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Schedule of events, new security and other Orioles Opening Day guidelines

Fans arrive at Chase Field in Phoenix to new MLB security measures. Similar measures will be in effect at Camden Yards.
Fans arrive at Chase Field in Phoenix to new MLB security measures. Similar measures will be in effect at Camden Yards. (Ross D. Franklin / Associated Press)

Just a reminder: If you're planning to attend Opening Day Friday between the Orioles and Toronto Blue Jays, leave early.

Gates open at noon for the scheduled 3:05 p.m. first pitch. The team has not announced any contingency plans in case of inclement weather, but will if it becomes necessary.

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Because of enhanced MLB security rules, fans will have to pass through metal detectors or hand-held wands as they enter the stadium.  Fans will be asked to remove their keys and mobile phone from their pockets. Wallets and other identification or money holders can remain in their pocket or in handbags. Bags that do not meet size requirements will not be allowed into the ballpark. Fans without a bag can utilize one of several Express Lanes found at Gates A, C, F, or H to go through security.

Other security measures, according to the team:

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*All items permitted into the ballpark will be inspected. No bags or items exceeding the maximum size of 16 inches x 16 inches x 8 inches are allowed into the ballpark. Permitted items must easily fit into a 16 inches x 16 inches x 8 inches container. Bags on wheels are prohibited.

*No containers or unauthorized items can be left at any park entrance. Fans will be asked to return them to their vehicle.

*No re-entry will be permitted. Once fans enter the ballpark, they will not be permitted to leave and re-enter the facility.

*Only vehicles dropping off or picking up guests with disabilities are permitted to stop curbside at the ballpark.

*The Orioles allow handmade banners and signs. But to ensure that all fans will have an unobstructed view, the Orioles do not permit the hanging of banners anywhere in the ballpark. Banners may only be displayed before and after the game and between innings. Banners are subject to confiscation if the content is commercial, political, and/or in bad taste according to the Orioles' discretion. The Orioles reserve the right to remove any banner at any time.

*Air horns, cowbells, and other noisemakers are not permitted.

*Firearms, knives, or weapons of any kind are not permitted.

Food and beverages

Outside food and beverages may be brought into stadium, subject to the following guidelines:

*No hard-sided coolers, thermoses, glass bottles, cans, or alcoholic beverages are permitted into the ballpark. Fans must leave these items in their vehicles before entering the ballpark.

*Non-alcoholic beverages in plastic bottles are permitted into the park. All items will be checked at the gates and any beverage that has been opened or partially consumed is subject to be confiscated if it is thought to contain alcohol. In addition, no plastic or paper cups of beverages are permitted into the park at the entry gates.

Here's a look at the schedule of events for Friday:

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11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.: Orioles batting practice

Noon: Gates open

12:30-1:30: Blue Jays batting practice

1:30-2:30: Field preparation

2:30: Ceremonies begin

3:05: First pitch

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