The Baltimore Orioles Will Play The Chicago White Sox In An Empty Stadium Tomorrow

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After twice postponing Monday night’s game citing security reasons, the Baltimore Orioles and Chicago White Sox have agreed to meet for the first of their planned three-game series Wednesday afternoon, playing for an empty stadium at Camden Yards.

The decision came after the Orioles consulted with Major League Baseball and other officials about how to handle moving forward with the games in the midst of violent riots going on in Baltimore right now, reports the Chicago Tribune.

Protesters have taken to the streets this week after the funeral of a 25-year-old man who suffered a spinal injury while in police custody.

MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred said the Orioles had considered all options for the remaining two games, before deciding to make them up on May 28 in a single-admission doubleheader. There’s currently a citywide curfew in Baltimore starting at 10 p.m., meaning the games could have been moved to earlier in the day or played elsewhere.

Instead, fans with tickets to Monday’s game will get admission to the double-header, or can exchange those tickets for any home game this season. The game will still be televised, SB Nation points out, while the team is also moving a May 1-3 series against the Tampa Bay Rays to Tampa.

We reached out to the MLB to see if this kind of situation has any precedent, and will let you know if we hear back.

UPDATE: The MLB’s historian has confirmed it to the Baltimore Sun — this has never happened in the league’s history before.

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