Bisciotti Eying Annapolis For Camp Practice

Owner Steve Bisciotti would like to host a training camp event in his neck of the woods.

Posted by Ryan Mink on Wednesday, February 8th, 2012 at 12:45 pm | Categories: Ryan Mink

Ravens Owner Steve Bisciotti feels the pain of not having training camp open to fans this year, so he wants to host an event in his own backyard.

Bisciotti said last Wednesday at the team’s season-ending press conference that the Ravens have talked about having an open practice at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis, Md.

The Ravens are committed to having, at minimum, three practices away from Owings Mills that would be open to the public, with at least one of those at M&T Bank Stadium.

There have not been any discussions with the Naval Academy yet, Team President Dick Cass confirmed.

“I’d like to get one down to Annapolis; it’s my neck of the woods,” Bisciotti said, before cracking a joke.

“So, maybe we can talk with Navy and maybe get it down there in the summertime, which would be good. We can get you all down to McGarvey’s [Saloon & Oyster Bar] and have some fun down there.”

The Ravens announced on Dec. 2 that they would not be hosting training camp at McDaniel College in Westminster, Md., this year for a wide-range of reasons. Simply put, the team felt the facilities in Owings Mills enabled them to better prepare for the season.

While Bisciotti agreed with the change, it was a difficult one for him personally considering some of his fondest childhood memories are of going to watch the Baltimore Colts practice in Westminster.

Bisciotti said it’s “our job to create that access” despite the move.

“It hurts me personally, and yet, the NFL is a different animal than it was when I was a little kid,” Bisciotti said, saying there are many more people now.

“We’ll take care of the tykes. We’ll figure out a way to get some open practices and get the autographs and get that interaction. We’ll do a good job of that. And, it is very, very bittersweet to have to come to the conclusion finally that it is in our best interest, from a football perspective, to do that here instead of Westminster.”

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