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Gulf Coast League Orioles Open Season June 27 In Sarasota

(Sarasota, FL) The Baltimore Orioles Gulf Coast League (GCL) team will play its first home game of the 2017 season at the Ed Smith Stadium complex on Tuesday, June 27, at 12:00 p.m. against the GCL Twins. 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 27 and September 1. The games are open to the public at no cost. Parking 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 throughout the year.

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Baltimore Orioles Economic Impact In Sarasota Grows With Expanded Premier Championship Tournament

(Sarasota, FL) After impressing organizers of the prestigious Wilson Premier baseball tournament program in 2016, the Baltimore Orioles will host 15 days of competition in Sarasota County this summer from June 22 through July 12 during the Wilson Premier Championship East. The event is one of the largest Florida-based tournaments in amateur baseball and the largest tournament the Orioles have drawn to Sarasota County.

“Wilson Premier brought a weekend tournament to us last September to test the waters, and we demonstrated that Sarasota County and the Orioles’ facilities are ideal for elite competition and larger events,” said David Rovine, Vice President of Orioles-Sarasota. “The Wilson Premier Championship East is an opportunity for college and professional baseball scouts to see young players in action.”

The tournament will include 240 teams from across the country. Players ages 15 to 17 will compete during five-day tournaments that span three weeks. Games will be played on the five fields at the Buck O’Neil Baseball Complex at Twin Lakes Park, as well as the main field and three practice fields at Ed Smith Stadium.

“The drawing power for Sarasota is the combination of community assets, the quality and number of playing fields at the Orioles’ facilities and elsewhere in the region, and the can-do attitude of the Orioles’ staff,” said Matt Bliven, Wilson Tournament Director. “We are impressed by the professional facilities for the teams, which allow us to showcase talents of players for visiting scouts.”

The Orioles also have earned a reputation for repeat business. For the third year, Game Day USA will bring its four-day Thanksgiving tournament to the Orioles’ facilities. The event draws players, coaches, and families from throughout the Midwest.

Baseball tournaments, camps, and clinics hosted by the Orioles in Sarasota County attract 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.

A recent independent analysis commissioned by Sarasota County Government concluded that the Orioles generate approximately $89 million in annual economic impact back to taxpayers and residents. By marketing Sarasota to fans in the Mid-Atlantic region, operating a year-round athletic training facility, producing entertainment and sporting events, partnering with charitable causes, and hosting and often subsidizing youth sports tournaments and activities, the Orioles demonstrate an abiding commitment to their Florida home that goes far beyond baseball. For details, visit www.orioles.com/Sarasota.
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Baltimore Orioles Announce Plans for 2018 Dream Week in Sarasota, FL

(Sarasota, FL) Orioles fans will once again be able to enjoy a week filled with once-in-a-lifetime opportunities at the club’s 2018 Dream Week, from January 21-27, 2018 in Sarasota, FL. Open to adults, regardless of ability, Dream Week provides fans with an opportunity to play at the Orioles’ year-round baseball facilities in Sarasota at the Buck O’Neil Baseball Complex and Ed Smith Stadium.

Dream Week offers participants the full major league treatment playing daily doubleheader intra-squad games and receiving instruction from National Baseball Hall of Famer and 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 beachfront accommodations on Lido Key; a personalized home uniform, alternate jersey, and cap; a personalized clubhouse locker; access to Orioles athletic trainers and clubhouse staff; 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 2018 regular season.

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. Special events throughout the week will include an Opening Night Reception, mid-week barbecue at Ed Smith Stadium, and a Closing Night Awards Banquet. Campers can look back on their unforgettable Dream Week moments with team and pro staff photos, a personalized baseball card, and a Dream Week video produced by the Orioles’ award-winning video productions staff. During the 2018 season, there will also be a Reunion Game at Oriole Park at Camden Yards for campers to reconnect with their Dream Week teammates
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.

