Union signs off on stadium improvements



The NFL Players Association last week signed off on a league waiver that will allow the Ravens to make $9 million in capital improvements to M&T Bank Stadium over a three-year period.

Club president Dick Cass said the improvements actually began a year ago with work on the suite level and south side of the club level.

The north side of the club level is also targeted for work, he said.

The waiver process allows the Ravens to recoup $3 million of the $9 million budgeted cost. The NFL approved the team's request for the credit last May.

NFLPA executive director Gene Upshaw said this week that the union approved waivers for stadiums of three teams - the Ravens, Atlanta Falcons and Carolina Panthers.

Also, it has been learned that rookie safety Haruki Nakamura will be able to attend the Ravens' minicamps because he has graduated from the University of Cincinnati.

It was originally believed Nakamura would have to miss most of the offseason camps because of an NFL-NCAA rule prohibiting players from participating until their colleges had concluded exams.

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