Yes, the first game of the NFL season should have been played in Baltimore but there's no reason now to go into all of that. All that matters is that Baltimore celebrates the opening of the season as champs. And why should this be in a girl geeks posting? One NFL study said that 44% of the fans were women and that 20 % are involved with fantasy football. And here in Baltimore there is more shopping for clothes between the championship shirts and new jerseys because of all the players that have left. Here's some of the kickoff events:
NFL Kickoff Community Legacy Project: Former Ravens like Jamal Lewis and Duane Starks join volunteers for a community-service project at Hilton Elementary near Ashburton on Wednesday from 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake also there, as they celebrate the school's success as identified by the Ravens and the National Dairy Council in the Fuel Up to Play 60 program.
Kickoff Village: The NFL Kickoff Village open to fans on Wednesday from 10 a.m.-10 p.m. and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 8:15 p.m. The fan zone, free and open to the public, is located at the Harborplace Amphitheater, where NFL legends are on hand both days to sign autographs for fans.
NFL Kickoff 2013 Concert: Grammy Award-winning country singer Keith Urban is to perform live, with activities beginning at 6:00 p.m. (ET) on Thursday, September 5 for “NFL KICKOFF 2013 PRESENTED BY PEPSI,” the NFL’s 11th anniversary Kickoff celebration to kick off the season and celebrate the Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens. The event is free and open to the public. Urban will perform from a floating stage barge in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor adjacent to the Maryland Science Center. The event will include music, fireworks, a showing of “America’s Game: 2012 Baltimore Ravens,” and a water light show.
Concert goers can enter the concert site at the Baltimore Visitor Center on Light Street at Conway Street or off of Key Highway between the Science Center and Rash Field. The entrances will open to the public beginning at 6pm on Thursday, September 5. You may view the concert from the general public viewing areas, which are adjacent to the Maryland Science Center and are directly in front of the stage. Access to the general public viewing areas is first come, first served. Guests also may enjoy the concert from West Shore Park and along the Inner Harbor promenade. If planning to attend the event, you should follow @NFL345 on Twitter for the most up-to-date concert details.
Simulcast coverage of the 60-minute pregame show will air from 7:30 to 8:30 PM ET on NBC and NFL Network. The show leads into the season opener between the Ravens and the Denver Broncos at Sport Authority Field at Mile High (NBC, NBCSports.com, Westwood One Radio Sports, 8:30 PM ET).