For the first — and only — time this preseason you'll be able to see the Ravens in training camp on Saturday at M&T Bank Stadium. Because of the NFL lockout, the Ravens canceled training camp at McDaniel College in Westminster and moved it to their training facility in Owings Mills. The team's lease agreement with Baltimore County does not allow fans to watch practice at the facility. Roads around the complex could not handle the traffic safely and the facility does not have enough parking space, according to the team.
When to be there: Parking lots A, B, C and G at M&T Bank Stadium open at 8 a.m. and "cold" tailgating is allowed. There is no cost for parking at the stadium. Gates A and D open at 9 a.m. and the Ravens take the field at 10 a.m. There is no admission charge.
What to expect: The Ravens will hold a full-scale practice with hitting and it will last at least two hours. In addition to the onfield action, the Ravens are promising interactive games, face painters, photo booths, autograph signings with Ravens alumni and cheerleaders, meet-and-greet with Ravens cheerleaders and performances by the marching Ravens pep band. Last year, an estimated 17,000 showed up for the one practice at M&T. The Ravens expect more than 20,000 this Saturday. The largest crowd ever for a stadium practice was 1998, when 36,000 showed up to see the new stadium.
Weather forecast: The early forecast for Saturday is calling for temperatures in the mid-80s and a 40 percent chance of thunderstorms later in the day.
What's next: The Ravens will take Sunday off, then have daily practices at their training facility on Monday and Tuesday, a walk-through on Wedneday, before the first exhibition game on Thursday at Philadelphia against the Eagles. It's a 7:30 p.m. start. The Ravens' first home exhibition game is Aug. 19 against the Kansas City Chiefs at 7:30 p.m.
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