Prior to this Sunday's Ravens-Steelers game (Dec. 5 at 8:20 p.m.), the Baltimore Ravens and Verizon Wireless will provide over 71,000 fans with purple rally towels as they enter the gates of M&T Bank Stadium.
The Ravens are encouraging fans to wear all purple and wave their towel for the nationally-televised NBC Sunday Night Football broadcast.
"Verizon Wireless joins Baltimore Ravens fans with this great show of team support, and we encourage all to display these towels to cheer our team on during Sunday's game," said Mike Maiorana, regional president of Verizon Wireless.
"Our fans are dedicated and extremely passionate – especially when it comes to playing the rival Steelers," Ravens vice president of corporate sales and partnerships Mark Burdett stated. "M&T Bank Stadium boasts one of the NFL's premier home-field advantages, and our players feed off our fans' energy. We're excited to see everyone wave their towel proudly, so a sea of purple will be on display for the national audience."
Fans are encouraged to arrive in their seats at least 10 minutes prior to the 8:20 p.m. kickoff. "When our players are introduced, it will be a great scene at the stadium and on NBC-TV. We'll have that 'wall of purple' Coach [John] Harbaugh brags about," Burdett added.
The Ravens have seen great success at M&T Bank Stadium under Harbaugh, who is 17-4 in Baltimore. That includes a perfect record so far in 2010. Over the past three seasons, the Ravens have rushed for an NFL-high 148.8 yards per game and 30 rushing touchdowns.
Defensively, the Ravens have allowed a stingy 12.5 points per home game since 2008, the league's top mark. And, the Ravens have outscored teams 545-263 at home with Harbaugh at the helm.