Ravens lose turf war with Orioles, will have to open on the road
The two teams do not even share a stadium -- but they do share a parking lot. The Orioles play at Camden Yards, and the Ravens play at M&T Bank Stadium. But apparently the parking lot between the two fields is not considered large enough to hold both the Orioles fans and Ravens fans, so the Ravens will be hitting the road for their opener.
The Orioles refused to back down, and the Ravens will have to play their opener on the road, according to Bloomberg News. "Although the Orioles were willing to move their game from its 7:05 p.m. local time start," Bloomberg reported, "officials decided there would be too much congestion and it would be best to send the Ravens out of town."
ProFootballTalk reports that the Ravens will still play on the evening of Thursday, September 5, and the NFL Season Opener will still feature the team that won the Super Bowl.
That means one lucky Ravens 2013 road opponent will accidentally get the honor of hosting the NFL's Thursday night season opener. The Ravens' scheduled road opponents this season are Buffalo, Chicago, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Denver, Detroit, Miami, and Pittsburgh.
So any of those teams could host the Ravens in the opener -- except Cincinnati. Turns out the Cincinnati Reds have a home game scheduled that night, so that takes the Bengals off the season opener list.