Orioles home opener: Gate times, pregame ceremonies and everything else you need to know

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The Orioles have announced their plans for pregame ceremonies ahead of Thursday’s 3:05 p.m. home opener against the New York Yankees.

Getting to the ballpark

Orioles parking lots will open at 10 a.m., and Oriole Park at Camden Yards will open to fans at noon while various roving music groups perform on Eutaw Street and the ballpark’s main concourse. Every fan who enters the stadium will receive a 2019 schedule magnet.


Batting practice

The Orioles will take batting practice at noon, followed by the Yankees at 12:45 p.m.

Pregame introductions

Pregame ceremonies, emceed by Orioles broadcaster Jim Hunter, begin at 2:30 p.m. Manager Brandon Hyde and the Orioles will run through the center-field gate on an orange carpet before taking their place between first and second base.


The orange carpet will be lined with more than 100 children from Highlandtown Elementary/Middle School holding Orioles flags. The team is providing each student with a ticket to the game, concessions, an Orioles T-shirt and cap, and transportation to and from the game.

One fan will be chosen as the team’s “10th man,” the 26th straight season the Orioles have bestowed the honor. The fan will represent all Orioles fans and be introduced as part of the Orioles’ starting lineup.

The Yankees will come out of their dugout and line up between second and third.

Honoring Robinson

The Orioles will use part of their pregame ceremony to honor Hall of Fame member Frank Robinson, who died Feb. 7.


The Orioles Charitable Foundation will present $20,000 each to the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of African American History & Culture in Baltimore, the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, Tenn., and the National Museum of African American History & Culture in Washington in recognition of Robinson’s commitment to civil rights issues.

The Orioles will also show a video tribute for Robinson, as well as hold a moment of silence to recognize members of the Orioles family who have died since the team’s 2018 home opener.

First pitch

During his more than four decades as a Major League Baseball broadcaster, Angel called two World Series, 44 postseason games and seven no-hitters.

Sanz sings

Opera singer Rolando Sanz will sing the national anthem pregame and “God Bless America” during the seventh-inning stretch.

During Sanz’s performance of “The Star-Spangled Banner,” a 1,260-square-foot American flag from Fort McHenry will be over the center-field batter’s eye; the flag is a replica of the flag Francis Scott Key saw over Fort McHenry when he wrote the poem that became the national anthem during the War of 1812.

An Armed Forces Color Guard, provided by the Military District of Washington, and the Baltimore City Fire Department Honor Guard will present the colors.


As of Thursday morning, tickets were still available through the Orioles website and the team’s box office. The Orioles expect a sellout. Tickets also are available through secondary ticket-sellers.

Schedule of events

10 a.m.: Orioles parking lots open to fans

12 p.m.: Gates open

12-12:45 p.m.: Orioles batting practice

12:45-1:35 p.m.: Yankees batting practice

2:30 p.m.: Pregame ceremonies begin

3:05 p.m.: Scheduled first pitch

Free food and other Opening Day specials

Chick-fil-A, Pickle’s Pub and Nando’s Peri-Peri chicken are among the eateries offering deals for Orioles fans.

The party starts early at Pickle’s Pub with a free breakfast buffet from 6 to 9 a.m. and drink specials throughout the day.

New Oriole Park food options (and where to find them)

The days of “peanuts and Cracker Jacks” are long gone.

Oriole Park this season has added several new food options (gallery) ranging from the classic crab cake sandwich to Old Bay elotes and other unexpected dishes.

How to watch (or listen) to the game

Orioles (4-2) vs. Yankees (2-4)

Where: Camden Yards

First pitch: 3:05 p.m.

TV/Radio: MASN/105.7 The Fan

Dressing for Opening Day weather

The National Weather Service predicts a cloudy, but dry Opening Day in Baltimore, Sun journalist Scott Dance writes.

Temperatures are forecast to reach the lower 60s by first pitch at Oriole Park, falling to the mid-50s by sundown.

Rain moves in later in the day with showers likely Friday morning.

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