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Ravens, 49ers share practice field at Saints facility

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick and teammate Frank Gore stand with head coach Jim Harbaugh during a NFL Super Bowl XLVII football practice in New Orleans Reuters

The Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers shared the same practice at the same time Thursday at the New Orleans Saints practice facility.

According to John Clayton of ESPN.com, Ravens head coach John Harbaugh elected to move their team’s practice from the baseball field at Tulane University where they held practice on Wednesday to the Saints headquarters that has been housing the 49ers.

The NFL partnered with the Saints and local businesses to obtain enough drapes to create a partition between the two sides of the practice field. They also blocked off the windows from the weight room as did everything they could to create two separate and secure practice venues. John and Jim Harbaugh worked together to devise a plan for each team to get the space and time needed to prepare.

Per Clayton, the practices only overlapped by approximately 10 minutes.

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27 Responses to “Ravens, 49ers share practice field at Saints facility”
  1. ravensdominate says: Jan 31, 2013 10:20 PM

    Hmmm interesting how the media is attacking Baltimore and at the same time the Ravens have had to practice on a baseball field while San Fran is given every luxury. All the haters out there are only going to make our victory that much sweeter. Ravens by 2 scores.

  2. ravensdominate says: Jan 31, 2013 10:22 PM

    Can’t stand the media and can’t stand all you haters. Understand that Ravens fans love Ray Lewis and all our players and we could care less what you all think. We would have it no other way. GO RAVENS!

  3. transam7816 says: Jan 31, 2013 10:25 PM

    I don’t think they shared the same practice

  4. ravensdominate says: Jan 31, 2013 10:27 PM

    If the patriots were in this Super Bowl (and didn’t get dominated by Baltimore) they couldn’t do this… For obvious reasons…

  5. iceicebaby32 says: Jan 31, 2013 10:27 PM

    First practicing on a baseball field and then having to share a practice field with the opposing team?

    New Orleans had how long to prepare for this?

  6. supremekingz says: Jan 31, 2013 10:47 PM

    Sounds cool

  7. delintzman says: Jan 31, 2013 10:49 PM

    what cutting edge news from the big game!! Are you all tapped out on stories? How about some insight on the actual game?

  8. croghan1919 says: Jan 31, 2013 10:52 PM

    Its hard to believe that they could not find a seperate facility within a metro area of 2 million people.

  9. nmking26 says: Jan 31, 2013 10:52 PM

    In a few years we’ll hear about “Drapegate”

  10. raiderlyfe510 says: Jan 31, 2013 10:55 PM

    What a joke.

    Helping a team prepare to beat you. Like this is a scrimmage that they’re about play Sunday.

    Theres absolutely no reason to assist a team prepare to beat you. This is the Superbowl. How could Jim Harbaugh even look his players in the eyes. That man is assisting another team prepare to beat them. That’s a farce.

    I’m not even interested in watching this Superbowl anymore. who cares who wins or loses. Too bad the Falcons couldn’t make it.

  11. canetic says: Jan 31, 2013 11:01 PM

    Bill Belichick wishes he would have thought of that.

  12. cubano76 says: Jan 31, 2013 11:16 PM

    Why were they practicing on a baseball field to begin with?

  13. reasonablemindsays says: Jan 31, 2013 11:17 PM

    They would not have done this if the Patriots had made the Superbowl.

    I can already imagine Belichick putting on a fake mustache and trying to peak around the curtains.

  14. ravenator says: Jan 31, 2013 11:24 PM

    Good sportsmanship. Tulane, NO Saints practice facility. Makes no difference. Destiny will take place. Bet on it.

  15. necr0philia says: Jan 31, 2013 11:32 PM

    It’s good to see the brothers still play nice together…. Until the Super Bowl that is!

  16. raiderinva says: Jan 31, 2013 11:38 PM

    Although this is ground breaking and only occurred because two brothers are running the show….

    I highly doubt that anything but stretching to warm up and stretching to cool down took place while both team were there.

    I also highly doubt that anything new was installed and only warm ups and basic drills were run by both teams. They are after all not the Raiders, who would be the only team to change the game plan on the Friday night before the Super Bowl. Even still its not Friday night yet.

  17. joeyb3878 says: Jan 31, 2013 11:45 PM

    Moving on

  18. vincentbojackson says: Feb 1, 2013 12:07 AM

    So the NFL went to the trouble of locating and installing these enormous drapes for a 10 minute practice overlap?

    Makes sense.

  19. evilbilly3 says: Feb 1, 2013 12:40 AM

    Is this because of a lack of facilities, or because they are brothers? New Orleans never had this problem before. When a hurricane hit Houston, The Saints gave their practice facility to Houston in the preseason. The Saints used LSU Tiger stadium to play after Katrina, there are more than enough places to practice. I hope this doesn’t become an issue.

  20. eastsideballa says: Feb 1, 2013 12:59 AM

    What’s with all security? It’s not like Bill Bellichick is there.

  21. yssupasigninnamnotyep says: Feb 1, 2013 1:16 AM

    Bill Belicheat is flabbergasted.

  22. giants56 says: Feb 1, 2013 6:48 AM

    Brotherly love.

  23. ravenmuscle says: Feb 1, 2013 6:54 AM

    Belichick was probably hiding in th rafters videotaping both practices.

  24. benroethlisberger7 says: Feb 1, 2013 7:32 AM

    What a joke.

  25. jbl429 says: Feb 1, 2013 9:20 AM

    Bill Belichick wishes he thought of this idea sooner.

  26. fanofevilempire says: Feb 1, 2013 10:00 AM

    This was all planned by Goodell because of the cheating Patriots. He is showing that the taping thing was not that important because we have two teams practicing at the same place so I did the right thing. I will tell you just like Marshall Faulk, the patriots trophies should be confiscated and the Championship vacated.

  27. johnclaytonsponytail says: Feb 1, 2013 10:10 AM

    Let these teams practice in a top notch facility. A couple blocks from my house. Today’s black and gold day in the city. Showing the visitors what the Saints community is all about. Who dat!!!

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