a letter to Governor O’Malley dated November 4th.
In his eighteen months as Chairman, Mr. Puddester, a one-time state budget director who is currently Senior Associate Dean for Finance and Administration of the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences at Johns Hopkins University, initiated a number of improvements to the facilities managed by the agency, including a new state of the art audio visual system for Oriole Park and a five year capital plan for further upgrades of the Camden Yards complex. During his tenure, he also implemented a number of policy and management changes, such as the adoption of the “living wage” standard for day workers employed at the complex, and the development of a statewide sports marking initiative in conjunction with the Department of Business and Economic Development.
In his letter to the Governor, Mr. Puddester indicated his appreciation for the “phenomenal group” of MSA board members, as well as his commitment to continuing his service on the volunteer commission.
In selecting John Morton, III to succeed him, Governor O’Malley turned to a longtime activist with an extensive background in financial management. A graduate of the United States Naval Academy and a director of the USNA Athletic and Scholarship Programs, Mr. Morton has been CEO and President of three major financial institutions, is currently a board member on four corporations, and a leader in business, professional, educational and civic organizations.
From 1996 to 2006, Mr. Morton served in various capacities with the Bank of America/NationsBank, including his role as President of the Mid-Atlantic Region from 1997 to 2001, and as President of Premier Bank from 2001 to 2005.
Prior to his service with Bank of America, Mr. Morton was Chairman, CEO and President of the Boatmen's National Bank of St. Louis, Missouri, the Farm and Home Financial Corporation of Kansas City, Missouri and with the Perpetual Financial Corporation of McLean, Virginia.
Mr. Morton also has served as Chairman of the Greater Baltimore Committee, as Director of the University of Maryland College Park Foundation, and as Committee Chairman of the effort to bring the 2012 Olympics to the Washington/Baltimore region.
Now retired and living in Annapolis, Mr. Morton looks forward to playing an active role as chairman of the agency in the management of the facilities and development of future projects.
“I deeply appreciate the opportunity Governor O’Malley is giving me to serve the citizens of Maryland at the Stadium Authority,” Mr. Morton said upon his appointment. “I am honored to follow Fred Puddester, who set a high bar as Chairman.”
In outlining his vision for the agency’s future, Mr. Morton cited his commitment to maintain the high standards of the internationally recognized “crown jewels” – the Camden Yards sports complex. He also intends to continue the agency’s practice of assisting local governments throughout the state evaluate potential projects, and to increase the use of existing facilities for events and activities enjoyed by all Marylanders.
“Nothing brings people together with a sense of pride and community like sports events,” he noted. “I want to continue to support the teams and events we already enjoy here, and explore additional ways for our citizens to experience the wonderful facilities in our region and our state.”
In making the announcements, Governor O’Malley said “I want to thank Fred Puddester for serving as Chair of the Maryland Stadium Authority Board.”
“Fred did a great job on behalf of the people of Maryland, “ he continued. “Fred worked to resolve some long-standing issues at MSA, including providing a living wage to the day workers at Maryland stadiums and working with the Baltimore Orioles to deliver a new state of the art scoreboard and information system at Camden Yards in time for the 2007 season.”
On the recommendation of both Chairman Puddester and incoming Chairman Morton, Governor O’Malley also announced the appointment of a new Executive Director.
Michael J. Frenz, Chief Operating Officer of the federally owned insurer Ginnie Mae. Mr. Frenz, a graduate of Yale University with an MBA from Syracuse University, and is the holder of a CFA charter. Responsible for the first strategic plan in the history of Ginnie Mae, Mr. Frenz has held senior positions with the government insurer since 2002. Prior to joining the agency in Washington, he held a community housing position at the Department of Housing and Urban Development in Salt Lake City, where he worked on media housing for the 2002 Winter Olympics, and redeveloping a Brownsfield site at the city’s gateway into $300 million mixed use development. Before joining HUD, Mr. Frenz worked for a real estate developer and as a portfolio manager in his hometown of Syracuse, New York.
“I am very pleased to have been chosen to work with the MSA board and its dedicated employees,” Mr. Frenz stated. “I look forward to serving the citizens of Maryland in safeguarding and maximizing the value of the state’s athletic and entertainment facilities.”
