Nothing could be further from the truth, as various parts of the complex are in use every day of the year. One of the purposes of this blog is to show the many activities which occur in our sports and entertainment facilities, and how they serve the greater community (while also contributing to our bottom line.)
Leasing our facilities is a big part of this effort, and the lots are major producers -- but not just for parking.
Similar road courses have been devised for test driving specific auto brands as well. Mercedes was here last year, allowing potential clients to road test their newest models.
This particular exercise was a time trial for motorcycles, which required a tighter course.
Another part of our partnership with the City of Baltimore allows the lots to be used during snow emergencies. Usually that means the City plows the lots in exchange for allowing nearby residents to park here rather than streets in front of their homes.
(As you can see, the lots were also a dumping area for the mountains of snow that the vehicles removed from other parts of town.)
While Lots G and H have the most open surface, they are not the only ones used for other purposes.
As you can see from the discarded gas guzzlers, the program was a big success, which prompted a repeat the following year.
But sometimes the exhibits drop in themselves, as did this Army helicopter bound for a military recruitment event at the Convention Center. Since it had to be disassembled to fit, Lot C was a good place to strip it down.
After the show, it was towed back, sans rotors, and reassembled in the same place before reporting to duty.
So while our acres of asphalt may not seem like a facility or venue, they are significant in the success of Camden Yards and many activities taking place in downtown Baltimore.