The Baltimore Orioles’ Next Home Game Will Be Completely Closed To The Public Following Mass Protests

The Baltimore Orioles will play their next game in an empty stadium.

After a day filled with mass protests over the death of Freddie Gray, the city of Baltimore is trying to pick up the pieces in the face of civil unrest.

Just a few miles away from the action, the Baltimore Orioles were forced to close down Camden Yards and postpone yesterday’s and today’s games against the Chicago White Sox.

However, while the protests are slowly starting to die down, it looks like it might be awhile before O’s fans actually see any MLB action in Maryland.

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In an official statement, the team announced that they would be pushing their Wednesday night game to an earlier afternoon slot. But the real shock came when they announced the game would be COMPLETELY closed to the public.

MLB commissioner Rob Manfred commented on the decision, saying:

“After conversations with the Orioles and local officials, we believe that these decisions are in the best interests of fan safety and the deployment of city resources. Our thoughts are with all those who have been affected by violence in Baltimore, and everyone in our game hopes for peace and the safety of a great American city.”

The Orioles have also announced that they will be relocating their upcoming weekend series against the Tampa Bay Rays to St. Petersburg, Florida.

From what we can tell, the game will still be televised as it normally is at 2:05pm ET, but fans can expect to see the O’s and White Sox playing in a completely empty stadium.

[Image via AP Images.]

Apr 28, 2015 6:00pm PDT

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