For Immediate Release
Contact: Maryland Stadium Authority, (410) 333-1560
BALTIMORE, MD (January 13) In preparation for the Ravens playoff game on Sunday, M&T Bank Stadium is flying for the first time the commemorative 15-star, 15-stripe American flag a replica of the Star-Spangled Banner that inspired Francis Scott Key to write the National Anthem following the all-night British bombardment of Fort McHenry in 1814.
"Maryland is the birthplace of the National Anthem," said Governor Martin OMalley. "As we launch the National Bicentennial of the War of 1812 in Maryland, we can be proud to see the flag flying for the world to see during the Ravens game on Sunday."
In compliance with the Governor's request for all State-owned facilities to fly the flag most associated with the National Anthem, the Maryland Stadium Authority earlier raised one over the Veterans Memorial in Camden Yards. The Ravens victory on New Years Day, which brought another home game to Baltimore, presented the opportunity for a national audience to see the Maryland tribute to the 1812 Bicentennial.
"Hosting the NFL playoff is an exciting opportunity for us in Baltimore," noted Stadium Authority Chairman John Morton III. "We hope our fans and those watching the game take note of our pride in the role this city played defending our nation at such a critical time. Our pride is part of the Baltimore spirit, which you still see today and which you will certainly feel in the stadium Sunday."
To learn more about the National Bicentennial in Maryland, visit www.starspangled200.com. To purchase a your own commemorative 15-star, 15-stripe American flag, visit F.W. Haxel Flag Co.'s web site: www.fwhaxel.com/.