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November 3, 2010

With slots approved, Rams Head Group discusses plans for Arundel venue

PX00073_9.JPGOn Tuesday night, Anne Arundel County voters approved plans by the Cordish Cos. to build a new slots parlor at Arundel Mills Mall that will also include an entertainment complex featuring a new Rams Head musical venue.

Today, Erin McNaboe, vice president of Rams Head Group, commented on their plans for the new, still unnamed venue, and how it will fit into the Rams Head franchise.

When Cordish Cos. revealed plans for an entertainment complex in October, it said "Rams Head would operate a 300-seat live music venue, featuring jazz, blues and classic rock acts."

McNaboe said that's still the case. The new venue won't be very different from Rams Head on Stage in Annapolis, and will feature artists spanning the musical spectrum.

"It's going to be a seated facility where one night you might have country and the next night jazz," she said.

She said it's still not clear how entertainment will be split between all the different Rams Head venues, which also includes Rams Head Live in Baltimore's Power Plant Live. 

"Hopefully, they'll mutually work together," she said. "A lot of times we get contacted by artists who want to play Annapolis and it's already booked. This is an opportunity to bring more artists."

McNaboe said the venue still doesn't have a name, or definite completion date.

"A lot of those things are coming out in the next few days," she said, adding, "Cordish is committed to fast-tracking the whole project."

At Cordish Cos.'s election night party at Dave & Buster's, developer David Cordish said he would move forward with the project immediately and planned to complete it in the spring or summer of 2012.

Tickets at the new Rams Head will be similar to On Stage in Annapolis, ranging from $10 to $100 depending on the performer, McNaboe said.

Question A, which asked voters if a zoning ordinance allowing Cordish to build slots should stand, was bitterly fought, with proponents and opponents spending a cumulative $6 million campaigning. But voters were ultimately swayed by the developer, who won 56 percent of the vote versus the anti-slots group's 44 percent.

Below, a rendering of Maryland Live! Casino:


 Photo: David Cordish at the company's election night party (Gene Sweeney Jr./Baltimore Sun)

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Posted by Erik Maza at 11:34 AM | | Comments (35)
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Thank god this is over. If I heard one more "slots at the mall" commercial I was really going to lose it.

I totally agree that the commercials were relentless. This sounds pretty cool. I'm always interested in the acts playing at Rams Head On Stage, but it's too far for me to drive in most cases. Arundel Mills is a perfect distance.

Oh yeah, that picture looks just like Ram's head tavern in Annapolis.

What I love about that picture is the subtle "look how easy parking will be" element.

I don't know much about the future plans for parking, but as is, Arundel Mills drives me nuts. The parking situation is out of control on Friday/Saturday nights. They need a garage, stat.

I think you have to imagine that the old Rams Head in Annapolis prolly won't survive as a result. With both venues essentially booking the same performers, it hard to imagine both venues prospering. Couple that with parking issues in Annapolis and the initial draw that the Arundel Mills facility will have.


Instead of at the race track, they do the mall?? This is a disaster in the makeing!! Parking is already a mess on Fri. Sat. Sun. then you have the Holliday time shoping!! That entrance to the mall as you get off Rt. 100 is a Freaking Mess at Hollidays too!! Then you have "Dave & Busters" that brings all the TROUBLE from the city and outside areas, that requires extra police at the mall already!! Glad I dont live in AA Co. where my tax dollars pay for all the police to stay at the mall.. Slots at a mall and not at a track???? Only in Maryland do we make mistakes!!

I just hope when they build it, they leave plenty of room for expansion when table games get passed.

Maryland Live! brings a state-of-the-art parking structure at Arundel Mills, complete with a "smart park" system with the green and red lights you have seen at BWI Airport. The structure will mean a net gain of more than 5,000 parking spaces, all available free of charge during all mall hours for Arundel Mills shoppers.,0,4612577.story?track=rss-topicgallery

Dave and Busters brings trouble?

THAT Dave and Buster's does. The mall in general has some skethcy clientele, which has led to a good bit of crime (particularly armed robberies). I doubt adding gambling to the mix is going to help.

I love how the artist/architects rending shows parking, something I've NEVER found at Arundel Mills

"...seated facility..."

That's the problem with the current Ram's Head On Stage. They bring in dance bands like Buckwheat Zydeco and Eddie From Ohio and then make you SIT DOWN for the entire performance. Lame. It's fine for some [for example] jazz acts that aren't really toe-tappers, but I wish they would quit booking the groove if they won't provide somewhere to dance it out.

What about the ticketing ripoff at Rams Head...
1.) sur charg
2.) processing fee
3.) excise tax
Ticket prices are significately higher than advertised (over 20% more)...Why are they not forced to advertise the NET PRICE after the above charges.