Dream Week costs $4,601 (including Florida Sales Tax) and is conveniently packaged with roundtrip airfare from Baltimore to Tampa, ground transfers to and from the airport to the 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 Lido Beach Resort Hotel. Breakfast and lunch each day at the ballpark is included in the cost as well. 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 Announce Remaining Extended Spring Training Home Games in Sarasota

(Sarasota, FL) The Baltimore Orioles announced their remaining Extended Spring Training home games following Monday’s season opener. The public is invited to watch Orioles minor league players in action in Sarasota during Extended Spring Training during the months of April, May, and June. There is no charge to attend the games, which will be held on Field 4 at the Ed Smith Stadium complex. Gates open 30 minutes before game time. Free parking is available in the East Lot. Please note that game times and locations are subject to change without notice due to weather and field conditions.

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Baltimore Orioles Sarasota Spring Training Attendance Ranks Second Highest in Club History

(Sarasota, FL) With Thursday’s crowd of 6,900 for this season’s Spring Training finale at Ed Smith Stadium, the Orioles have drawn a total of 119,742 fans for 17 home games in Sarasota, the second-highest spring attendance in club history behind only the 120,455 total set in 2013. Since moving Major League operations to Sarasota, 885,055 fans have enjoyed Orioles Spring Training baseball at Ed Smith Stadium.

The Orioles had six consecutive sellouts from March 16 to March 27, helping the club to finish among the best in attendance in the Grapefruit League this spring. The Orioles ranked third highest in ballpark capacity percentage at 94% (as of data available on March 26). On average, the club welcomed 7,044 people per game.

“The Orioles are proud to continue performing among the top ballclubs in Grapefruit League attendance,” said David Rovine, Vice President of Orioles-Sarasota. “Each spring we enjoy outstanding support from Sarasota area fans and from the tens of thousands of fans who travel to Spring Training. The support from our fans not only helps cheer on the team, but is also a vital factor driving 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 first-class destinations for baseball and entertainment – from Spring Training, Orioles Major and Minor League operations, and Gulf Coast League Baseball, to countless clinics, tournaments, and other baseball, arts, and community events each year.”

The Orioles begin the regular season on Monday, April 3rd at home against the Toronto Blue Jays at 3:05 PM EDT.
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Baltimore Orioles to Host 7th Annual All Faiths Food Drive Sunday, March 19th

(Sarasota, FL) On Sunday, March 19, the Baltimore Orioles will host the seventh annual All Faiths Food Drive. Fans attending the 1:05 p.m. game against the Detroit Tigers at Ed Smith Stadium are encouraged to bring non-perishable food items and/or monetary donations to benefit the All Faiths Food Bank. Volunteers will collect all donations at the gates of the ballpark.

Since 2011, more than 6,000 pounds of food and nearly $7,000 in cash donations have been collected at the yearly food drive to help people in need in the Sarasota community. In 2016, All Faiths Food Bank distributed 8.5 million pounds of food, which equates to 7.1 million meals. More than 3,500 volunteers and 184 partner agencies and programs in Sarasota and DeSoto counties support the Food Bank’s mission of providing healthy solutions to end hunger in our community.

The Orioles’ participation in the All Faiths Food Drive is part of Sarasota 365, a host of initiatives through which the Baltimore Orioles and OriolesREACH demonstrate the ballclub’s year-round engagement with the Greater Sarasota community. For more information or to sign up for the Orioles in Sarasota e-newsletter, visit www.orioles.com/sarasota.
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Baltimore Orioles to host Nashville’s Music Row Comes to the Ballpark charity event at Ed Smith Stadium March 17th

(Sarasota, FL) For the second consecutive year, the Baltimore Orioles will host “Nashville’s Music Row Comes to the Ballpark” at Ed Smith Stadium on Friday, March 17. Every dollar raised at the charity event will benefit the Library Foundation for Sarasota County’s early childhood literacy programs and the Music Health Alliance. This year’s event is presented by the Orioles in partnership with the Greater Sarasota Area Chamber of Commerce and the Arts and Cultural Alliance of Sarasota County.

