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Baltimore Orioles Announces 2017 Grapefruit League Schedule

(Sarasota, FL) The Orioles today announced their 2017 Grapefruit League schedule, which opens Friday, February 24, with an away game in Lakeland, Fla. against the Detroit Tigers. The Orioles will play their home opener two days later on Sunday, February 26, with a 1:05 p.m. ET game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota. The club’s Grapefruit League season will conclude at Ed Smith Stadium with the club’s Spring Training finale on Thursday, March 30, against the Tigers.

The 2017 season marks the eighth consecutive Spring Training season for the Orioles in Sarasota and the seventh at renovated Ed Smith Stadium. Last January, Ed Smith Stadium was named the 2015 Sports Turf Managers Association “Field of the Year” for professional baseball, considered the highest honor in the industry.

Baltimore will face eight different Major League opponents during its 17-game home schedule. The Orioles will play the Philadelphia Phillies three times at Ed Smith Stadium and the Boston Red Sox, Detroit Tigers, Minnesota Twins, Pittsburgh Pirates, Tampa Bay Rays, and Toronto Blue Jays twice each. The Orioles will also square off against the division-rival New York Yankees once in Sarasota on Monday, February 27.

Additionally, as part of the World Baseball Classic exhibition schedule, the Orioles will host the defending champion Dominican Republic team on Tuesday, March 7. In 2013, the Dominican Republic defeated Puerto Rico to claim the World Baseball Classic crown with a roster featuring several of the Major League’s biggest stars.

The Orioles will play 17 road games during the Spring Training season, including four trips to play the Pirates; two trips to play the Rays, Red Sox, Tigers, Twins, and Yankees; and one trip to play the Blue Jays, Braves, and Phillies.

Single game tickets for all 17 games at Ed Smith Stadium will go on sale Saturday, January 21, 2017, at 10:00 a.m. Visit www.orioles.com/spring for more information regarding Orioles Spring Training in Sarasota.





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Baltimore Orioles to Host Fall Instructional League in Sarasota

(Sarasota, FL) The Baltimore Orioles will host the team’s Fall Instructional League at Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota with games that are free and open to the public from September 19 through October 11.

The Instructional League program focuses on specific individual development while providing additional playing time to accelerate a player’s progress through the minor league system.

Games are played on the Main Field, with parking available in the East Lot at no charge. Spectators may enter the ballpark through the Left Field Gate. The full Instructional League season schedule is available online at www.orioles.com/sarasota, and the 2016 home schedule is below. The roster of players participating in this year’s Instructional League is attached.

Monday, September 19 – 1:00 p.m. vs. Rays

Thursday, September 22 – 12:00 p.m. vs. Red Sox

Thursday, September 29 – 12:00 p.m. vs. Red Sox

Friday, September 30 – 1:00 p.m. vs. Rays

Monday, October 3 – 12:00 p.m. vs. Twins

Thursday, October 6 – 12:00 p.m. vs. Twins

Saturday, October 8 – 10:00 a.m. vs. Yankees

Tuesday, October 11 – 10:00 a.m. vs. Phillies

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Baltimore Orioles To Host Wilson Premier Classic Tournament in Sarasota

(Sarasota, FL) The Baltimore Orioles will host one of the nation’s top amateur baseball tournaments, the Wilson Premier Classic, in Sarasota from September 15-18 at Ed Smith Stadium and the Buck O’Neil Baseball Complex at Twin Lakes Park.

“The Wilson Premier Classic showcases young amateur players for dozens of professional and college scouts,” said David Rovine, Vice President of Orioles-Sarasota. “We expect approximately 1,000 players and coaches from across the nation who are eager to play at a Major League Baseball complex in a community known for sunshine and hospitality. We should see a healthy boost to the local economy from accommodations, dining, and shopping as players, coaches, and families attend the four-day event.”

The Wilson Premier Classic is one of the largest and most prestigious tournaments the Orioles have drawn to Sarasota County. The tournament will include 130 games using the five fields at Buck O’Neil complex, as well as the main field and three practice fields at Ed Smith Stadium

A catalyst for sports tourism in Sarasota County, the Orioles hosted the week-long AAU National Championship tournament at the Buck O’Neil complex in July. Approximately 600 players on 30 teams competed, representing 15 states and Puerto Rico.

