The Ravens had 98 full-time front office employees (everybody except players) in 2004. Now they have 175 full-time employees and 255 employees when adding in part-timers and interns. League roster sizes and the Ravens’ coaching staff have also grown, both in training camp and during the season.
“This building was not built with the intention of having a training camp here,” Eller said. “So when you have all of the players here, all the coaches and all the staff, plus interns, there’s just not enough space.”
The building’s first floor footprint will go from 9,095 square feet to 23,000 square feet, plus a second floor will be added on the north wing. That will free up more space for the business side while also providing more room to enhance the football team’s facilities.
In terms of upgrades for the team, the auditorium will move into the north wing, and will be expanded. There will be about 50 seats added (152 total) and a new, larger video board.
Now they’re going to spend $45 million in upgrades and expansions to make it even better.
The team’s dining room will also expand, adding more tables and a new open concept that will feature a nutritional station for the players called the Gatorade Fuel Bar. There will be more natural light.
The locker room will grow, adding about 20 additional permanent lockers. The Ravens have been forced to bring in several temporary lockers over the past several years, and had a strip of temporary metal lockers in the middle of the locker room during training camp.
Phase 1: Dining room, completed by 2017 NFL Draft
“We’re right at the top [of the NFL] already,” said Sr. Vice President of Operations Bob Eller, who toured other team facilities when planning the project. “When we’re done with this, it’s going to be world class.”
The Ravens have been holding training camp at their team facility since the 2011 lockout year, moving from McDaniel College in Westminster. It was determined that the Under Armour Performance Center is better suited to accommodate the team.
Inside, however, there will be a more contemporary steel and brick design in the north wing that has some of the same elements as the updated look at M&T Bank Stadium.
Phase 3: South Wing, completed by the start of the 2018 season
Overall, the building will maintain much of the same outer appearance. Commonly referred to as “The Castle,” the main entrance will not change and the stone and brick exterior will continue in the expanded north wing.
The locker room will also absorb the player lounge. That frees up space to add a sunny corridor to the front of the building which staff, media and other visitors will use to walk to the south wing without disturbing football meetings.
With the team’s 2016 season finished, the Ravens have immediately launched a massive construction project that is slated to be completed by the start of the team’s 2018 season. It’s an 18-month project.
The team meeting rooms will also be enlarged. Previously, the team had a tough time squeezing into offensive and defensive meetings, specifically, and the meeting rooms were out of date.
The biggest change will be expanding the north wing of the current facility, which has housed much of the business side (marketing, public relations, community relations, digital media and broadcasting).
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Phase 2: North Wing, completed by the end of the 2017 season
The Ravens’ current 200,000 square-foot facility, sitting on 32 acres of land in Owings Mills, was completed in October 2004. The team, both on the football and business side, have outgrown it in the 12 years since.
Part of the project includes purchasing more land surrounding the team facility, which will be used for parking on the property. The team will be able to provide parking for 1,200 fans. While the construction project will prevent fans from viewing training camp in 2017, the team will invite fans back to training camp in 2018 after exterior construction is finished.
Below is the timeline for the project, which is a collaboration between Gaudreau, HDC, Inc., The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company and design consultant Kristin Powers.
The Ravens already had one of the best training facilities in the NFL.
UNDER ARMOUR PERFORMANCE CENTER EXPANSION
The team especially has a tough time housing everybody during training camp, when there are many more people in the building, as well as hundreds of fans at the practice fields.