Reporting Rochelle Ritchie
BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Ravens fans got a special treat Sunday, watching the reigning Super Bowl champs practice at M&T Bank Stadium for free.
Rochelle Ritchie has more on what fans are expecting this year.
Purple fever is already in full effect. The season hasn’t officially kicked off just yet, but Ravens fans are expecting the team to be the Miami Heat of football with back-to-back championships.
Are you ready for some football? Ravens fans certainly are, as M&T Bank Stadium is once again filled with eager and anxious diehard fans.
“Man, this is an exciting day. I couldn’t wait. Ever since we won the Super Bowl I’ve been waiting for this to come back,” said Alex Clark.
For many, it’s the only chance they have at being this close to the players.
“It’s a great opportunity to come down. Free. Spend some time watching your favorite team and enjoying football. Me and my son,” said Arnell Carter.
Ravens supporters watch some of their favorite Super Bowl champs — like Joe Flacco and Terrell Suggs — with intensity to see just how prepared the Ravens are for another spectacular season.
Ravens fans say, despite losing some key players, they still expect the team to dominate on the field.
“Ozzie’s reloaded the whole team. We had a great draft. We have a lot of our core players coming back. I think we’re going to be hard to beat. And we have a great coach,” said Joe Radek.
“I think they can build a dynasty, if they continue to play… if Flacco plays well and they find the talent they’re looking for in the receiving core,” a young fan said.
For some, this is their first time to the stadium. After watching the team bring home the Lombardi, there’s no way they couldn’t come out and support the guys this year.
“It’s amazing, the people that come out to support them. It’s amazing. And I’m like, ‘You know, I can be a part of this,’” said Debra Grimes.
Before running to the locker room, the team made the day of some very young fans, signing autographs after practice.
Ravens fans say they’re hoping for another Super Bowl win, so we can all celebrate like its 2012 again.
According to the Ravens official Twitter account, 25,000 people were in attendance Sunday.
A third and final open practice will be held next week at Stevenson University.