When the Orioles welcome fans back to Oriole Park at Camden Yards for Thursday’s home opener, it’ll mark a milestone in the return to normalcy.
It’s been 18 1/2 months since spectators took in a game at the ballpark, the last time being Sept. 22, 2019, due to the coronavirus pandemic. The Orioles played without fans during the shortened 2020 season and opened 2021 with a six-game road trip through Boston and New York.
They return home Thursday to face the Red Sox at 3:05 pm ET, free on MLB.TV. Here is everything you need to know about the game:
Veteran right-hander Matt Harvey gets the ball for his second Orioles start, after making his team debut last weekend at Fenway Park. Red Sox lefty and former O’s farmhand Eduardo Rodriguez opposes for Boston.
The game will be televised on MASN and MLB.TV and broadcast on radio on 105.7 The Fan and the Orioles Radio Network.
Or, of course, you might be attending in person.
Just how many fans are attending?
The Orioles are allowing 25 percent capacity crowds to begin the year, which comes out to around 11,000 fans per game. Tickets for the home opener were available exclusively to Birdland Membership holders.
Gates open at 2:05 p.m ET., with pregame ceremonies scheduled to start at 2:30 p.m.
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