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Orioles Opening Week


Opening Day is still April 6. The home team is still the Baltimore Orioles. If you don't have one yet, the chance of getting a ticket for the first game is still nil.

But yesterday, the Orioles joined city and state officials at the new ballpark to announce a consolation prize for fans shut out of the opening game -- an Opening Week celebration.

Events scheduled for Opening Week are listed below, accompanied by short descriptions.

Lunchtime at the ballpark

April 2, 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

All are invited to an open house at the ballpark, but the event is targeted at downtown office workers who can drop over and eat lunch while they savor baseball vistas. Don't plan on sampling the new ballpark menu that day. As yet, there is no information

whether food stands will be open for business.

Welcome-home pep rally

April 2, 7 p.m.

Say hello to the Orioles, who should be well-rested and have deep tans. The team will leave its spring-training base in Florida and fly to Baltimore-Washington International Airport. From there, team members will be taken by bus directly to the parking lot just south of the new ballpark, where they are expected to wave and smile a lot.

Orioles vs. Mets exhibition game

April 3, 3:05 p.m.

Witness the first intentional walk ever granted at the new ballpark. Added bonus: Meet and greet former Oriole Eddie Murray, who now wears a New York Mets uniform. The Orioles take on the Mets in the first game played at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. The Orioles have not announced ticket prices or how they plan to sell seats for the game.

Orioles vs. Red Sox exhibition game at RFK Stadium

April 4, 1:35 p.m.

Finally, practice ends. The Orioles complete the exhibition season in Washington against a team they will see again -- the Boston Red Sox, rivals in the American League East. The Orioles say they will announce ticket prices and availability for this game soon.

"Base Ball"

April 4, 7 p.m.

Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke and Gov. William Donald Schaefer are the hosts of a lavish party in the luxurious club lounge at the new ballpark. How lavish? Tickets are $125 per person. The event benefits the Babe Ruth Birthplace Foundation and Orioles Children's Charities. Call the Babe Ruth Birthplace at (410) 727-1539.

Oriole Advocates 8K race

April 5, 8:30 a.m.

Run, jog or -- in the event of a muscle spasm -- limp from Memorial Stadium to the new ballpark. The race, which is 4.97 miles, is limited to the first 2,000 entries. Call (410) 882-5455. For a race entry form, send a stamped, self-addressed business envelope to 8K Home Run, P.O. Box 11394, Baltimore, Md. 21239.

Opening Week parade

April 5, noon

Buy a balloon and see your favorite Oriole. Players, marching bands, Little Leaguers and others will march and ride a 1.5-mile parade route along Pratt Street.

Orioles workout

April 5, 2 p.m.

Fans can see for themselves whether Juan Bell has mastered the art of the double-play pivot. All are welcome to attend the team's practice session. At the workout, officials will highlight TTC ways in which the ballpark is accessible for people with disabilities.

Opening Day

April 6, 3:05 p.m.

Orioles vs. Cleveland Indians

A new baseball era begins, as the Orioles open the regular season. Projected attendance: 48,000 (a sellout).

Opening night

April 8, 7:35 p.m.

Orioles vs. Indians

Missed the first real game at the new ballpark? Would you settle for boasting you were there for the first night game?

Lunch with the Orioles

April 9, 11:30 a.m.

Share a tossed salad with the local team. The Greater Baltimore Committee will throw its annual welcome-home event for the team at the Stouffer's Hotel. For tickets ($50 per person) or information, call Kendall Allen at the GBC, (410) 727-2820.

Neighborhood picnic

April 11, Time not available.

It's not exactly a block party. But residents of areas ringing the ballpark will be invited inside for a picnic. This is an invitation-only event; the guest list hasn't been drawn up yet.

The following are corporate sponsors of Opening Week festivities: Clark Construction Group, Crown Central Petroleum, 98 Rock/WIYY, 'Nilla Wafers, Kellogg's, Whiting-Turner Contracting Co., McDonald's, The Rouse Co.

And: C&P; Yellow Pages, French-Bray Printing, Signet Bank, Union Memorial Hospital, Maryland Paper Box Co., Baltimore Masonry, The Sheraton Inner Harbor Hotel, ARA Services, WMAR-TV, WBAL-Radio, The Baltimore Sun and Home Team Sports.


Times and dates of events are subject to change.

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