We remember the empty seats from the 2017 season. They surprised many of us because we recall days when a seat was hard to come by, when brokers sold tickets well above face value; when a losing season didn’t seem to matter.
The Bank was always a packed house because Baltimore embraced its Ravens. We identified with the rugged, smash-mouth, blue-collar team. They were part of our community’s fabric. A cross-section of our collective DNA.
But that changed last season and many of us wondered how the Ravens could win back their fans.
For the moment, we don’t know. The first two games were played in the rain. The inclement weather persuaded many fans to gather in the concourse where they watched parts of each game on TVs. The empty seats were still plentiful but the playing conditions were not.
The next home game on the schedule is set for October 21 when the Ravens host the New Orleans Saints. Much is at stake. It will be the last time Drew Brees plays in Baltimore and during the game he is likely to add to his illustrious accomplishments. His next TD pass will be number 500.
Besides the sentimentality, the game will be important to both teams as the Ravens hopefully will look to improve to (5-2) on the season, provided they take care of business in Nashville as 3-point road favorites against the Titans.
There’s no reason for The Bank NOT to be packed on October 21st.
Recently I was alerted that the Ravens have reached out to fan groups of the Saints to let them know that tickets are available for the upcoming game. It hints of slight desperation from the Ravens marketing department.
So, if the Saints game features a slightly bi-partisan crowd and more “Who Dat” fans than otherwise expected, you can thank the Ravens sales execs who no longer enjoy the overwhelming adoration that once characterized fall Sundays in Baltimore.
Can that adoration return?
But as George Harrison once said, “It’s gonna take time. A whole lot of precious time.”