After breaking big league spring training in Sarasota, Fla., the Orioles will play an exhibition game against their Triple-A affiliate Norfolk Tides on March 26 at Norfolk’s Harbor Park.
Ending their exhibition schedule in Norfolk, Va., has become a regular affair for the Orioles in recent years. This will mark the second straight year and fourth time in seven seasons that the Orioles’ exhibition schedule will include a trip to Norfolk. They also played games there before the 2012, 2014 and 2017 seasons. The Orioles played exhibition games against the Washington Nationals at Harbor Park before the 2007 and 2009 seasons.
The Orioles will end their Grapefruit League schedule on March 25 with a 1:05 p.m. road game against the Philadelphia Phillies in Clearwater, Fla., then have a 3:05 p.m. start in Norfolk the following day.
The team could leave Florida still having to make its final roster cuts. It was in Norfolk last year where the club announced that Oliver Drake earned the final bullpen spot on the team’s 25-man roster. In 2012, relievers Darren O’Day and Troy Patton were told they made the Opening Day roster in Norfolk.
The game will serve as a final tune-up for Opening Day, which will be three days later on Thursday, March 29 at Camden Yards against the Minnesota Twins. The Orioles will also likely hold a closed-to-the-public workout the day before Opening Day at Oriole Park. The regular season starts earlier this year because of the addition of more days off as part of the new collective bargaining agreement.
The event is a boon for the Tides, giving the team the ability to promote its upcoming season, which will start the following week, by bringing their major league parent club to their home park, including several players who spent time in Norfolk such as Jonathan Schoop, Kevin Gausman and Trey Mancini.
Tickets for the game will range from $22 to $25 and will go on sale to the public on March 3, with Tides season-ticket holders having the opportunity to purchase tickets ahead of the public sale.