Baseball tournaments, camps, and clinics hosted by the Orioles in Sarasota County draw more than 25,000 participants and spectators each year. Many of these players, families, and coaches travel from outside the local community for multi-day events.

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Gulf Coast League Orioles To Open Season June 24 In Sarasota

(Sarasota, FL) The Orioles Gulf Coast League (GCL) team will play its first home game of the 2016 season at the Ed Smith Stadium complex on Friday, June 24, at 12:00 p.m. against the GCL Rays. The GCL, which includes 17 teams, gives recently drafted or signed players their first experience in professional baseball.

The Orioles are scheduled to play 30 GCL home games between June 24 and August 31. The games are open to the public at no cost. Parking also is free and located in the East Lot at the corner of 12th Street and Tuttle Avenue. Game times and location are subject to change without notice. A link to the season schedule is available online at www.orioles.com/sarasota.

Gulf Coast League games are just part of the Orioles’ year-round activities in Sarasota. In addition to Spring Training, Extended Spring Training, Gulf Coast League and Fall Instructional League, the Orioles host numerous amateur tournaments, games, and clinics in Sarasota County, as well as a variety of community activities and cultural events.

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Baltimore Orioles Announce Dream Week 2017 Schedule in Sarasota, Florida

(Sarasota, FL) Baltimore Orioles fans will be able to enjoy a week filled with once-in-a-lifetime opportunities at the team’s 2017 Dream Week, open to adults, regardless of ability. Fans will have the opportunity to play at the Orioles’ two-site complex in Sarasota, Florida (Buck O’Neil Baseball Complex and Ed Smith Stadium) from January 22-28, 2017.

Dream Week offers participants the full major league treatment including playing daily doubleheader intra-squad games and receiving instruction from Orioles Legend Jim Palmer and former Orioles Mike Boddicker, Al Bumbry, Rick Dempsey, Mike Devereaux, Chris Hoiles, Scott McGregor, and many more. In addition to on-field play, participants will enjoy luxurious beachfront accommodations on Lido Key in Sarasota; a personalized home uniform, batting practice jersey, and hat; daily breakfast and lunch at the ballpark; evening social events throughout the week, including a Q&A and autograph session with the pros; and a reunion game at Oriole Park at Camden Yards in Baltimore during the 2017 regular season.

Men and women age 30 or older are eligible to participate in Dream Week. All skill and ability levels are welcome to the camp each year, and campers can play in as many or as few of the games as they wish. There is no prerequisite of experience or physical ability required to attend. Other amenities provided during the week include: a personalized clubhouse locker, access to the Orioles athletic trainers and clubhouse staff, and playing equipment. In addition to receiving daily instruction, participants will play doubleheader games each day at the Buck O’Neil Baseball Complex at Twin Lakes Park, and each team will get to play a game at Ed Smith Stadium, the Orioles’ Spring Training field. Campers can saver these moments with the inclusion of team and pro staff photos, a personalized baseball card, and a Dream Week video produced by the Orioles’ award-winning video productions staff.

Dream Week is $4,601 (includes 7% Fla. Sales Tax) and is conveniently packaged with roundtrip airfare from Baltimore to Tampa, ground transfers to and from the airport to the team hotel, transportation to and from the hotel to the ballpark each day, and six-night, seven-day hotel accommodations (double occupancy, private rooms are available) at the Sandcastle Resort at Lido Beach. Discounts are available to Orioles Season Plan Members and former Dream Week participants. Separate week and weekend packages are available for Dream Week guests.

Fans interested in participating in Dream Week should visit www.orioles.com/dreamweek, call 410-547-6063, or e-mail dreamweek@orioles.com to register or to receive more information.

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Baltimore Orioles Set Franchise Record for Spring Training Home Game Sellouts





(Sarasota, FL) With Thursday’s crowd of 5,441 for the final home game of Orioles Spring Training at Ed Smith Stadium in 2016, the Orioles have drawn a total of 119,029 fans for 16 home games in Sarasota this season, including a club record 11 home sellouts. This marks the second-highest attendance for an Orioles Spring Training in franchise history. Since moving its Major League operations to Sarasota, 765,313 fans have enjoyed Orioles Spring Training baseball at Ed Smith Stadium.

