Ravens will open season on road as compromise with Orioles fails

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The NFL and the Baltimore Ravens will alter the Week 1 schedule by having the defending Super Bowl champions open the season on the road.

The Baltimore Orioles will not move their game against the Chicago White Sox on Thursday, Sept. 5, which means the Baltimore Ravens will open the season on the road. The Ravens were scheduled to open the 2013 NFL regular season at home on that same day, but they were not able to work out a solution to the scheduling conflict with the Orioles.

The Ravens and Orioles worked together to try to find a schedule configuration that would work for both organizations, but as the O's said in their official statement on the matter, "the parties jointly determined that even an earlier start time [to the baseball game] would still create such enormous logistical difficulties that it would greatly diminish the fan experience for both events which all parties realized would not be in the interest of their fans or the City."

Ravens president Dick Cass issued a statement thanking the Orioles for the cooperation, and noted that parking issues combined with rush hour traffic were among the factors that led to the decision to move the Ravens game.

The Ravens offered to compensate the Orioles for lost revenue as a result of moving the baseball game, but the club declined, citing larger problems associated with having a visiting team play a day game after traveling the night before. The possibility of moving the game to a Wednesday night was also floated, which the NFL did in 2012 to avoid conflict with the Democratic National Convention. The NFL ruled that option out because it's the first night of Rosh Hashanah.

The Ravens' Week 1 opponent has yet to be determined.

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