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Ban on outside food will hurt Orioles attendance | READER COMMENTARY

Fans order food from a masked employee during the Orioles' Opening Day at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on Thursday, April 8, 2021. (Karl Merton Ferron/Baltimore Sun)
Fans order food from a masked employee during the Orioles' Opening Day at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on Thursday, April 8, 2021. (Karl Merton Ferron/Baltimore Sun) (Karl Merton Ferron/The Baltimore Sun)

The O’s will continue to prohibit outside food for the remaining 2021 season (”Orioles announce capacity restrictions lifted for Camden Yards beginning June 1; single game tickets on sale May 26,” May 20). This puts a “wet blanket” on the return of full capacity baseball at Camden Yards, diminishes the family friendly vibe of the Yards, and will discourage many families (and individuals) from attending, or drive them to attend less often.

The practical effect of the food prohibition is to double the average price of an upper reserve ticket. The Ravens, while traditionally being more restrictive on outside food than the Orioles, have always permitted outside food to be carried inside a quart-size clear plastic bag. The food prohibition is a terrible business decision, especially since the clear plastic bag alternative makes it an indefensible decision.

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Mel Marcus, Columbia

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