PLEASE NOTE: The opinions, analysis and/or speculation expressed on BaltimoreRavens.com represent those of individual authors, and unless quoted or clearly labeled as such, do not represent the opinions or policies of the Baltimore Ravens' organization, front office staff, coaches and executives. Authors' views are formulated independently from any inside knowledge and/or conversations with Ravens officials, including the coaches and scouts, unless otherwise noted.
The Ravens’ Friday morning practice was watched by 11,506 cheering fans, setting a new training camp attendance record for any session outside of scrimmages.
Needless to say, McDaniel College in Westminster was packed to welcome the entire team in its first full-squad practice.
The high number of fans beat last year’s opening Friday, which boasted 11,078 fans.
It didn’t hurt that temperatures were relatively balmy in the low 80s, 98 Rock’s “Bacon and Beer” party took a prominent position and the Ravens Fan Zone offered fun for the family, such as a rock-climbing wall and large inflatable.
The Ravens also distributed 1,400 wristbands to kids who could get into a special area for autographs.
The much-talked-about policy went off without a hitch, as nearly every player walked the line of children signing everything in sight.
All players were available for autographs because the Ravens did not have any weight-lifting sessions or core schools scheduled after practice. When those start on Monday, only a third of the players will be able to sign.