BALTIMORE (AP and NewsPop) — The Baltimore Orioles played and won a home game against the Chicago White Sox 8-2 Wednesday, but they did it without any fans in the stadium!
It was the first time in history a Major League baseball game was played without fans.
Major League officials closed the game to spectators for safety reasons after this week’s riots in Baltimore. Protesters looted stores, set fires and were violent towards police following a memorial service for Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old black man who died of spinal cord injuries while in police custody.
The teams were also supposed to play Monday and Tuesday, but those games were cancelled. Officials moved Wednesday’s starting time up by five hours to 2:05 p.m. so that the game would be over before the city’s 10 o’clock curfew, which the mayor enacted Tuesday.
The Orioles’ stadium, Camden Yards, normally holds 47,000 people.