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NFL Lockout Watch, Day 12: Ravens May Move Camp To M&T Bank Stadium

Ravens' training camp contract with McDaniel College expired last year
If the NFL lockout "pushes the start of training camp into late summer, the Ravens likely would move their public practices from McDaniel College to M&T Bank Stadium this year," according to Jamison Hensley of the Baltimore SUN. The Ravens have held camp in Westminster, Md., since moving from Cleveland in '96, "but their contract with McDaniel College expired last year." Ravens and McDaniel officials "have agreed to wait on a new deal" until a CBA is signed. Hensley notes a "delayed start to training camp probably would conflict with the return of students and the beginning of the school's football season, which would force the Ravens to make alternative plans." Because the team's HQs in Owings Mills, Md., "wasn't built to accommodate thousands of fans, the Ravens' public practices most likely would be held at M&T Bank Stadium." Last year, a "team-record 112,051 fans attended public practices," including a crowd of 17,851 that attended the Ravens' first training camp practice at M&T Bank Stadium since '96. That success "led owner Steve Bisciotti to declare it a new tradition." Ravens coach John Harbaugh: "I think we're planning on doing more at the stadium anyway. That was so good last year. We'll probably do it two or three times this year even if we're at McDaniel" (Baltimore SUN, 3/23).
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