On Thursday, the Baltimore Board of Liquor License voted unanimously to grant Hammerjacks’ owners, Andrew Hotchkiss and Kevin Butler, an arena liquor, beer and wine license. The stadium will replace the now vacant Paradox at 1300 Russell Street and most recently the home of a ceramic tile company.
The stadium license requires a $1 million capital investment and a venue capacity of at least 1,000. The 58,000-square-foot concert venue will have the capacity for 2,500. The liquor license was the final hurdle, before the demolition process could begin. Other stadium licenses in Baltimore City include Oriole Park, Power Plant Live and M&T Bank Stadium.The owners have already secured a demolition permit and filed a building permit with the city. Construction for the $14 million Hammerjacks project is set to begin in the next 30 to 45 days, with the new venue expected to open in early 2018.
Hammerjacks was a very popular 80s rock venue, before it closed in 1997. The newly renovated venue will feature an outdoor beer garden with string lighting and a pea gravel surface, concert space, club area, offices and a space for private events.