The Baltimore Orioles announced Tuesday that the team's Wednesday game against the Chicago White Sox will be closed to the public. So basically, they are going to be playing in front of an empty stadium.
The lonely, sad event will be the first such closed-door game in MLB history, according to Buzzfeed.
The game will begin at 2:05 p.m. ET. The team additionally moved a three-game series against the Tampa Bay Rays, which is set to take place May 1-3, to Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida. The Orioles will retain the benefits of the home team during that series.
Tomorrow’s game between the Orioles and the Chicago White Sox will begin at 2:05 p.m. ET and will be closed to the public.— Baltimore Orioles (@Orioles) April 28, 2015
Orioles announcement regarding schedule changes pic.twitter.com/nwCDyqjzWs— Baltimore Orioles (@Orioles) April 28, 2015
Some people have questions:
So many questions...will there be a PA announcer? National anthem? 7th inning stretch?— Matt Leland (@MattLeland) April 28, 2015
Protests have consumed the city of Baltimore in recent days, as demonstrators and police officers have faced off in the aftermath of the death of Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old man who died this month in police custody. The Orioles decided during a Saturday game to temporarily disallow patrons from leaving the stadium because of the protests. As many as 20 police officers have been injured during the protests.