Ravens weigh Towson St., W. Md. as training sites Visits set for today

selection likely by May

April 18, 1996|By Gary Lambrecht | Gary Lambrecht,SUN STAFF

The Baltimore Ravens will conduct their training camp this summer at either Towson State University or Western Maryland College, and a group of team officials, led by owner Art Modell, will visit both campuses today.

Bob Eller, the team's director of operations and information, said site should be selected before the end of the month.

"We've got to do it soon," Modell said. "We've got to prepare ourselves, and it takes time. We may have to do something to the fields. We have to line up a caterer, make sure the rooms are proper for our players, much more than just walking out on the field."

Training camp will begin July 17 or 18, and the team will break camp about four weeks later.

"We're so behind schedule with everything," added Modell, looking out his office window at the team's Owings Mills training complex, as crews worked to get the fields in shape for a two-week minicamp that begins a week from tomorrow.

"For me to be sitting here two or three days before the draft, saying we don't have a training camp site, is ludicrous."

Eller has checked out the facilities at Towson State and Western Maryland, and said the Ravens have not started negotiating with either school. Eller added that each school probably will have to juggle some field-use commitments to its fall sports teams and/or summer camps to accommodate the Ravens.

"We'll have to be flexible as well," said Eller, who added he does not have a clear preference between the two schools. "They'll both work. We just need to evaluate the facilities further and then we'll get down to crossing T's and dotting I's."

Modell said he was not sure how much of a contractual commitment the team would make initially to the school with the winning bid.

"I'd prefer to try it for a year to see how it works out," he said. "I wouldn't want to get married for too long until we knew that it was the best place for us."

Western Maryland played host to the Baltimore Colts for 21 camps, until 1971. More recently, Towson State was the two-year training camp site for the Stallions, Baltimore's former Canadian Football League team.

Pub Date: 4/18/96

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