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Baltimore Ravens Tickets
Baltimore Ravens Tickets - Description
The Baltimore Ravens joined the NFL under strange circumstances. In 1995, the Art Modell-owned Cleveland Browns wanted to relocate the franchise to Baltimore. Baltimore once had a football team, known as the Baltimore Colts, that moved to Indianapolis before the 1984 season. Not an expansion team by definition, as the team kept all of its original Cleveland Browns players, the Baltimore Ravens started playing in the NFL in 1996. A fan contest gave the Ravens their name, and the Ravens won Super Bowl XXXV in 2000. The Ravens are currently owned by Steve Bisciotti, who purchased the majority stake from Art Modell in the year 2000.
Watching the Baltimore Ravens
While generally mild in the fall and early winter, bring your coat to the Ravens game, as the breeze whips off Baltimore’s beautiful inner harbor. Be ready to imbibe such local beers as Natty Boh or Natural Bohemian at the tailgating party before you officially enter the sea of purple and black. After what is sure to be an epic contest among some extremely rowdy fans, the best restaurants are in Baltimore’s famous “little Italy” and “little Greece” neighborhoods as well as the famous Rusty Scupper, known for delicious seafood.
M&T Bank Stadium, Home to Baltimore Ravens
After playing at Baltimore's Memorial Stadium for two years, the Ravens determined that their current facilities were inadequate for the needs of a thriving football team. The M&T Bank Stadium was consequently constructed in 1998. Praised for its sophisticated design and stockpile of guest amenities, the stadium is a popular venue for events of all types; for example, the Johns Hopkins lacrosse team and numerous concert events use the facilities on a regular basis. However, the stadium's primarily serves as the Ravens' home field, and it is capable of containing up to 71,008 football fans at a time.
Baltimore Ravens 2011 Team Outlook
Baltimore is a team traditionally built on defense and physical play. The Ravens like to punch opponents in the mouth right away and make them feel the pain for four quarters. 2011 will be no different. Few teams can match the front seven of the Ravens. Haloti Ngata is one of the best defensive lineman in the game. Terrell Suggs is a fearsome pass rusher and veteran linebacker Ray Lewis is a future hall-of-fame selection. In the secondary, Ed Reed is still capable of being a game changer. The Ravens allowed 22.3 points per game a year ago, good for 16th in the NFL. Baltimore gave up 114.4 rushing yards per game, which was 14th among NFL teams. These numbers were down from 2009 levels, but the Ravens are capable of a resurgence in 2011.