Baltimore City baseball championship to be held at Camden Yards

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and Councilman Brandon M. Scott announced Tuesday that beginning this year, the Baltimore City Public Schools baseball championship will be held at Camden Yards.

The title game will take place at 2:05 p.m. on May 5. Admission is free. Gates will open at 1 p.m. with parking available in lots B and C.

"Playing the biggest game of the year at the greatest baseball stadium in the country is a priceless opportunity for our student-athletes," Rawlings-Blake said in a news release. "I am grateful to the Orioles for being a great partner and supporting our community."

The Orioles’ partnership with the city is part of Major League Baseball’s Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI) initiative. Scott is working with the Mayor’s Office of Neighborhoods and the city’s Department of Recreation and Parks so that Little League teams from across the city can attend the championship game.

"This event highlights perfectly the positive impact that Oriole Park -- the ballpark that forever changed baseball -- has had on our neighborhood and our comminuty," said Doug Duennes, the Orioles' executive vice president of business operations. "Hosting Baltimore City's baseball championship will be a highlight for the ballclub, and we welcome the opportunity to utilize our ballpark for this important community event.

Orioles center fielder Adam Jones also attended the news conference where the partnership was announced Tuesday morning. (See video above.)

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