Scheduling Conflict Forces Ravens To Open Away
The Orioles are scheduled to start a series in Baltimore with the Chicago White Sox on the day the NFL wanted to start its season.
Despite efforts on all sides to make an Orioles and Ravens doubleheader happen on Sept. 5, the Super Bowl champions will now open their season on the road.
In the last few years, the Super Bowl champions have been granted the privilege of opening the season in prime time at home on Thursday. But because of a conflict with a previously scheduled O’s game the Ravens will now open on the road.
Both Baltimore teams released statements to the media praising each other for their cooperation in trying to overcome the conflict.
The games would also be coming on the heels of the city hosting the third Baltimore Grand Prix from Aug. 30 to Sept. 1.
Ravens Statement from President Dick Cass:
"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. 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 Orioles have great respect for the Super Bowl Champion Ravens and thank Major League Baseball, the MLB Players Association, and the White Sox for doing everything possible to work with us to explore all options to reschedule the September 5 game. We also appreciate the work of the NFL and the Ravens over the past several weeks as we attempted to accommodate the Ravens' interest in a game the same evening. Given the limited options available to reschedule the game at that late date in the season, the parties jointly determined that even an earlier start time would still create such enormous logistical difficulties that it would greatly diminish the fan experience for both events which all parties realized would not be in the interest of their fans or the City."
"While we are disappointed for the fans in Baltimore, we appreciate the efforts of the Ravens, Orioles and Major League Baseball and understand the logistical problems in trying to schedule the teams on the same day. The Ravens will open the season on the road on Thursday night, September 5, in our annual NFL Kickoff Game on NBC. We are exploring potential fan activities in Baltimore around the Kickoff Game, including a pre-game concert."