Ravens will open NFL season Sept. 5 on the road

March 22, 2013

M&T Bank Stadium will be far less crowded Sept. 5. (Doug Kapustin / Baltimore Sun)

Although the Baltimore Ravens won the Super Bowl last month, M&T Bank Stadium will stand empty when the NFL season opens Sept. 5.

Unlike recent NFL champions, the Ravens will kick off the 2013 season on the road rather than at home because of a scheduling conflict with the Baltimore Orioles, who play at nearby Camden Yards and have a common parking lot with the Ravens. The Orioles are scheduled to play a 7:05 p.m. game against the Chicago White Sox and Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti had offered to compensate the Orioles for moving to an earlier start for a football-baseball doubleheader.

“After thorough discussions among the Orioles, the NFL and the Ravens, it became clear that holding both an Orioles’ game and the Ravens’ regular season opener on the same day would create logistical situations that would cause serious issues for the city of Baltimore, and fans for both teams,” Ravens President Dick Cass said in a statement issued by the team. “The Ravens greatly appreciate the willingness of the Orioles to adjust the start of their game in an effort to make this sports spectacular happen. But, in the end, anticipated problems with parking, rush-hour traffic, plus crowd and car congestion around Oriole Park and M&T Bank Stadium, will keep the doubleheader from taking place.”

The NFL announced that it was looking into the possibility of hosting fan activities and perhaps a pregame concert Sept. 5 in Baltimore.

The Ravens’ opponent for the opener has not yet been announced.

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After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.
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