Actually Dave it will. Security will have to be increased or no one will waste thei..i mean gamble their money. I think Crime will actually decrease at the mall because of this.

Larry reminded me of the backups onto RT 100 West from the Arundel Mills Blvd exit during November & December.
That is quite the highway hazard.

Even tho I live one exit away from A Mills, I rarely go there, except for Costco. It is frankly just too much trouble to navigate and park and the stores in the mall are nothing special. Columbia and Annapolis are WAY better, retail-wise.

I have no interest in the gaming, and ideally, I'd rather not have it for the traffic congestion issue, but I *would* be interested in a nice Rams Head music venue so near my home.

There's also the proposed Fillmore in Silver Spring - they'd also be in the area and competing for the same musical acts.

Larry reminded me of the backups onto RT 100 West from the Arundel Mills Blvd exit during November & December.
That is quite the highway hazard.

Even tho I live one exit away from A Mills, I rarely go there, except for Costco. It is frankly just too much trouble to navigate and park and the stores in the mall are nothing special. Columbia and Annapolis are WAY better, retail-wise.

I have no interest in the gaming, and ideally, I'd rather not have it for the traffic congestion issue, but I *would* be interested in a nice Rams Head music venue so near my home.

A cool adult sports bar without all of the arcade games would work really well there. One with a lot of televisions and all the sports packages with good food and a nice selection of beers. Maybe a shuffleboard table to keep everybody entertained.

No one realizes how bad the traffic and congestion will be near the mall. Those of us that live in the neighborhood will really suffer and have to go elsewhere to get peace. I also believe the small businesses in the area will suffer. Nobody cared about the "little people". It would also be nice if the developer actually cared about the people in the community he was impacting. Just a thought.

I suspect that the future Parking & traffic issues are all a in peoples imagination. in all of the locations I have ever been traffic from a single Casino location is never really bad. I suspect that it will actually have little effect except for when the music venue lets out. As long as they increase parking which they are scheduled to do then I suspect that traffic from the casino will be minimal because Gamblers do not start or finish at the same time so the enter and leave at different times. The Mall itself has seen significant sales drops due to the economy and the age/types of people who hang out there without buying very much. The Casino will definitely help generate more income for the mall and possibly bring in better stores like Macy's

let's not pretend "sketchy clientele" isn't code for "black people."

Jason z --

A place like you describe is already at Arundel Mills--
The Greene Turtle!

Thats racess!

You beat me to it jar-jar binks!

The state should have REQUIRED all slots, gaming, whatever AT THE TRACKS! That was allegedly the whole point of allowing slots in the first place - to save horse racing in Maryland.

I'm the one who said "sketchy clientele" and it referred to criminals, not black people. I live in AA county and I read the paper and have read about a dozen muggings reported in the last year or so. I have no idea what race the muggers or the muggees were. But if you can be robbed at a mall, I consider that sketchy.

@Calicogal- thanks, I totally forgot about the Greene Turtle. I don't go to Arundel Mills because of the criminals. I don't want to get mugged or my car broken into. Good luck Cordish.

The parking, traffic, crime, and any other problem anyone is worried about will probably be addressed and solved as this casino will be generating millions of dollars for the state and county. Of course, the politicians want to keep everyone as happy as they can so it doesn't stop people from coming to the casino. Anything in A.A.Co. that generates massive income will get four star treatment and any necessary improvements.

I'm glad that I moved from this area recently. I don't see anything positive about adding the casino to the neighborhood for those of us who actually live nearby.

Public records show that, up to the last two weeks, No Slots At the Mall spent 7 million dollars and Jobs & Revenue for Anne Arundel County only spent 2.5 million.

The weblog's numbers on the matter should be adjusted.

Remind me again why those idiots at Magna didn't just make the deposit.

I am very happy that, as of 4:08p Friday, the photo from Wham City has replaced David Cordish gripping a lectern.

Ahahha, nice catch SL, that mad emy day!

NT, you just answered your own question. The people at Magna are just that-idiots.

Due to being so inept at managing all the race courses Magna Entertainment's parent company MI Developments saw a 91.1% drop in net income

They had a debt a $1 billion

So glad Question A passed. I didn't want this company anywhere near slots in Maryland

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Erik Maza is a features reporter at the Baltimore Sun. He writes for several sections of the Sun paper and contributes weekly columns on music and nightlife. He also writes and edits the Midnight Sun blog. He often covers entertainment, business, and the business of entertainment. Occasionally, he writes about Four Loko, The Block, the liquor board, and those who practice "simulated sex with a potted palm tree." Before The Sun, he was a reporter at the Miami New Times. He's also written for Miami magazine, the Orlando Sentinel, the Sarasota Herald Tribune and the Gainesville Sun. Got tips? Gripes? Pitches? He's reachable at Click here to keep up with the dumb music he's listening to.

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