BALTIMORE, Maryland –
Owners for the Baltimore Orioles say that having to play a game in a completely empty stadium is just par for the course, and that having no fans in the stadium is just ‘business as usual’ for the team.
“We don’t have a lot of fans as it is,” says Orioles owner Joe Goldsmith. “We’re not the Yankees or the Red Sox. We don’t have fans paying tons of money to see our players and our team lose over and over again. The fact that we had to play to an empty stadium? Well, that’s pretty normal for us.”
The Orioles were forced to play a game that, although televised, was played to a completely closed-down stadium due to riots and violence erupting on the streets of Baltimore.
“We’ve never had to close the stadium before and lock people out of seeing the game, but on any normal day, it’s pretty much empty, anyway,” said Goldsmith. “I only hope that the riots end before the next game scheduled at home. We did lose a couple bucks on concession and beer sales that day.”