The rest of the country was taken aback by the spirit shown by Baltimore, as an estimated 200,000 people thronged downtown for the Ravens championship parade on Tuesday. Also taken by surprise: city and team officials, who were woefully unprepared for the sheer number of people who showed up—especially the more-than-capacity crowd that descended on M&T Bank Stadium.
Owner Steve Bisciotti said he expected 30,000 people to attend the free ceremony at the stadium, and that they expected to maybe have to open the upper deck. Instead it quickly became standing-room only, with fans spilling onto the field, and the Ravens had to close the gates. We saw a hint of the pandemonium with this video of fans scaling the outside of the stadium to get in, but it sounds like things were a little Thunderdomish in there.