Ravens paint crew member Don Follett of Baltimore hand paints… (Photo by Phil Grout )
UPDATED — The Baltimore Ravens may have decided not to hold training camp in Westminster, but the team was in town this week to leave its mark on the Carroll County nevertheless.
On Tuesday, Jan. 10, members of the Ravens' grounds crew visited the Best Western Hotel near McDaniel College to paint the team's logo on a hillside along Route 140.
The crew was joined by Ravens front office staff, team mascot “Poe” and fans who came by to see the large logo take shape.
The event to paint the town purple – literally — was in anticipation of the AFC divisional playoff game against the Houston Texans today, Sunday, Jan. 15, at M&T Bank Stadium.
The logo event in Carroll County was one of several around the Baltimore region.
Despite the loss of the team's annual training camp at McDaniel College, Westminster city officials and others have stressed that the town still supports the Ravens organization.
Last month, the City of Westminster, Ravens Roost 115 and McDaniel College hosted a parade and presented the Ravens with the “Heart of Westminster” award.
As the Ravens' playoff run neared, that support has taken momentum. For the past week, local residents have been leaving messages for the Ravens in a special mailbox at the Giant Food store at Cranberry Square in Westminster.
The Ravens had set up the mailboxes so fans could drop off notes — which were collected on Wednesday, and posted at the team's Owings Mills headquarters on Thursday. (The drive will continue for the duration of the playoff run.)
The Giant was also scheduled to host a rally on Jan. 13.
And not to be outdone, the Board of County Commissioners this week expressed its Ravens support, releasing a proclamation declaring Jan. 15 as “Baltimore Ravens Day” in Carroll County.
“The Baltimore Ravens have run, tackled, kicked, passed, blocked and sacked their way into the hearts of Carroll County residents,” read the commissioners' proclamation.
In addition, the commissioners said, the team has, “shown our community what can result from hard work, persistent dedication, a love of sport and teamwork.”