Chesapeake Employers Insurance Arena

The Chesapeake Employers Insurance Arena (formerly the UMBC Event Center) is a basketball arena, concert and multi-purpose event venue on the campus of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) in Catonsville, Maryland. It is the home of the UMBC Retrievers men's and women's basketball teams as well as the volleyball team and serves as a replacement to the Retriever Activities Center (RAC). It has a capacity of 5,000 seats, approximately 1,000 more than the RAC, and is the campus venue for all commencements and concerts.[2] Construction began in March 2016, with an estimated cost of $67 million.[3] Although the venue was originally supposed to be completed in time for the beginning of the Fall 2017 semester and the start of the 2017–18 athletic season,[4] due to delays it officially opened for the February 3 men's basketball game against Vermont.[5]

Chesapeake Employers Insurance Arena
Former namesUMBC Event Center (2018–2021)
Address1000 Hilltop Circle
Baltimore, MD 21250
LocationHilltop Circle & Commons Drive
Coordinates39°15′08″N 76°42′27″W / 39.2523419°N 76.707431°W / 39.2523419; -76.707431
Public transitCityLink Yellow, UMBC Transit
OwnerUniversity of Maryland, Baltimore County
OperatorOak View Group
Capacity4,654 (basketball)
5,500 (concerts)[1]
Broke groundMarch 2016
OpenedFebruary 3, 2018 (2018-02-03)
Construction cost$85 million
Structural engineerProvidence Engineering Corporation[1]
General contractorBarton Malow
UMBC Retrievers

The U.S. professional wrestling promotion Ring of Honor (ROH) frequently used the arena during the period it was owned by Sinclair Broadcasting, which is based in nearby Hunt Valley. This included television tapings during the COVID-19 pandemic, which were held behind closed doors.[citation needed]

On April 19, 2021, the UMBC Events Center changed its name to the Chesapeake Employers Insurance Arena after signing a 15-year deal for arena naming rights.[6]

The interior of the center during a game.


  1. ^ a b "Arena info". University of Maryland–Baltimore County Department of Athletics. Retrieved December 14, 2019.
  2. ^ "New Event Center Making Headway". Retriever Weekly. University of Maryland–Baltimore County. February 8, 2017. Retrieved March 17, 2018.
  3. ^ Chigurupati, Snigdha (February 8, 2016). "Breaking Ground on the Retriever Event Center". Retriever Weekly. University of Maryland–Baltimore County. Retrieved March 18, 2018.
  4. ^ Norris, Heather (July 24, 2015). "Construction to Begin in Winter for New UMBC Arena". The Baltimore Sun. Retrieved March 17, 2018.
  5. ^ Scherr, Rich (February 3, 2018). "UMBC's Loss to Vermont Doesn't Dampen Excitement for Event Center Opener". The Baltimore Sun. Retrieved March 17, 2018.
  6. ^ Wilen, Holden (April 19, 2021). "UMBC, Chesapeake Employers' Insurance ink 15-year deal for arena naming rights". Baltimore Business Journal. Retrieved April 20, 2021.