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Ravens moving training camp to their Owings Mills HQ

The Baltimore Ravens announced Friday that they will permanently move their training camp to their Owings Mills headquarters.

The Ravens had trained at McDaniel College in Westminster since moving to Baltimore in 1996. But the team held its 2011 training camp in Owings Mills because of the National Football League lockout.

“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 here as opposed to McDaniel College or any other facility away from here,” Ravens President Dick Cass said in a statement.

The Ravens said they decided on the move after making the assessment that the team had outgrown the Westminster facilities, including the Best Western Hotel that housed players and personnel during training camp. The team concluded that the Owings Mills facility was better equipped for physical exercise and all-weather practice.

“From a football and team point of view, it’s an easy decision,” Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti said in the statement. “Personally, this is difficult. Some of my best memories as a kid are my family’s visits to the Colts’ training camp in Westminster. Part of my devotion to the game and the players who made it great and are heroes to many of us, started on those visits.

“We completely understand that this takes away an important part of our connection with our fans. I regret that. Hopefully, we can find other ways to continue this outreach. We’ll have more to say on this as we develop these programs.”

Fans are not allowed to attend practices at the Ravens’ headquarters. All of the training camp practices at McDaniel were open to the public.

“We are committed to having, at the minimum, three practices away from Owings Mills that would be open to the public with at least one of those at M&T Bank Stadium,” Cass said. “We will have smaller groups of fans at practices here [at Owings Mills] and will have other community activities that include access to players and coaches. We want to do something in Westminster, and we are discussing some ideas.”

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