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Everything you need to know if you’re attending the Ravens’ preseason opener Thursday

On Thursday, fans will get their first taste of 2019 football with the Ravens’ preseason opener. Here’s a list of things to help you limit the game-day stress.

Who are the Ravens playing? They will play the Jacksonville Jaguars, who lead the regular-season and postseason series 12-9-0.

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What time is the game? The game is Thursday at 7:30 p.m.

What if I can’t attend the game? WBAL-TV will broadcast it on channel 11. To listen on the radio, turn the dial to 97.9 FM and 1090 AM.

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When can I start arriving? Gates open two hours before kickoff, so fans can arrive at 5:30 p.m.

What type of security will there be? All guests entering the stadium are subject to search, and there are restrictions on what people can bring in. In addition to typical security measures, the Maryland Stadium Authority announced there will be an increased police presence around the stadium in response to the mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, over the weekend. There are no known threats against M&T Bank Stadium itself.

What type of bag can I bring? M&T Bank Stadium allows bags that are clear plastic, vinyl or polyvinyl chloride and are smaller than 12 inches by 6 inches by 12 inches. Fans may also use a one-gallon clear plastic freezer bag or a small clutch bag about the size of a hand.

Can I bring in food? Food is allowed if it is in a clear plastic bag.

What else can I bring? Fans may bring blankets, tarps, coats, binoculars, iPads and tablets, and seat cushions that don’t have a back, zipper or pocket.

What items are prohibited? There is a long list of items fans cannot bring to games, including footballs, beverages, backpacks, artificial noisemakers, umbrellas and video cameras. For the complete list, see the Ravens website.

May I bring a sign for my favorite player? As long as they are not commercial, political or offensive, banners are permitted in the stadium. They must not obstruct other fans’ view, though, and they cannot be attached to a pole.

Where should I park? Parking in M&T Bank Stadium lots is sold in advance and is by permit only. For fans without permits, there are several options. There are over 30,000 spaces in area parking garages and surface lots around the stadium. Many of them have a Ravens logo on them. The stadium also has a deal with Parking Panda to allow fans to purchase advance parking. Fans should note northbound lanes on Howard Street will open at noon Thursday, but southbound Howard Street will remain closed from Lombard to Conway streets.

What if I don’t want to drive? The Ravens have an option called “Ravens Ride,” which is a bus system that departs from Carney, Jessup, South West and White Marsh Park and Rides, Manchester, Westminster and Owings Mills. For those who want to get some exercise, there is a designated bicycle parking area. There are also multiple public transportation options. Click here to find out what works best for you. Light rail services between the North Avenue and Camden Yards stations remain closed while crews repair the sinkhole and will not be an option for the game.

What conveniences does M&T Bank Stadium offer? The stadium recently updated its WiFi, and there are charging stations for phones and devices. For fans who need cash, M&T Bank Stadium has nine ATM machines placed throughout the stadium.

What to look for in the stadium: M&T Bank Stadium just rolled out the final part of its $120 million renovation project. At the end of the 2018 season, there were 16 elevators. The newest updates, which have been finished since the 2018 season, include “Corner Notch” suite and party areas in the open notches of the upper bowl, with video boards above the suites. The club level, kitchens and sound systems received upgrades as well. The stadium practice July 27 was the first chance fans got to see the changes.

What to look for in the game: Preseason games offer an opportunity for underdogs to prove themselves and help provide clarity in position battles. With the loss of veterans on the defense, and the arrival of high draft picks, there are plenty of storylines to watch, such as the wide receiver competition and the left guard battle. For a breakdown of the position battles, check out our position-by-position analysis.

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Will the starters play? Generally, the starters see limited to no playing time in the first preseason game. Traditionally, starters play up to two or three quarters in the third preseason game. Starting quarterback Lamar Jackson might play for a series or two in the first game, but Trace McSorley and Joe Callahan will get the bulk of the snaps at quarterback. Second-string quarterback Robert Griffin III is out with a hand injury.

Are there any new rules? One of the biggest rule change is the pass interference replay review. Starting this season, both offensive and defensive pass interference calls are reviewable, as well as cases where a call was not made on the field. There is a one-year trial period for this rule. There are new rules about celebrations, as well. Only players in uniform are permitted to enter the field to celebrate. For all the rule changes, check out the NFL’s list.

New numbers to look out for:

#29 Earl Thomas III, former Seattle Seahawks safety

#44 Marlon Humphrey, cornerback who gave his old number to Thomas

#11 Seth Roberts, former Oakland Raiders wide receiver

#21 Mark Ingram II, former New Orleans Saints running back

#90 Pernell McPhee, former Washington Redskins linebacker

#15 Marquise “Hollywood” Brown, former Oklahoma wide receiver who was the Ravens’ first-round pick

#7 Trace McSorley, former Penn State quarterback drafted in the sixth round who is playing second string with Griffin out

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