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Professional Sports in Baltimore

Baltimore Brigade is latest team to join Charm City’s stable of sports that also includes the Orioles, Ravens and Blast

Baltimore loves its “B” sports teams. We’ve got our well-known birds (MLB Orioles and NFL Ravens), as well as professional indoor soccer team the Baltimore Blast. Now the city welcomes the Baltimore Brigade, the newest team in the Arena Football League. The Brigade begins its inaugural season in April 2017.

All of the city’s professional sports teams play downtown, steps from the picturesque Inner Harbor and dozens of attractions. Below is a guide to Baltimore’s teams to help fans learn more about the city’s strong sports scene.

 

Baltimore Brigade

League: Arena Football League
Season: April-August 2017
Colors: Navy blue and silver
Arena: Royal Farms Arena, 201 W. Baltimore St.
Info: http://www.baltimoreafl.com

Featuring a lineup of former NFL players, the Brigade will bring fast-paced, high-scoring indoor football to the city’s Royal Farms Arena downtown. The team’s owner, Monumental Sports and Entertainment, this year is also debuting a team in Washington, D.C., the Valor, to build on a Baltimore-D.C. rivalry. The Brigade opens its season in D.C. against the Valor and ends its season at home against them. The Brigade is the first Baltimore franchise in the AFL, and one of five teams in the league overall. Games are Fridays and Saturdays, with the home opener against the Tampa Bay Storm on May 7. The team plays at Royal Farms Arena., which was built in 1961 on the site of Old Congress Hall, the meeting place of the 1776 Continental Congress.

What’s in a name: The Brigade’s name is inspired by Baltimore’s strong military history, especially during the Civil War and War of 1812. The thoughtful logo reflects the stone walls of Fort McHenry as well as the formstone facades popular on Baltimore row houses.

 

Baltimore Blast

League: Major Arena Soccer League
Season: November 2016-March 2017
Colors: Red, black, white and yellow
Arena: Royal Farms Arena, 201 W. Baltimore St.
Info: http://www.baltimoreblast.com

The eight-time champions in the 22-team national indoor soccer league have been entertaining fans with action-packed games for more than three decades. A typical indoor game features end-to-end-action resulting in about 60 shots and 11 goals per game in four 15-minute quarters. The Blast hosts special promotional nights, including a mini ball giveaway for the first 1,000 fans ages 14 and younger and a bobblehead doll giveaway.

What’s in a name: Not only is the Baltimore Blast alliterative, but the name pays homage to the city’s history as the birthplace of “The Star-Spangled Banner,” based on the poem by Francis Scott Key that was inspired by the “rockets’ red glare” during the War of 1812.

 

Baltimore Orioles

League: Major League Baseball
Season: April-September 2017
Colors: Orange, black and white
Stadium: Oriole Park at Camden Yards, 333 W. Camden St.
Info: http://baltimore.orioles.mlb.com

The Orioles, more affectionately known as the Birds or the O's to the city's serious fans, play games in downtown Baltimore at Oriole Park at Camden Yards, which built in 1992, led the trend as the first of the downtown retro ballparks. Visitors can experience the stadium as an insider on a tour of Oriole Park throughout the year. Baltimore is also the birthplace of one of the greatest players in history – George Herman “Babe” Ruth, Jr., whose childhood home can still be visited just a short walk from Camden Yards.

What’s in a name: The Orioles are named after the orange-and-black state bird of Maryland, the Baltimore oriole, which received its name from the resemblance of the male's colors to those on the coat-of-arms of Lord Baltimore.

 

Baltimore Ravens

League: National Football League
Season: September-December 2017
Colors: Purple, black, gold and white
Stadium: M&T Bank Stadium, 1101 Russell St.
Info: http://www.baltimoreravens.com

In the fall and winter, fans swarm M&T Bank Stadium, which is so close to Oriole Park at Camden Yards in downtown Baltimore, the two sports meccas share a parking lot. Football fanatics will know that Baltimore's first pro-football team was the Baltimore Colts, who played at Memorial Stadium from 1953 to 1983. After a 13-year absence of a football team, the Ravens emerged in 1996 when the Cleveland Browns moved to Baltimore. The young team has two Super Bowl championships (2001, 2013) and a fierce following that bleeds purple.

What’s in a name: The Ravens’ name was chosen in honor of Edgar Allan Poe’s poem, “The Raven,” which is believed to have been written in the 1830s when Poe lived in Baltimore. Experience the city’s strong connection to Poe by visiting the house where he lived, the gravesite where he’s buried, and seeing some of his rare manuscripts at the Enoch Pratt Library.

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