Driving Directions and Guest Info

Driving Instructions

Royal Farms Arena is located in the heart of downtown Baltimore at 201 W Baltimore St, Baltimore, MD 21201.

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Parking

Parking is very limited in downtown Baltimore. Guests staying in the city are encouraged to take a taxi cab or walk to the university-wide ceremony. If you are driving, please consider carpooling. Guests are urged to allow extra time for parking.  If you do plan to drive, we recommend reserving a spot through Parking Panda or ParkWhiz.com

Accessible Parking

Accessible parking spaces are available on a first-come, first-served basis and are located in the garage attached to the Arena. Parking in these spots requires a state-issued handicapped license plate or hangtag. Should these extra spaces be filled, there are various parking garages located around the Arena that can accommodate your needs for accessible parking.

The Hopkins Place entrance is the best drop-off point for mobility impaired guests.

Hotels

Hotels tend to be booked quickly, so it is beneficial to make a reservation as soon as possible. A list of local hotels is provided on the Johns Hopkins University Commencement page.

Mobility Impaired Seating

The ceremony will have designated seating areas for persons using wheelchairs. Seating is available for the individual with the disability and up to three companions on a first-come, first-served basis. This seating is located on the level 1 Concourse behind sections 103, 104, 115 and 116. If you need assistance finding seating, please see one of the volunteers or guest services representatives inside the arena.

For other guests with mobility disabilities, it is strongly recommended that you arrive early to ensure you are able to find a seat that meets your needs. Should you need assistance, please see an usher or commencement volunteer.

Elevators are available on the Southeast and Southwest corners of the buildings. Please see a Royal Farms Arena staff member for assistance upon entering the building.

Please Note: The arena is a large facility and a considerable distance must be traveled to get to all of the seats. Guests for whom walking distances is difficult are strongly encouraged to rent a wheelchair for the day. Wheelchairs will not be available at the arena. To rent a wheelchair, please call Northern Pharmacy at 410-254-2055, ext. 282, or e-mail asacco@northernpharmacy.com.

Wheelchairs

There will not be wheelchairs available at the arena. To rent a wheelchair, please call Northern Pharmacy at 410-254-2055, ext. 282, or e-mail Northern Pharmacy.

Disability Accommodations

Please contact AAPDisability@jhu.edu to request ASL Interpreters, Assisted Listening Devices and large print or Braille program booklets for yourself or your guests. In all situations, a good faith effort (up until the time of the event) will be made to provide accommodations.
The ceremony will have designated seating areas for persons using wheelchairs. Seating is available for the individual with the disability on a first-come, first-served basis. Please see above for more information.

Restrictions on items in Arena:

All bags and purses could be searched upon entering the arena. Backpacks are not permitted in the arena. Bags and purses larger than 13 5/8″ x 15 1/4″ are also not permitted. Diaper bags are permitted. Please do not bring wrapped gifts into the arena. No balloons are allowed in the arena. Re-entry to the arena will not be permitted. Food and drinks may not be brought into the arena.