Baltimore glows purple at night. The Baltimore Ravens are a remarkable team; they’ve made it to the playoffs for the 5th year in a row! Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake has urged Baltimore to “light the city purple” for the Ravens. The trend started a few years ago and has really taken hold as we’ve had several years to perfect it.
Speaking of the mayor, here's City Hall. Monuments and historical buildings around town are up-lit at night, most of the year it's standard white lights. When the Ravens are in the NFL Playoffs, purple filters are attached to the lights.
In the Mt. Vernon district, Baltimore's Washington Monument glows purple at night. The wash of purple light on the white marble casts George Washington as a Ravens fan of sorts. This monument was the first in the nation to George Washington, it was constructed between 1815-1829 predating the Washington Monument in DC by nearly 50 years.
The purple glow from the Transamerica Tower plaza is a fun surprise for Ravens fans around the Inner Harbor. This 40 story skyscraper completed in 1973 is the tallest building in Maryland. This building is formerly known as the Legg Mason building, the firm moved their location to Baltimore's Harbor East neighborhood.
Across the Harbor the new Legg Mason tower has purple up-lighting. The signage on the top of the building has gone purple as well. The pink neon sign to the right on the building is the famous domino sugar sign which was the largest neon sign in the world at one time. The reflections of Baltimore's illuminated skyline on the Inner Harbor is always captivating.
While we don't get a a home playoff game, the Ravens M&T Bank Stadium gets in on the purple nighttime illumination. (*I was not driving when this photo was taken!) This stadium is located just off I-95 so every truck and car that passes Baltimore can see that Baltimore glows purple at night.
Clear Channel Outdoor has gotten in on the action by rallying the fans for our upcoming AFC Championship game versus Tom Brady and the New England Patriots this Sunday January 20, 2013. The winner of this game goes to the Superbowl in New Orleans. For Ravens fans this is truly the rematch we've been waiting for as we lost the AFC championship game to New England last year. After beating Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos last week in Denver, in overtime, in freezing cold temperatures, the Ravens are poised to upset the Patriots. As per usual, most of the sports media has us as the underdogs.
This season is extra special for Ravens fans as our beloved #52 linebacker Ray Lewis has announced his retirement. We all hope that he can exit the game with another shot at the Superbowl. Ravens fever has gripped Baltimore hard this week, it's a wonder anyone can focus on anything but football. As we await Sundays big game, Baltimore glows purple at night. GO RAVENS!!
***Update**** We did it! The Ravens won the Superbowl!!!!!!