The Baltimore Ravens announced today that they will be holding three practices this summer during Training Camp that will be free and open to the public. In addition, in order to draw fans from different areas, they will be holding then in different locations around the area.
The first open practice will be on Saturday, August 4th and be held at M&T Bank Stadium in downtown Baltimore. The second will be on Sunday, August 12th at Navy-Marines Corps Stadium in Annapolis Maryland. The final open practice will be on Sunday, August 19th at Stevenson University's Mustang Stadium.
While admission is free to all three practices, the one at Stevenson University will be a ticketed event due to the size and capacity of the stadium. More details on this and the specific times will be forthcoming.
In addition, the Ravens will hold a special lottery for fans, with winners getting a chance to attend a practice at the team's Owings Mills Training Complex at One Winning Drive. Fans will be able to enter the lottery drawing at the team's website, BaltimoreRavens.com.
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Training Camp Practices
The Baltimore Ravens’ 2012 training camp, connected by Verizon, will feature individual practices to be held at M&T Bank Stadium, the U.S. Naval Academy and Stevenson University. All sessions are free and open to the public.
Additionally, by entering a lottery on www.baltimoreravens.com, fans in limited numbers will have an opportunity to attend training camp at the team’s Owings Mills facility. The Ravens can safely host 200 people on the fields of their practice complex, and fans who are randomly chosen through the drawing will be invited to view approximately 14 of the team’s training camp sessions.
Further details regarding the lottery, its entry process and the Owings Mills practices will be announced on the team’s website in mid-June.
"It’s important for us to connect with as many of our fans as we can during training camp," Ravens president Dick Cass said. "We know we can’t duplicate the fan experiences we had at McDaniel College, but these opportunities will give many people an opportunity to get up close and personal outside of our home games."
M&T Bank Stadium is scheduled to host a training camp practice on Saturday, Aug. 4. The Ravens are then slated to practice at the U.S. Naval Academy’s Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium on Sunday, Aug. 12. The team will round out its off-site training camp sessions at Stevenson University’s Mustang Stadium on Sunday, Aug. 19.
Venues will feature interactive fan events, including player autograph signings for children, fun-filled activities designed specifically for youth and cheerleader/mascot meet-and-greets. Times and specifics for each practice will be announced this summer.
Ravens 2012 Off-Site Training Camp Practices
Saturday, Aug. 4 M&T Bank Stadium
Sunday, Aug. 12 Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium Annapolis, Md.
Sunday, Aug. 19* Stevenson University Mustang Stadium Owings Mills, Md.
(All three practices are free for fans; times to be announced this summer; dates subject to change)
* Ticketed event that will be free for fans; details to be announced later
Summer Football Clinics
Head coach John Harbaugh and members of his coaching staff will host the Ravens Football Clinic, presented by Under Armour, for Carroll County youth and high school players at McDaniel College on Saturday, June 16. Approximately 450 participants are expected to attend the camp that will feature on-field drills, seminars and competitions for youth ranging from 6-18.
"Our staff is looking forward to the clinic," Harbaugh stated. "We’ll teach some football, stress some life lessons and have fun."
Additionally, on July 6-7, McDaniel College will host the Joe Flacco Passing Academy with Tyrod Taylor, and coaches Cam Cameron and Jim Caldwell. The camp is designed for 100 invited high school players, all of whom will work with the Ravens’ quarterbacks and offensive coaches, in addition to several of the team’s wide receivers.
"We’re excited to build relationships with area high school kids and work to help them improve," Flacco stated. "This gives us an opportunity to teach young players many of the things we go through each week during the season. We want this to be something they can take with them and utilize in the long haul. This extends beyond football, as we will focus on what it takes to be successful both on and off the field."
Fans are welcome to watch the on-field activities at this camp. Times will be announced once they’re set.
McDaniel College’s Kenneth R. Gill Stadium
The Ravens have donated $100,000 to help complete the construction of McDaniel College's new on-campus stadium. Named Kenneth R. Gill Stadium, the facility will be used by the Green Terror’s football, field hockey, lacrosse and track and field teams.
"Through the years, McDaniel College has been a terrific partner with us," Cass said. "We’re happy we can help them with this important project."
Construction began this past February, and the stadium is scheduled to open on Sept. 15, when McDaniel hosts Muhlenberg College in the football home opener. Funded solely by charitable gifts, the brick stadium’s facade will match the other buildings on campus and serve as the primary focal point along the college’s entranceway.