After the last two games were postponed in the wake of the ongoing riots in Baltimore, an unprecedented spectacle is in the works for this afternoon. With safety as a continued concern, the Baltimore Orioles will play Wednesday’s afternoon game against the Chicago White Sox in an empty Camden Yards. It will be the first time in the history of Major League Baseball that a game is played without fans in attendance. The game will take place in front of 45,000+ empty seats. With no fans to cheer on the Orioles, the home team advantage will likely be muted.
After two postponed games, the riots had cut into the Orioles’ schedule enough to pose a serious problem, and the decision to play in an empty Camden Yards was made by the Orioles organization, and the MLB, along with law enforcement. It was agreed that avoiding any possibility of civil discord would be advisable.
According to a team spokesman, media, scouts, and employees will be allowed to attend. The event is sure to garner plenty of media attention around the nation.