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DOES BALTIMORE HAVE A PLACE IN ITS HEART FOR ITS NEW BIRDS?
Published October 23, 1997
As the Ravens play their second season in Baltimore, its "flock is neither as large or as zealous as many NFL watchers had expected and Ravens officials had hoped," according to Ken Denlinger of the WASHINGTON POST. He adds that MD fans are "reluctant to totally embrace the Ravens" for "three reasons," one of which is "guilt" over the way the team came to Baltimore. Another "is that the Ravens aren't the Colts," but "probably the major blame" is team's performance. One "prominent" team exec said, "At some point, product matters." The team has recently launched a campaign to sell the remaining 12,000 PSLs with the theme, "The Best Is Yet to Come." But MD Stadium Authority Chair John Moag said the "only objective measure of fan interest is ticket sales" and that's been "extremely positive" for the Ravens. Moag notes the team has sold 87 of 100 luxury boxes and all 7,900 club seats for its new stadium, set to open next season (WASHINGTON POST, 10/23).