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Home to the Baltimore Blast MISL soccer team, Royal Farms Arena (formerly the Baltimore Arena, 1st Mariner Arena and Baltimore Civic Center) is the city's largest indoor sports and entertainment facility. It is host to more than 100,000 visitors every year who come not just for the soccer team but for events ranging from family shows like Sesame Street Live, Barney, and Barnum & Bailey Circus. Sporting attractions include circuit boxing, gymnastics and tennis events. Conventions, graduations, and performances by U2 and Elton John have also been presented here.
The Hippodrome Theatre is the centerpiece of the France-Merrick Performing Arts Center, holding all of the center's shows. Located just three blocks away from the University of Maryland, this performing arts theater is a true gem of the city. This Vaudeville theater was built in 1914 and designed by Thomas White Lamb, one of the most prominent theater architects of his time. Over the years the theater went through various transformations, from a movie theater to a performing arts venue that it is today.
Since 1982, Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, an anchor of Baltimore's midtown cultural district, has hosted symphony orchestras and classical virtuosos from around the world, as well as an eclectic roster of popular entertainers. This is perhaps the best place to hear music in Baltimore. The acoustics are absolutely amazing. The most delicate pianissimos are clearly audible and the fortissimos positively thunder. The hall's interior is gorgeous: there are no sharp corners and every surface is curved.
Built as The Music Hall in 1894, it was designed after Amsterdam's Concertgebouw and was the base of the Baltimore Opera Company till its bankruptcy. For a brief time it was also known as the Lyric Opera House, but was rechristened as the Modell Performing Arts Center. The turf of the Lyric Opera Baltimore, this acoustically sound hall is one of the major venues for not only operas, but also concerts and other musical programs.