The Baltimore Ravens announced today that they will not hold their training camp at McDaniel College next summer. The Ravens have instead decided to hold 2012’s training camp at the team facility in Owings Mills next year.
In a press release on the team’s website, Ravens President Dick Cass said, “We’ve had long, serious discussions about this decision, and, when all is said and done, we believe we can better prepare for the season by holding training camp [in Owings Mills] as opposed to McDaniel College or any other facility away from here. We wanted to let the officials at McDaniel and at the hotel (Best Western) know as soon as we made the decision.”
Cass also said, “We owe much thanks to the leadership at McDaniel for their patience as we came to this decision and for all the outstanding help they have given the Ravens through the years. They have been a great partner, often going out of their way to make sure we could prepare our team at a high, high level.”
The move, according to the release, was recommended by Ravens General Manager Ozzie Newsome, because of new restrictions on practices caused by the NFL’s new Collective Bargaining Agreement, as well as the existence of indoor practice facilities at the team’s headquarters in Owings Mills.
McDaniel had been the home of the Ravens’ summer practices since the team’s arrival in Baltimore in 1996. Training camp in Westminster was moved to Owings Mills this summer because of time constraints put on the team by the NFL lockout.
In a statement, McDaniel College said “We’ve had a wonderful association with the Ravens at McDaniel, and appreciate their commitment to the college and to Westminster. We respect
the decision of the Ravens organization, and are ready to welcome them back to McDaniel College if, and when, they decide to return their training camp here.”
This is a developing story. More information will be posted.