The Ravens' downtown stadium, which is currently called M&T Bank Stadium, is celebrating its 10th season of existence. Starting today, we're going to look at the Top 10 moments in its history, listing two each day.
10. The Grand Opening. Sept. 6, 1998
The Ravens officially moved from Memorial Stadium to their new $223 million home, only to consecrate it with a 20-13 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers.
A crowd of 68,847 gathered under cloudless skies to watch the Ravens open a new era with old errors. Cornerback Rod Woodson dropped an interception that would have been a touchdown midway through the first quarter. Running back Priest Holmes tripped over his own feet in the first quarter on what could have been a 27-yard touchdown run. Receiver Jermaine Lewis dropped two passes, one a potential 54-yard touchdown pass in the third quarter. And kicker Matt Stover missed three field goals, two of which were the result of bad snaps by Harper Le Bel.
"Our fans deserved better," Ravens middle linebacker Ray Lewis said. "By no account did we make an impressive showing for ourselves or a statement in this new stadium."
In fact, the Ravens went more than 57 minutes before Jermaine Lewis finally got the Ravens' first touchdown.
But the city of Baltimore left its mark on its new football home. It was a party mood over the weekend as the Ravens staged "Touchdown Baltimore" to show off the new stadium. Stevie Wonder sang at a Saturday night concert that drew 25,000 spectators and featured a fireworks show. "I've never seen a city so excited about a single game," Pittsburgh coach Bill Cowher said.