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BALTIMORE (WJZ)– Single-game tickets are going fast for the Ravens season. They went on sale this morning– on the eve of the first, and only, open-practice at M & T Bank Stadium.

Meghan McCorkell was at the Ravens practice facility. Team officials say nearly all the single-game tickets are sold out. That’s why some fans will be flocking to the stadium to see the team. No tickets necessary.

They went on sale Friday morning. But Friday night, tickets to nearly every Ravens game are gone! Though you wouldn’t know it looking at the box office.

“It’s my birthday on October 2nd and we play the Jets,” said Ravens fan Marcus Johnson. “Good game, primetime. I just wanted to go.”

But Johnson might not make it through this gate. He came down to the stadium Friday.

“Honestly, we don’t have any tickets left for the Jets game,” said the person at the register at the stadium.

Tickets are only on sale by phone or on the web.

Many games sold out in just 10 minutes.

“Most people go online,” said Baker Koppelman, vice president of Ticket Sales and Operations. “That’s where they go the fastest. Online.”

But Johnson will get to see his team in action tomorrow during the only open-practice this season.

“I want to see Jimmy Smith,” Johnson. “I want to everything that’s going on. I want to see how Ray (Rice) looks out here at his age.”

“It just reminds people that football is back,” Koppelman said. “It’s a chance for the players to get out in the stadium and remind themselves that it’s coming and it’s going to be an exciting year.”

With training camp canceled due to the lockout, this will be the only public workout for the team. It’s first come-first serve and parking is free.

Last year, nearly 18,000 fans attended the open-practice. Tomorrow, they’re expecting a lot more.

The entire lower bowl is expected to fill with fans. Proof that football is back in Baltimore.

There are some tickets left to the Cleveland Browns game on Christmas Eve and the pre-season games. But it is a limited number. The Ravens will open their box office at the stadium on Monday.

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