Thursday, April 12, 2012

Community Partners

Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake stopped by the Warehouse this week.  She was joined by Councilman Brandon Scott School CEO Dr. Andres Alonso as guests of the Baltimore Orioles.

The Mayor was delighted to announce the O's were partnering with the Baltimore City Schools to have their baseball championship game held at Oriole Park for the next two years.

As the Mayor observed, giving high school student athletes the opportunity to play the biggest game of their lives at the greatest baseball stadium in the country is priceless.  The inaugural game will take place May 5th at 2:00pm.  Admission is free, and Councilman Scott will be working with the recreation department to bring little league teams from throughout the city to enjoy the fun.

Speaking for the O's, Doug Duennes, Vice President of Business Operations, said “Hosting Baltimore City’s baseball championship will be a highlight for the ball club, and we welcome the opportunity to utilize our ballpark for this important community event."

This isn't the first time Camden Yards has hosted a scholastic event.  Just last fall, Baltimore City Schools held their School Choice Fair on the Club Level of Oriole Park.  Nearly 15, 000 students flocked to the ballpark to consider their school options.  That was more than three times the number who attended the year before.   As Dr. Alonso observed "The excitement and the turnout were such that students and families were wrapped around the building waiting to get in."

One of the gratifying aspects of having such a landmark facility as Camden Yards, with so many features and so conveniently located, is that it becomes a major part of city life. 

We at the Stadium Authority take great pride in efforts made by our teammates to make these facilities available for activities that support the community and events that more Marylanders can enjoy.

We're looking forward to that tournament final on May 5th, and also to welcoming Dr. Alonso and the School Choice Fair back next November.

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