The Orioles set a franchise record with 11 sellouts this spring, including five consecutive sellouts from March 8 to March 16. This year, the club continued to draw large crowds with an average per game attendance of 7,439.
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“As another successful Orioles Spring Training season comes to a close here in Sarasota, we thank our fans for their outstanding support,” said David Rovine, Vice President of Orioles-Sarasota. “Our fans continue to set franchise records each season while helping to drive tremendous economic impact in the Greater Sarasota area. We are proud that our facilities at Ed Smith Stadium and Twin Lakes Park continue to thrive as a first-class destination for baseball – from Spring Training, Orioles Major and Minor League operations, and Gulf Coast League Baseball, to countless clinics, tournaments, and other baseball events each year.”

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Baltimore Orioles to Host 2016 “Go Green” Day on Thursday, March 17th at Ed Smith Stadium





(Sarasota, FL) The Baltimore Orioles will host “Go Green” Day at Ed Smith Stadium for St. Patrick’s Day on Thursday, March 17, when the Orioles host the Minnesota Twins at 7:05 p.m. ET. Orioles players and coaches will wear specially-designed white jerseys with green Orioles script lettering and a shamrock on the right sleeve with green caps for the game. The caps and jerseys will be autographed, authenticated, and auctioned online at www.orioles.com/spring to benefit Marie Selby Botanical Gardens.

Orioles fans may bid online to support Selby Gardens in the Orioles’ annual Go Green auction at www.orioles.com/spring beginning Thursday, March 17, at 7:05 p.m. through Thursday, March 24, at 10:00 p.m. The club will present the donation total from the auction to Selby Gardens prior to the final home game of Spring Training on Thursday, March 31. Last year, the auction raised nearly $8,000.
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Selby Gardens is a world-renowned botanical garden and leader in environmental research and education nestled in an urban setting on the shores of Sarasota Bay. Through educational outreach and horticultural displays, Selby Gardens promotes understanding of the natural world and stimulates advocacy for plant habitat conservation.

Additionally, Ed Smith Stadium is one of the most environmentally-friendly ballparks in the nation, using recycling, reclaimed water for toilets and irrigation, and solar panels and roofing materials that conserve energy. The Orioles are a partner in Sarasota County’s “Green Business Partnership” program. Additional information on the Orioles’ commitment to the environment at Ed Smith Stadium can be found at www.orioles.com/sarasota.

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Baltimore Orioles open Grapefruit League in Sarasota today against the Atlanta Braves





(Sarasota, FL) The Baltimore Orioles have announced plans for Opening Day of the 2016 Spring Training season, today March 2, when the O’s host the Atlanta Braves at 1:05 p.m. at Ed Smith Stadium. All fans in attendance will receive a 2016 Spring Training schedule magnet, courtesy of Visit Sarasota County. Additionally, the first 1,000 female fans in attendance will receive a bird of paradise flower, courtesy of Beneva Flowers.

WWSB ABC7 anchor and managing editor Alan Cohn will throw out the ceremonial first pitch while anchor of “Good Morning Suncoast” Rebecca Vargas will perform the national anthem. The Sarasota Military Academy Cadet Color Guard will present the colors and Robin Fernandez will perform “God Bless America” prior to the seventh inning stretch.

During pre-game ceremonies, each club’s manager and starters will be introduced and recognized along the first and third base foul lines. Reserve players and uniformed personnel will join the starters along both foul lines.

Today and throughout the season, ballpark gates will open two hours prior to the scheduled first pitch. Season plan holders will be able to access the ballpark 15 minutes early through a dedicated entrance at the Home Plate Gate for all 16 home games, including Opening Day.
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BALLPARK POLICIES

The Orioles have one of the most fan-friendly food policies in professional sports. Outside food and beverages may be brought into Ed Smith Stadium, subject to the following guidelines:

Soft-sided and paper bags are permitted at Ed Smith Stadium, as long as they fit into a 16″ x 16″ x 8″ container. Hard-sided coolers, thermoses, glass bottles, cans, or alcoholic beverages are not permitted into 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 prior to entry is subject to confiscation if it is thought to contain alcohol. Additionally, no plastic or paper cups of beverages are permitted into the park at the entry gates.

All items permitted into the ballpark will be inspected. No bags or items exceeding the maximum size of 16″ x 16″ x 8″ are allowed into the ballpark.

No containers or unauthorized items can be left at any park entrance.

No re-entry will be permitted once a fan has entered the ballpark gates. Vehicles transporting guests with special needs or disabilities are permitted to utilize the East Lot for this purpose. No vehicles are permitted to park curbside, nor are people able to stand and wait with vehicles.

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