By Mary Bubala

BALTIMORE (WJZ)—The Ravens may have had a chance to rest before Sunday’s game, but some of their fans hit the field to gear up for the rest of the season.

Mary Bubala has more.

M&T Bank Stadium opens the gates to what has become “Ladies Night,” a purple evening that caters to female Ravens fans.

The event includes a variety of activities that entertain the most avid and knowledgeable fans, as well as those who are just looking for a girls night out.

“Just to be with the other women and the Ravens and my girlfriend Donna,” said Gloria Cooper-Blue, Ravens fan. “We are Baltimore City school teachers, and we needed to get out and support, have a good time.”

The event also offers access to player autographs.

“I went into the locker room, and I saw Ray Rice,” said one fan.

Some of the evening’s highlights include on-field activities to run plays and drills like the actual Ravens do.

“Catching the passes, running the ball. I’m the next Joe Flacco,” said Kim Parrish.

“That’s right. Sign her up,” said Laura Parrish.

And yes, sometimes there’s an injury on the field.

“Well, you know I went for the spike and the dance, and it just didn’t agree with me,” said Shelley Reft, Ravens fan.

There are also football 101 sessions, fan forums and exclusive stadium access.

This year’s purple evening was completely sold out.  This was its fifth year. Tickets go on sale at the beginning of each season.

Comments (6)
  1. Cindy says:

    Being an avid Ravens fan, I wanted to celebrate my 70th birthday at the Purple Evening, but could not get anyone to go with me (Shame on my daughter in law and step daughters). Finally, my sister said she would go with me, but by then the tickets were sold out. Maybe next year….if I live that long!

  2. Megan says:

    I was there, it was a blast! Would love to see the video of your coverage, please post!!!

  3. amanda says:

    I didn’t have the best time at the Purple Evening…

    1. we stood in line for ever for a wristband, then i picked the one time spot to get Nakamura’s autograph at 6, then we get there and they show up half hr later and Nakamura was a no show… so i spend money on a football to get signed and i got 2 people that are 3rd stringers…. and no Nakamura… very upset
    2. there was no free food, aptz, or drinks… no where to be found!!! like it said online
    3. many vendors were out of everything… including M&T Bank posters… if you know there is going to be 6,000 people, you should have that many, very upsetting
    4. we stood in line for everything, def to many people
    5. some players didn’t even care, we saw Michael Oher just storm passed people when they were just saying hi or get an autograph, least some players stopped and signed something…

    very upsetting, i hope Baltimore Ravens at least think about selling less tickets or having two nights or more things… very sad.

    1. Faith says:

      Amanda, the players DO have the right Stated on the signs for the autograph lines. Helps to read once in a while.
      No where did I read that there was free food other then Giant giving out samples. There was free LIMITED merch.

      I went to it and I had a great time but as always there’s always going to be someone that’s going to be unhappy about everything.

  4. Robin says:

    We always have a good time at this event but they need to mix it up next year.

    It really has not changed much except that it is getting more crowded, the drinks got WAY more expensive this year, the lines for EVERYTHING were ridiculously long and by the time we got to the table to get the wristbands for field drills the earliest we would have been able to get was at 9:15pm – too late when you have to work the next day! In past years, there were LOTS of giveaways and there were very few this year … but that could be a symptom of the economy.

    Great event but it needs a little more excitement next year to spark it up for those of us who attend every year.

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