There Are No Fans At Today's Baltimore Orioles Game, And Here's What It Feels Like

Following protests in the city, fans were prohibited, but the game will be played.

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.

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A board in the media room shows the attendance of the game.

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Chicago White Sox v Baltimore Orioles

This vendor removed food from concession stands.

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Baltimore Unrest Forces Orioles Play White Sox In An Empty Camden Yards

The staff still had to get the field ready, though.

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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

National Anthem playing to silence at Camden Yards #Orioles #Baltimore

— Kavitha A. Davidson (@kavithadavidson) April 29, 2015

Some fans have reportedly headed to a nearby hotel to try to watch the game

Fans watching today's closed #Orioles game from the fourth floor of the Hilton. Media up here too. #Baltimore

— Eduardo A. Encina (@EddieInTheYard) April 29, 2015

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?

— 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

— 3030 (@jose3030) April 29, 2015

Here's a third base line view of the field

View from the field. #Birdland

— Baltimore Orioles (@Orioles) April 29, 2015

Why not throw a ball in the stands?

Bizarre things are happening at the empty Camden Yards

— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) April 29, 2015

Despite the lack of fans, there was still seventh-inning Stretch

The park may be empty, but the 7th-inning stretch lives at #WhiteSox-#Orioles! Including John Denver (as usual here)

— Rachel Nichols (@Rachel__Nichols) April 29, 2015

So not much of a 7th inning stretch here @wusa9 8-2 #orioles

— David Owens (@DaveOwenssports) April 29, 2015

He's probably not having any success buying a ticket for today's game

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