As Baltimore continues to experience unrest in the wake of the death of 25-year-old Freddie Gray while in police custody, the city's baseball team will take the field for the first time since this weekend on Wednesday afternoon (Apr. 29).
The Baltimore Orioles are taking on the Chicago White Sox at Camden Yards -- with one major caveat: No fans will be allowed at the game.
"All of the decisions in Baltimore were driven first by the desire to insure the safety of fans, players, umpires and stadium workers," MLB commissioner Rob Manfred wrote in an email to The Associated Press, according to ESPN. "Only after we were comfortable that those concerns had been addressed did we consider competitive issues and the integrity of the schedule."
An MLB spokesman also told the network that they believed this was the first time ever that a game has been closed to the public.
"It's all about what's best for the city and the safety of our people," the Orioles' manager, Buck Showalter, said. "The last thing you want to do is put the fans in harm's way. You have to err on the side of safety."
The hallways of the stadium are empty.
A board in the media room shows the attendance of the game.
This vendor removed food from concession stands.
The staff still had to get the field ready, though.
Earlier in the day, a White Sox player made a joke about the unique game.
We are gonna do our best to take the crowd out of it early.. Wish us luck..— Adam Eaton (@AdamSpankyEaton) April 29, 2015
After pushback for allegedly making light of a tense situation, he offered an apology of sorts
Take it easy people. Just trying to lighten the mood. I have the up most respect for Baltimore and its people. Always have, always will.— Adam Eaton (@AdamSpankyEaton) April 29, 2015
The National Anthem appears to have begun the game, as is the case for all games
Some fans have reportedly headed to a nearby hotel to try to watch the game
One player, Caleb Joseph, was pretending to sign autographs before the game
They're playing music at the stadium, despite there being no fans.
An Orioles player, Chris Davis, hit a home run in the first inning, and the team was up 6-0 -- and you can almost make out some cheers
Even though fans can't get in, that didn't stop some from showing up
Locked out: Baltimore Fans watch home game from outside Camden Yards. A game with zero attendance? pic.twitter.com/9WoN0CqX5p— joe johns (@joejohnscnn) April 29, 2015
There are a few people in the stands, though: Reportedly MLB scouts
MLB Scouts at White Sox / Orioles game - Oriole Park at Camden Yards pic.twitter.com/tYiIWo68Vo— 3030 (@jose3030) April 29, 2015
Here's a third base line view of the field
Why not throw a ball in the stands?
Despite the lack of fans, there was still seventh-inning Stretch
He's probably not having any success buying a ticket for today's game