When I was a kid, the football team in Baltimore was the Colts and the quarterback was Johnny Unitas. (I saw him in person once buying a suit in Schwartz Bros.) Then the Colts snuck out of town. The first new stadium in Baltimore (much admired) was Oriole Park (at Camden Yards). But we didn't have a football team and not much of a football stadium anymore either..
So the Cleveland Browns left Cleveland and came to Baltimore. This made Clevelanders annoyed. There was a contest to name the team, and the Ravens was picked because of Poe's 1845 poem "The Raven".
1st verse: Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary,
Over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore,
While I nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a tapping,
As of some one gently rapping, rapping at my chamber door.
"'Tis some visitor," I muttered, "tapping at my chamber door-
Only this, and nothing more."
10th verse: But the raven, sitting lonely on the placid bust, spoke only
That one word, as if his soul in that one word he did outpour.
Nothing further then he uttered- not a feather then he fluttered-
Till I scarcely more than muttered, "other friends have flown
On the morrow he will leave me, as my hopes have flown before."
Then the bird said, "Nevermore."
15th verse: "Prophet!" said I, "thing of evil- prophet still, if bird or devil!
By that Heaven that bends above us- by that God we both adore-
Tell this soul with sorrow laden if, within the distant Aidenn,
It shall clasp a sainted maiden whom the angels name Lenore-
Clasp a rare and radiant maiden whom the angels name Lenore."
Quoth the Raven, "Nevermore."
16th verse "Be that word our sign in parting, bird or fiend," I shrieked,
"Get thee back into the tempest and the Night's Plutonian shore!
Leave no black plume as a token of that lie thy soul hath spoken!
Leave my loneliness unbroken!- quit the bust above my door!
Take thy beak from out my heart, and take thy form from off my
Quoth the Raven, "Nevermore." )
Equipment: Poe is buried near the stadium (He died first).
As part of the deal, a stadium was built. Originally this was PSI Net Stadium. And it had purple all over it, because the PSI colors and the Raven's colors were purple. Then PSI went bankrupt or something, and it's now the M&T Bank Stadium. Their colors seem to be green and white. But the Raven's colors are still purple and gold.
One of the ways they have raised money for this stadium is by Permanent Seat Licenses.
The prices of PSLs and season tickets are associated with specific zones.
Zone Location PSL Cost Season Ticket Cost
A Lower Level Midfield $5,000 $770
B Lower Level Sideline $3,000 $670
C Lower Level Endzone $1,250 $480
D Upper Level Midfield $3,000 $650
E Upper Level Sideline $2,000 $550
F Upper Level Sideline $1,250 $450
G Upper Level Endzone $750 $400
H Upper Level Corners $500 $300
I Midfield $1,250 $3,000
II Sideline $1,250 $2,400
III Corners $1,250 $1,750
IV Endzone $1,250 $1,150
PSLs can be transferred. Single game tickets can be purchased through ticketmaster.
I tried to get in to the Ravens website, but it seems to be down right at this moment.
The NFL's Ravens, shortly after abandoning Cleveland in 1996, began play at the downtown M&T Bank Stadium in 1998. The $220 million stadium hold about 70,000 spectators and was designed by the great sports architectural firm HOK. The field surface was originally grass, but has since been replaced by artificial turf. M&T Bank Stadium is also used for the Maryland high school state football championship games.
Single game tickets for Ravens games start around $60 and go up to about $355 for prime club seats.
The Ravens moved to Baltimore in 1996 and have (almost) replaced the long-lost Colts in the hearts of Baltimore football fans. Winning the Super Bowl in 2000 helped, and since then it has been difficult to get tickets to Ravens games in advance. However, if they're having a miserable season (as they are when I'm writing this), you can probably get tickets from a ticket holder who opts out of the game.
That's what happened to me for the December 3, 2007 Monday Night game against the Patriots. The Patriots came into the game 12-0 while the Ravens were 4-8 having lost 6 straight games. No wonder the oddsmakers made the Ravens the largest home underdog in the history of the NFL -- the Patriots were a 20 point favorite. Amazingly, the Ravens led for most of the game and would have won had their defensive coach not called time out a split second before Tom Brady was stuffed on a 4th and 1 play in the last minute. Given a reprieve, the Patriots rallied to score and won the game 27-24. Bummer!
Equipment: If you go to a Raven's game, ensure you dress properly. December nights with snow and wind can be arctic. At the same time, Sunday afternoons in September can be blazing. Drink lots of golden fluids!
Seriously, nothing is better then a football game at Ravens Stadium (M&T Bank Stadium). Each seat in the stadium provides an unforgettable view, and the larger-than-life jumbo trons allow you to see even more. Parking is abundant, (although expensive) and traffic flow is controlled by traffic cops, making your exit after the game fairly easy. Bring lots of cash though, because beers are expensive as well. And most important....wear purple!
Another huge stadium, right next to Oriole Park at Camden Yards...
Only open a few nights a year.
Plenty of purple seats.....