The performances will begin at 8:15 p.m. showcasing a cross-section of Nashville’s vast songwriting community. Performers will include Liz Rose, Grammy Award and American Country Music Award-winning songwriter, Laura Veltz, Grammy nominated co-writer and one of the top songwriters in Nashville, Jimmy Robbins, award-winning country radio hit songwriter, Ryan Beaver, one of the “10 New Country Artists You Need to Know” according to Rolling Stone and emerging Nashville writer Margaret Valentine. Country singer and songwriter, Jenae Cherry, whose husband is Orioles pitcher Brad Brach, will perform as a special guest.

Veteran MASN broadcaster Jim Hunter will serve as emcee for the charity event, which will feature a meet and greet with Nashville songwriters and Orioles players and a pre-show VIP cocktail reception at 7:00 p.m. Following the pre-show activities, Rose, Veltz, Robbins, Beaver, and Valentine will perform in a country-style songwriter round, a concept made famous in Nashville and seen on the hit television show Nashville.

The performance benefits the Library Foundation for Sarasota County’s Children’s Literacy Endowment and the Music Health Alliance.

For more details, visit www.orioles.com/Sarasota.
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Baltimore Orioles Announce 2017 Grapefruit League Opening Day Schedule

(Sarasota, FL) The Baltimore Orioles have announced plans for Opening Day of the 2017 Spring Training season on Sunday, February 26, when the Orioles host the Pittsburgh Pirates at 1:05 p.m. at Ed Smith Stadium. All fans in attendance will receive a 2017 Spring Training schedule magnet. Additionally, the first 1,000 female fans in attendance will receive a Birds of Paradise flower.

Athletic Director of Sarasota County Middle Schools Bethany King will throw out the ceremonial first pitch, while Sarasota Middle School seventh-grade student Michelle DiPuma will perform the national anthem before the game and “God Bless America” prior to the seventh-inning stretch. DiPuma participated in the Orioles Health & Fitness Challenge, a curriculum for Sarasota County middle schools that promotes healthy lifestyles. The Sarasota Military Academy Cadet Color Guard will present the colors before the game.

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. Additionally, students from each participating school in the Orioles Health & Fitness Challenge will be introduced along with the Orioles starters and stand with them for the national anthem.

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 17 home games, including Opening Day.

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.

New in 2017, as part of Major League Baseball’s league-wide initiative, metal detectors will be installed at Ed Smith Stadium. The initiative is in place to standardize security procedures at each Major League ballpark. Upon entering Ed Smith Stadium, fans will need to remove their cell phone, keys, and all large metal objects from their pockets before walking through the metal detector. Items can be retrieved immediately after entering. Fans are advised to allow themselves plenty of time for entry.

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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Study Reports Baltimore Orioles Generate $89 Million Economic Impact In Sarasota

(Sarasota, FL) An independent economic impact analysis commissioned by Sarasota County Government has concluded that the Baltimore Orioles generate approximately $89 million in annual economic impact back to taxpayers and residents through the club’s marketing and promotion of Sarasota tourism to its fan base across seven Mid-Atlantic states combined with the commercial activity and corporate presence of the Orioles’ athletic training headquarters, production of public sporting and other entertainment events, and management of youth sports tournaments and recreational programs.

The Orioles’ current impact is more than two and a half times the $35 million impact the Orioles projected in testimony given before the Florida State Senate in 2004 and the Sarasota Board of County Commissioners in 2009, prior to the relocation of the Orioles’ year-round training headquarters, unique tourism marketing, and community sports park concept to Sarasota.

The analysis, conducted by Research & Marketing Strategies, Inc., measured the total tourism impact created by the Orioles and its positive impact on the residents and taxpayers of Sarasota County. The ballclub generates quantitative economic impact in the following ways:
• Year-round professional event management, including production of Major League baseball games, commerce, training, and rehabilitation during Spring Training and year-round.

