A fourth-grade student from Pimlico Elementary/Middle School threw out the first pitch.

Aberdeen Mayor Mike Bennett, who was enjoying the game from the stadium concourse, pointed out it was the first big chance for the stadium to show off its new in-house concession stands, which are being operated by a subsidiary of Ripken Baseball.

The new food service includes spots like the Conrad's Crabs and Seafood deck and The Charred Rib, with barbecue and ribs, launched by the Ripken brothers to coincide with the IronBirds' 10th anniversary season.

Bennett said the concession service had just taken on a lot of interns, and the charity game was a good way to practice before the baseball season starts.


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Lines for the concession items grew fairly long as game time got closer, with at least one of the stands running out of fountain drinks shortly after the game started.

Some complaints were heard from patrons calling the wait "brutal" or unfair, but the lines died down somewhat after the game started and fans generally seemed happy.

For most of them, it was a nice day out with family or friends and a chance to see their favorite Ravens in a new venue.

"It's my birthday present," Rachel Plunkett, who came from Silver Spring with family, explained about the game.

Like many others, she was also hoping the Ravens stayed safe ahead of their real season.

"If any of them get injured, I would be really upset," she said.