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Free practice at M&T Saturday


Free practice at M&T Saturday

The Ravens are bringing practice to the people again this coming Saturday.

The team will hold the first of its three open-to-the-public workouts Saturday at 5 p.m. at M&T Bank Stadium. Gates open at 3:30 p.m. Admission is free, though there will be a 10 parking fee for stadium lots, which will open at noon for cold tailgating.

The Ravens were roundly criticized for moving training camp from the very public setting of McDaniel College in Westminster to the very private setting of the Ravens Under Armour Performance Center in Owings Mills. They sought these public practices as a way to soothe some of the hard feelings and reconnect with fans who can no longer see preseason workouts in Westminster.

Additional public practices will be held on Sunday, Aug. 12, at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis, and on Sunday, Aug. 19, at Stevenson Universitys athletic complex in Owings Mills.

"It's important for us to connect with as many of our fans as we can during training camp," Ravens president Dick Cass said in a statement earlier this year. "We know we can't duplicate the fan experiences we had at McDaniel College, but these opportunities will give many people an opportunity to get up close and personal outside of our home games.

Last season was the first that the Ravens did not use McDaniels campus for its training camp, a move precipitated by the NFL lockout. This past winter, the Ravens announced that the training camp move to the teams Owings Mills headquarters would be permanent.

The Ravens held a preseason workout at M&T Bank Stadium last year and drew roughly 24,000 fans.

To paraphrase Allen Iverson, were talkin about practice, so expect to see most of the Ravens current 90-man roster go through positional drills and some 11-on-11 drills with light hitting. The Ravens also are likely to simulate special teams situations, which will give fans a good look at the kicking battle between Billy Cundiff and rookie Justin Tucker.

In addition, the Ravens have announced that 3,500 special seats will be held for active duty military personnel and veterans and their immediate families as part of Military Appreciation Day. The servicemen and women will be asked to show valid military ID when entering the stadium.

Saturdays forecast calls for partly cloudy skies and a high of 90 degrees.

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Ravens lower concession prices at M&T Bank Stadium ahead of 2018 season


Ravens lower concession prices at M&T Bank Stadium ahead of 2018 season

Enjoying a game at M&T Bank Stadium just became a little more affordable.

On Thursday, the Ravens introduced their new "Flock Friendly Fare," reducing the price of 21 of their most popular food and beverage items.  

The change comes as the organization focuses on revamping the fan experience in 2018. Fans will see an average of 33 percent in total savings and up to 53 percent savings on a single item.  

"As a lot of you probably know, after every game we survey fans to see how we're doing; what have we done well and what have we not done well. Over the years, one of the biggest criticisms we received was for the gameday concessions prices," Ravens President Dick Cass said on the team's website

Alcoholic beverages were all reduced by $1 with the addition of domestic 12 ounce beer for $5.

Chicken tenders with fries went from $11 to $7, while a slice of pizza went from $8.50 to $6. No single item will cost above $9.

On average, you will now be able to feed a family of four for $44 compared to $66.75 in years past. To see all of the reductions, click the arrow in the post below. 

In 2017, the Atlanta Falcons reduced their concession prices upon opening their brand new Mercedes-Benz Stadium. The Ravens, however, are expecting to lose $1.5 million in concession revenue due to the change. 

Introducing our new Flock Friendly Fare!

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Vegas odds against Lamar Jackson starting for Ravens in 2018

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Vegas odds against Lamar Jackson starting for Ravens in 2018

Vegas has spoken and they are not optimistic about rookie Lamar Jackson starting under center for the Ravens in 2018.

Bovado, an online gambling site, has set the odds on how the top 2018 rookies will perform and they have Jackson getting 0.5 starts this season.

That number will come as a surprise considering the popular narrative that Lamar Jackson will be the Ravens' starter in no time. The team made it clear they are planning for life after Flacco when they traded back into the first-round of the 2018 draft to select the quarterback out of Louisville at No. 32

Flacco - who is entering his 11th season with the organization - is experiencing a decline in his performance of late, one that can not be put entirely on his shoulders as the team has failed in finding him valuable weapons to throw to. Nonetheless, Flacco's projected 2018 season is very much up in the air and it appears Vegas is betting on the one-time Super Bowl MVP to bounce back. 

However, the Ravens have failed to make the playoffs four of the last five seasons, and if that trend continues into 2018, the rookie could get his shot at flipping the script.

If you're a betting man, it could payoff to bet the over on Jackson. Low risk, seemingly high reward.