Regarding the new appointments, Governor O’Malley said “I look forward to continuing to work with Fred on the Board, and incoming Chair, John Morton. Mr. Morton has an extensive background in financial management and will continue to move the Stadium Authority forward.”
“I also want to welcome incoming Executive Director Michael Frenz to the Maryland Stadium Authority,” the Governor added.
In a related development, Baltimore Mayor Sheila Dixon appointed her Chief of Staff, Demaune Millard, as the City’s representative on the Maryland Stadium Authority Board.
Mr. Millard will fill the unexpired term of Thomas Corey, who recently left the city government to return to the private sector.
September 23, 2008
Contact: Gary McGuigan, Project Executive
Maryland Stadium Authority
Contact: John Erzen
Prince George’s County Press Information Officer
(301) 952-2657 or (240) 508-4491
The Maryland Stadium Authority has released the market and economic study to determine the benefits of locating a soccer stadium for DC United in Prince George’s County.
The study was commissioned at the request of Prince George’s County after the team approached them about the possibility of relocating there. DC United has used RFK Stadium, constructed in 1961 to accommodate professional baseball and football, since its inception in 1996. DC United, at the urging of Major League Soccer, is determined to develop a new soccer-specific stadium consistent with standards established by other teams in the league. The $75,000 study, conducted by Crossroads Consulting Services, was authorized by the Maryland General Assembly to determine the extent that Prince George’s County and the State of Maryland would benefit from locating the team there. The study is not site-specific.
The study determined that soccer is an evolving sport, boosted in recent years by television contracts, major sponsorships, and investment in soccer-specific stadiums around the country that have hosted international events. Factors cited for the success of a soccer-specific facility in Prince George’s county include the existing loyal fan base, the ethnic diversity and other demographic characteristics present in successful franchise bases, and access via mass transit and highways. These are some of the same factors that make Prince George’s County attractive for other uses of the facility, such as concerts and festivals.
A possible concern expressed after an analysis of other facilities is that a new stadium could compete against existing Maryland venues for events, sponsors, and suite leases.
Other attractions in the area, such as Six Flags and the new National Harbor, plus proximity to airports and hotel availability, would make a stadium in Prince George’s County a contender for hosting national and international tournaments. The size and layout of such a stadium would also be compatible for lacrosse, which enjoys great popularity in the Mid-Atlantic region.
Maryland Stadium Authority Chairman Frederick W. Puddester elevated Donald C. Fry, longtime commission member and President and CEO of the Greater Baltimore Committee, as the new chairman of the Camden Yards Sports and Entertainment Commission. Fry will replace Paul A. Tiburzi, who recently stepped down.
In accepting Tiburzi’s resignation, Puddester expressed his thanks and noted "Paul's enthusiasm for sports is legendary, and his efforts to promote Baltimore and Camden Yards unparalleled. I have benefitted greatly from his advice over the past year, and the success of events at the complex over the last year is due in large measure to his efforts."
In appointing Fry as his successor, Puddester cited his tireless support of the Baltimore region, great love of sports, and belief in sporting events and activities as an economic catalyst.
"Don has been supportive of Camden Yards since his days in the legislature," noted Puddester, the one time Maryland budget director. "He understands the economic impact of world class events held at our stadium complex."
Puddester also addressed the ongoing role of the commission in his letter to members, notifying them of Fry’s appointment.
"The work of the Commission continues," he wrote. "We have Navy-Norte Dame and the Baltimore Marathon this fall, and lacrosse tournaments and Dew Tour next spring. We need continued support to help promote these, and hopefully other, events at Camden Yards."
The Camden Yards Sports and Entertainment commission consists of State and City economic development officials, members of the hospitality, media, and corporate sectors, and representatives of the Orioles, Ravens and Stadium Authority.
Their mission is to promote community, media, and corporate support for activities at the Complex through ticket sales and event sponsorships.
"I am honored to have been asked to chair the Camden Yards Sports and Entertainment Commission, " Fry said in accepting the chairmanship. "Considerable strides have been made to promote the Camden Yards facilities under the leadership of Fred Puddester and Paul Tiburzi."
"I look forward to working with the Commission to bring world class sports and entertainment activities to Baltimore and to realize the true potential of Camden Yards and the economic impact that it can generate for the citizens of the city, region and state."