Ravens holding night practice at stadium

BALTIMORE -- The Baltimore Ravens will hold their first practice of this year's training camp at M&T Bank Stadium on Monday night. The workout is set to begin at 7 p.m. ET, and fireworks will follow the practice.

Coach John Harbaugh said there are a couple of reasons for moving practice from team headquarters to the stadium for one night. It not only allows the Ravens to connect with thousands of fans (it's free to attend) but it presents another challenge for the younger players.

"We get the guys who’ve never been at M&T Bank before, get them in the locker room, get them on the turf, feel what the environment feels like – especially at night – because the first preseason games are going to be at night," Harbaugh said. "So, that’s another step in the right direction; it amps up the intensity of the practice. If you perform well out here now, can you perform well in that environment?"

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