Baltimore Ravens Will Stay On West Coast During Road Trips


The Baltimore Ravens home is generally the Under Armour Performance Center and M&T Bank Stadium, but this season they will set up their home base on the West Coast for two seperate road trips.

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Head Coach John Harbaugh announced after the conclusion of the team’s mandatory minicamp on Thursday that the Ravens will stay out west for a total of 20 days during the two road trips. They will stay for nine days between Week 1 and Week 2, and another 11 between Week 6 and Week 7.

The regular season opener against the Denver Broncos is on Sept. 13, but with their Week 2 matchup in Oakland, the Ravens will stay in nearby San Jose for the Sept. 20 game against the Raiders.

A few weeks later, they will fly to San Francisco for the Week 6 contest against the 49ers. They will then stay in Arizona in preparation for the Oct. 26 game against the Cardinals on Monday Night Football.

The purpose of the extended stays is to relieve some of the stress that comes along with traveling out west. The change in time zone is known to hinder players’ sleeping patterns.

The Ravens have a tough schedule in the first half of the season with the scheduled road trips in addition to three divisional contests. They will be on the road for five of their first seven games. Things get much easier once they return from Arizona, with six games at home and the bye week to finish out the season.

The team will also be on the road for joint training camp practices with the Philadelphia Eagles before their Week 3 matchup in the preseason. While the drive up I-95 is a rather short one, that is a lot of time away from home in two months.

They are saving themselves thousands of miles by staying out west rather than flying home. Hopefully the team wasn’t hoping to earn a bunch of frequent flyer points. They’ll trade those for wins.

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