Super Bowl champs Baltimore Ravens were handed an unlikely situation this season: they won’t be celebrating their title in the season opener game at M&T Bank Stadium on Thursday. Instead, the team is traveling over a thousand miles to the Denver Broncos’ stadium.
Due to scheduling conflicts with the city’s baseball team, the Baltimore Orioles, the Ravens are forced to play away for their opening night.
The two Maryland teams share a parking lot between their respective stadiums, which is why they try not to schedule two home games on the same night.
The Orioles are scheduled to play the White Sox at 7:05 ET Thursday night at Camden Yards, which would have interfered with the Ravens game at 8:30 ET that night.
Ultimately, the Orioles realizes the disappointment for Ravens players and fans everywhere. But according to them, rescheduling an away game would be near impossible this far into the baseball season.
I get it: rescheduling a game this far into the season is tough. But this would be the Orioles 138rd game of the season; it’s not like the debut season opener game of the Super Bowl champs. A little more effort on their part would have been greatly appreciated and respected by all of Baltimore (because let’s face it: most Oriole fans want to see the Ravens play at home, as well).
So will this unfortunate situation affect the Ravens’ game against the Broncos? My thoughts, no. The team is still coming in hot from a championship win no matter what. But Baltimore fans everywhere are definitely going to be unhappy about not cheering on their Super Bowl champ team on Baltimore turf. And if I were the Ravens, I’d be a little upset too.