Rays release weekend info
The Orioles would have preferred to swap a series with Tampa Bay and make up this weekend’s set in July in Baltimore, but they couldn’t get the Rays to agree on that. Instead, the three games being played at Tropicana Field –which will be $15 a ticket as general admissions–will be a huge revenue hit to Baltimore.
Moved due to safety concerns over the riots in downtown Baltimore, the O’s will get the ticket and concession money this weekend at Tropicana Field, which isn’t expected to be much. They will also have to pay for staffing and any other expense costs. As the home team, the Orioles will wear white and bat second and the Rays will not have their usual in-game entertainment aimed at the home crowd. It will be weird, to say the lease.
There was some thought to playing at a closer neutral site, like DC, but that never got close. Keep in mind, that MLB steps in during these events and helps coordinate things. You have to wonder if they will find a way to help the Oriole recoup basically a lost week of revenue.
Today’s game, after two postponements, won’t have a crowd although it will be on television, and radio. I will also be there covering the game, so look for updates on Twitter and my Facebook page. (https://www.facebook.com/brittghiroli).
The drive in to the stadium and the press box will have an eerie feel today. For everyone’s sake, and for things much bigger than the game of baseball, I hope this ends soon. Baltimore has been my home since taking the O’s beat in 2010 and it’s a proud, strong city. Seeing people on the news and reading about the efforts to help was a welcome reprieve from the riot coverage. Stay safe, stay strong everyone.