City officials and business people have been discussing how to replace the aging, cramped Royal Farms Arena for at least 20 years with little progress. Proposals have been made for the current site, a few blocks away at the convention center and Canton.
A few years ago, developers David Cordish and the Paterakis family suggested a gleaming new arena on Piers 5 and 6 on the Inner Harbor. This week, the developers behind Port Covington said a few operators have approached them about building one in their South Baltimore project.
Through it all, the old arena continues to host sporting events, concerts, rallies and other events. Here's a look at the various iterations of the arena, and the proposals for it, through the years.