On Wednesday, the Ravens officially finalized the dates for their 2016 training camp.
The first full-squad practice will be July 28, with the last training camp practice on Aug. 18. There will be two free practices, open to the public, at M&T Bank Stadium.
The remaining 14 training camp practices will be held at the Under Armour Performance Center in Owings Mills, Md.
Fans can enter the lottery for training camp tickets on the Ravens’ official website, or on the Ravens Mobile App, and will be randomly chosen to attend one of the team’s practices. The Ravens have increased parking and seating capacity to host up to 1,250 fans per day in Owings Mills.
The first of two free practices at M&T will be Monday, Aug. 1, at 7 p.m., which will also be the Ravens’ annual Military Appreciation Day.
There will be 3,500 special seats reserved for active service members and veterans who present military identification. Immediate family members are also invited to attend, with the 3,500 special seats allocated on a first-come, first-serve basis. In addition, fans showing military ID will be given a special edition Ravens camouflage hat.
The second free practice at M&T will be Saturday, Aug. 6 at 6 p.m., which will also be fireworks night.
Fans entering the ticket lottery must enter no later than June 29 at 5 p.m. The Ravens will contact ticket winners no later than July 15.
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On Wednesday, February 14, a horrific school shooting claimed the lives of 17 innocent people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla.
The tragic event impacted people far and wide, and hit especially close to home for Ravens running back Alex Collins.
The former Arkansas star was born in Plantation, Fla., a suburb of Fort Lauderdale and went to high school just 15 miles south of Douglas High School.
In the offseason, Collins took Irish dancing lessons to improve his footwork, and following the act of terror, the Ravens' tailback learned that one of his dance partners had been killed in the mass shooting.
17-year-old Cara Loughran attended The Drake school of Irish Dance with Collins in addition to two other Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students and was fatally shot by the gunman on Wednesday afternoon.
Collins took to his Twitter account to issue this heartfelt message.
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“The school shooting yesterday hit home,” Collins wrote.
“We received confirmation a few hours ago we lost one of the girls, Cara Loughran. Two other girls saw and experienced unspeakable tragedy. My heart goes out to these girls, all their families and their teacher Chrissy.”
BALTIMORE -- The Baltimore Ravens and Chicago Bears will launch the NFL's 99th season by playing in the annual Hall of Fame game on Aug. 2.
The Ravens' first appearance in the Hall of Fame game, which launches the league's 2018 Enshrinement Week. Former Baltimore linebacker Ray Lewis is among the inductees, along with former Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher.
Lewis, who played 17 seasons with the Ravens, and Urlacher, who played all of his 13 seasons with Chicago, both were elected on the first ballot.
Lewis joins Jonathan Ogden as the only Ravens in the Hall of Fame. Both were selected by Baltimore in the first round of the 1996 draft.
The other members of the Class of 2018 include Bobby Beathard, Robert Brazile, Brian Dawkins, Jerry Kramer, Randy Moss and Terrell Owens. All will be inducted on Saturday, Aug. 4.
This will be the record-tying fifth time that the Bears will play in the Hall of Fame game. They won the previous four, most recently 27-24 over Miami in 2005.
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