The most common seating layout at M&T Bank Stadium for concerts is an end-stage setup with the stage located near sections Section 105, Section 106 and Section 107. For many concerts there are also slight variations to the layout, which may include General Admission seats, fan pits and B-stages.
On the Field: Sections Field A1, Field A2, Field A3 and Field A4 are Field Seats, which offer some of the closest views of the performers. For many concerts, field sections are added or removed. These performer-specific adjustments may alter the field layout and the views from each field section.
To the Side of the Stage: For close views of the stage with a little bit of elevation, consider seats to the side of the stage in Section 100, Section 101, Section 102 and Section 103. The view is not head-on like on the field, but many of the seats are closer to the stage, provide better elevation and are actual stadium seats.
Head-on to the Stage: Seats directly across from the stage, like those in Section 138, Section 139, Section 140 and Section 141 provide the most comfortable looks of the performance. Even upper level sections offer unobstructed sitelines. Just keep in mind that you won't be able to see as much detail from these seats as you would if you sat closer to the stage.
Consider the Following When Buying Concert Tickets
Seats behind the stage are occassionally sold: Unless your main objective is to just get in the building, you'll want to completely avoid anything behind the stage - like those in/near or above sections Section 105, Section 106, Section 107 and Section 108. It's unlikely the performer will turn around to salute you - and you're more likely to be completely blocked out from seeing the show.
If you're on the shorter side (or bringing kids), consider field seats only in the first few rows: The most common complaint amongst field ticketholders is that they can't see the stage because of taller people in front of them. As an alternative, consider side sections near the stage that will still have you close and high enough to see.
Lower level side sections are not created equal: While the side sections closest to the stage are top-notch, side sections farther from the stage may leave you with a cramp in your neck. Sections 148 and 132 are not well-angled towards the stage - leaving you to turn your head for an ideal view. Instead, consider head-on sections in the lower level or even close side seats in the upper level like Sections 203 and 223.
Less than 10% of seats at M&T Bank Stadium offer some type of shade or cover. Below is a sample of seats that are at least partially covered or shaded at different times of the day. To search for tickets or to find out if your seats are protected from the sun or rain, follow the link for the seat finder.
With a unique angled view near the goal line, lower corner seats offer some of the closest views of scoring plays at the near endzone. Fans wanting to be as close to the action as possible should avoid sections 106, 108, 118, 120, 133, 135, 145, and 147 as these are the only Lower Concourse sections that do not extend all the way to the field.
There are up to 42 numbered rows in each section with row 1 always located closest to the field. These sections may not have the view of seats from the 50-yard line, but they are still as close to the action as possible and have a nice angled view of the playing field. Sitting near Row 30 provides good elevation without being too many stairs away from the section entrance.
The highest rows in each of these sections are under an overhang, which leads to the ability to stay dry in precipitation and shade when the sun is out.
Lower Concourse Endzone (Football) Seating
The cheapest lower level tickets for a Ravens game are typically found in endzone Sections 111-115 and 138-142. These large, shallow sections are located below each of the large videoscreens, yielding them head-on views of replays and scoreboard entertainment.
So while the views of the videoscreen are ideal, views of the action on the field are less superb. The low-rising rows makes it easy to walk up and down the stairs, but also makes it a challenge to find seats with enough elevation to see the entire field. Your best bet is to sit in the highest possible row so that you're high enough to see the other end of the field clearly. Unfortunately, this comes with the downfalls of having to walk up the stairs to your seats and being even further away from the field.
If you don't mind sitting in the upper deck, you can find better views of the field in the front rows of the 500 level. But if you just want to get as close to the field as possible, choose low rows in Sections 109 and 115 where you'll be right next to the players as they come onto the field.
Upper Concourse Corner (Football) Seating
Seats with a corner view of the 500 level are spread across three different decks of seating. For example, in the NW corner of the stadium, section 547 is attached the to the sideline deck, section 546A is not attached to any deck and section 546 is within the endzone deck. Among these, the best seats are found in the endzone deck sections (ex: 543,544,545). Not only do these seats provide the best angles towards midfield, the lowest rows are about 10 rows lower to the field than the sideline deck and views of the videoboards are much better.
Overall, upper corner seating in the first ten rows are easily the best cheap seats for a Ravens game. Sitelines are good, access to the concourse is good and ticket prices are very good.
On windy days, avoid sections 506, 507, 519, 520, 533, 534, 546 and 547. Each of these sections is on the end of their respective seating decks and get punished by swirling winds. Similarly, avoid sections 506-510 on hot and sunny days where you'll be looking right into the bright sun.
Upper Concourse Endzone (Football) Seating
The east and west endzone upper decks are closer to the field and lower to the ground than the sideline seating decks. This gives the front rows in these sections relatively good views of the field for a fraction of the price of sideline seating.
Avoid the temptation of buying seats in the top rows of the endzone. While the price might be right, you may need a knee surgery or two after walking up the steep and plentiful stairs.
For fans needing another reason not to purchase the top rows, these seats are among the windiest and coldest in the stadium. Conversely, the east endzone (511-515) gets pounded by the sun. That may be good in November, but watch out during early-season games.
Among the NFL stadiums we've visited, the toughest place to find a consistently great view is at M&T Bank Stadium. While the venue has a fairly common layout - three main seating bowls - the intricacies within each seating level are anything but common.
Views From the 100 Level
The 100 level sideline seats at M&T Bank Stadium are split up into upper and lower portions. The lower rows are below the entry tunnel and go as high as 16 or 18 in most sections. While we don't normally recommend these lower rows for getting a great view, they're one of the few safe bets for getting an unobstructed siteline in a 100-level seat. The optimal rows are 14-18 where you'll be just below the tunnel and have enough elevation to see over the players.
As for the upper rows in sideline sections - there are some outstanding views - but they're much more unpredictable. The entrance tunnels in these sections have created a few problems. First, fans tend to come out of the tunnel, pause, turn around, take a look up at the seats, pause, and then head up the aisle to their row. Depending on where the ball is, these people might be directly in your siteline. Second, a number of railings border these tunnels. While innocent-looking at first, they can create some major problems seeing the field.
To avoid some of the issues described above, consider rows 32-38 in sideline sections. Not every seat in these rows is perfect, but the added elevation - and being farther away from the tunnel - will help eliminate most problems.
Because of the uncertainty of sideline seating (and the relative high costs), you may want to consider an endzone seat instead. The stadium's videoboards are located just above these endzone sections - giving fans seated here the absolute best view of replays, stats and other video. For the best views and gameday experience, we recommend rows 30 and higher in sections 136-144.
If getting the best view is a priority and you're not limited by budget, you'll want to begin your search on the club level. Club seats are located on the 200 level and are located at an ideal elevation for seeing the entire field. It may come as no surprise to learn that these seats also have the highest face value for Ravens games.
When choosing a row on the club level, we recommend skipping out on the first two rows where the railing can be difficult to see over.
Upper Level Seating
The most difficult place to find a consistently good view is in the 500 level. In fact, you have to go up about 12-15 rows before you can guarantee yourself a completely unobstructed view. With the upper level already located high above the playing surface, these higher rows can sometimes make you feel like you're looking straight down onto the field.
The issues of the 500 level mirror the problems with the lower level. Tunnels and railings obstruct views time and time again. They'll never block your entire view of the field - or even half of it - but these issues tend to arise when trying to see the action as it moves towards the endzones.
Because these problems arise in almost every lower row in every section, we can't recommend any upper level seats for getting an outstanding view. Instead, we recommend tempering your expectations when buying upper deck tickets. Just know in advance that if you want to sit in a lower row, you may have to put up with some disrupted sitelines.