• Year-round production of Minor League games, commerce, and training throughout the Spring, Summer, and Fall months, including presentation at the Ed Smith Stadium of the home schedule of the Gulf Coast League Orioles, along with Minor League training throughout the year.

• Presentation of a series of arts, culture, and community events and programming, including the Orioles’ “Arts in the Ballpark” series, featuring the Sarasota Orchestra, “Nashville’s Music Row Comes to the Ballpark” fundraising event to benefit the Library Foundation for Sarasota County, the Orioles’ “Eat, Live, and Train like the O’s Health and Fitness Challenge,” and youth baseball tournaments held for tens of thousands of tourists and locally-based families.

• Sarasota 365 marketing and promotion campaign executed by the Orioles to benefit Sarasota County’s “Visit Sarasota” tourism agency and employing Orioles multimedia television, digital, social media, and radio platforms, as well as at Oriole Park at Camden Yards, driving fans based in the Mid-Atlantic to vacation in, invest in, and retire to Sarasota County.

The Orioles’ results were bolstered by record attendance at Spring Training games in 2016. Last spring, the Orioles set a franchise record with 11 sellouts, drawing more than 119,000 fans over 16 home games. That figure is more than double the average Spring Training attendance at Ed Smith Stadium prior to the Orioles’ arrival in Sarasota.

Since the Orioles moved Major League spring training operations to Sarasota in 2010, more than 765,000 fans have attended Orioles Spring Training games at Ed Smith Stadium. Additionally, each year more than 25,000 participants and spectators visit the Orioles complex to participate in youth tournaments, baseball clinics, sports leagues, and other family-friendly and charitable events, which are professionally managed, supported, and frequently financially subsidized by the Orioles.
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Jazz Club of Sarasota and Baltimore Orioles Team Up for Jazz In the Ballpark April 22 at Ed Smith Stadium

(Sarasota, FL) The Jazz Club of Sarasota and the Baltimore Orioles have teamed up to present Jazz in the Ballpark on Saturday, April 22, at 7:00 p.m. at Ed Smith Stadium, 2700 12th Street. Tickets go on sale February 17th for the outdoor concert, titled “Big Band Jazz Through the Decades.” The performance will feature music of the Andrews Sisters and America’s favorite big bands from the 1940s to the present. Vocalists Michele James-Pruyn and the Swing Sisters are backed by the Sarasota Jazz Project.

Michele James-Pruyn, a native of North Carolina, has been singing and acting since the age of 15. During her career she has won dozens of vocal competitions and performed at the White House, Disneyworld and other venues throughout the world.

As “Michele and the Swing Sisters,” James-Pruyn and her friends, Kim Kollar and Cathy Noeth, have performed their cabaret act, “The Sounds of Harry James and the Andrews Sisters,” across the country for more than 17 years.

The Sarasota Jazz Project, formed in 2010, is a 17-piece big band under the direction of co-founder George McLain, who also plays tenor sax and sings. In addition to songs of the Andrews Sisters, the band will present tunes from nostalgic to newer, including songs made famous by Harry James, Glen Miller, Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Buddy Rich, Maynard Ferguson and Tower of Power. The band will feature many of the top jazz soloists in Florida including David Pruyn on trumpet, Tony Benade on saxophone, and Greg Nielsen on trombone.

While enjoying the nostalgia, fans can feast on ballpark food including hot dogs, drinks and snacks.

Tickets are available from the Orioles beginning on February 17. Reserved seats are offered to adults at $50 (VIP), $30 and $20. Children and students may buy $20 seats for $10. “Proceeds from this exciting event will be donated to the Jazz Club Scholarship Fund, which benefits local young musicians,” said Peg Pluto, president of the Jazz Club.

For more information, please visit www.jazzclubsarasota.org.
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