For the first time this preseason, the Ravens will hold a practice for the public to view.
After taking the day of on Saturday, the Ravens will travel up to Annapolis, Md. to hold a practice at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. Admission is free, though parking is $10 for cars and $25 for buses. Parking is also on a first come, first serve basis.
For Ravens cornerback Corey Graham, stepping out of the same monotony at the team facility in Owings Mills, Md. will be a good thing for him.
"It's something different," Graham said. "[There's] a big crowd out there. We'll get a chance to play in front of a lot of people, a different atmosphere. You always want to get away and do something different, so it'll be exciting for us to get out there."
The Ravens held an open practice in Annapolis a season ago. Owner Steve Bisciotti is from Annapolis, which is one of the reasons why the organization decided to reach out to the community there.
The Ravens used to hold its training camp in Westminster, Md. with fans able to attend each practice. 2011 marked the first year that the Ravens stayed at the training facility in Owings Mills, with a lot of that having to do with the lockout-ridden offseason.
Late in the 2011 season, the Ravens decided it would be best to stick with training camp at the team's facility on a regular basis. A limited amount of fans have attended practices at the team's facility. Those that have won practice tickets through a lottery system.
Coach John Harbaugh said he's looking forward to the big crowd in Annapolis on Sunday.
"I think our guys are really looking forward to it," Harbaugh said. "I'm expecting a full stadium down there in Annapolis. The Naval Academy has just been tremendous hosts. We love going down there. We respect everything that the Naval Academy stands for. They have been great to us. We can't wait."
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