Watch the pigskin soar over the field as quarterback Joe Flacco executes precision passes to John Brown and Willie Snead as the Baltimore Ravens go for touchdowns and another heart-pounding season. Sporting 2 Super Bowl wins, 2 AFC Championship titles, and 15 NFL Playoff victories, the Ravens have a reputation for putting up a solid defense. Join the flock of purple-clad fans in the M&T Bank Stadium to take in all the exciting NFL action with tickets to a Baltimore Ravens game today.
Baltimore’s history of professional football dates back to 1947 with the Baltimore Colts, named after the city’s tradition of horseracing. However, the founding of the current Ravens came with state-crossing controversy. Baltimoreans loved their team, but in the 1980s, then-owner Robert Irsay had beef with the city over the antiquated state of Memorial Stadium, which the team shared with the Baltimore Orioles. On the morning of March 29, 1984, the city woke to find their football team gone. Irsay snuck the whole team out in the middle of the night and moved the Colt franchise to its current home in Indianapolis. To this day, Baltimore residents still harbor resentment for this perceived betrayal.
In 1996, professional football returned to Baltimore, but not without further controversy. Art Modell bought the Cleveland Browns and brought them to Baltimore, but only under the agreement that the team’s name, record, uniform design, and colors stay behind. That made the newly formed Baltimore Ravens technically an expansion team even though the players stayed the same. The Ravens played on the old turf of Memorial Stadium for 2 years before moving to their brand-new field, currently dubbed M&T Bank Stadium.
With NFL draft picks of offensive tackle Jonathan Ogden and linebacker Ray Lewis—both now members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame—the Ravens began their rise to multiple playoffs, championships, and Super Bowl XXXV against the New York Giants and Super Bowl XLVII against the San Francisco 49ers. With hopes to reclaim their former glory this season, be sure to get tickets to a Baltimore Ravens game to witness them rise and conquer.
The Baltimore Ravens have racked up a slew of rivalries during their 23-year history, but the Pittsburgh Steelers claim the top spot on the list. Games between these 2 hard-hitting teams usually come down to the wire with victory and defeat often decided by only a few points. Plus, with Pittsburgh's Heinz Field less than a 5-hour drive away from Baltimore, fans from both teams fill the stands with raucous cheering and jeering.
Baltimoreans harbor a special animosity for the Indianapolis Colts because of the team’s controversial move from Maryland to Indiana in 1984. Out of spite for this backstabbing, whenever the Colts play on the Ravens’ turf, the scoreboard lists the rival team as “Away” or “Indy” rather than acknowledge the stolen name and the announcer calls the Colts the “Indianapolis Professional Football Team.”
Similarly, Cleveland Browns fans claim a rivalry with the Ravens due to Baltimore taking over the team when it left the Browns name behind. Nail-biter games with the Cincinnati Bengals earned them a spot on the Ravens spite list. Continual close losses to the New England Patriots and verbal spars between players, namely Tom Brady and Terrell Suggs, created a coarse rivalry between the teams. Tickets to Ravens’ rivalry games go fast, so get yours before you check out the other top things to do in Baltimore.
This Baltimore team’s name alludes to Edgar Allan Poe’s famous poem The Raven. Poe lived in Baltimore during the early part of his career and is entombed there. Selected through a fan contest, the avian name complements the other bird-themed team in town—the Orioles. The team’s cartoonish raven mascot continues the American Gothic theme and is named Poe.
The Baltimore Ravens have 2 real flesh-and-feather ravens on their team named Rise and Conquer. These official mascots grace the field during home games, and fans can greet the black birds up close at the Maryland Zoo.
While a staple of college football games, the only NFL teams that have marching bands are the Baltimore Ravens and the Washington Redskins. Baltimore’s Marching Ravens started playing for the Colts in 1947, but when the team moved away, the marching band stayed and helped campaign to bring a new football team to town. This earned them the name “The Band That Would Not Die.” Snag Ravens tickets, sing along to fight song, and watch the team “fly on to victory.”Back to top