Baltimore Orioles play game in empty stadium

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The ambiance at one of the most picturesque ballparks in baseball was decidedly bizarre — approximately 45,000 seats remained empty around noon as the White Sox took batting practice and Rare Earth’s “I Just Want To Celebrate” blasted over the stadium’s public address system.

Patricia Haskins, a 59-year-old Baltimore native and box office employee manning one of the two open ticket windows on Eutaw Street, said Camden Yards felt like “a ghost town.”

Meanwhile, outside the park and touristier Inner Harbor neighborhood, the city of Baltimore remained ravaged by protests that have engulfed the city since the weekend. Monday, when this three-game homestand against Chicago was set to commence, a CVS drugstore approximately two miles from the ballpark was burned to the ground as once-peaceful protests took a turn toward the violent.
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Fans sit outside Camden Yards ballpark before the start of the Baltimore Orioles against Chicago White Sox America League baseball game in Baltimore, Maryland April 29, 2015. In what will be a first for Major League Baseball, the Baltimore Orioles will host the Chicago White Sox on Wednesday in a stadium closed to fans as Baltimore copes with some of the worst U.S. urban rioting in years.REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton
Fans sit outside Camden Yards ballpark before the start of the Baltimore Orioles against Chicago White Sox America League baseball game in Baltimore, Maryland
Fans sit outside Camden Yards ballpark before the start of the Baltimore Orioles against Chicago White Sox America League baseball game in Baltimore, Maryland April 29, 2015. In what will be a first for Major League Baseball, the Baltimore Orioles will host the Chicago White Sox on Wednesday in a stadium closed to fans as Baltimore copes with some of the worst U.S. urban rioting in years.REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton
Camden Yards ballpark sits empty of fans during the Baltimore Orioles against Chicago White Sox America League baseball game in Baltimore, Maryland April 29, 2015. In what will be a first for Major League Baseball, the Baltimore Orioles will host the Chicago White Sox on Wednesday in a stadium closed to fans as Baltimore copes with some of the worst U.S. urban rioting in years.REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton
Camden Yards ballpark sits empty of fans during the Baltimore Orioles against Chicago White Sox America League baseball game in Baltimore, Maryland
Camden Yards ballpark sits empty of fans during the Baltimore Orioles against Chicago White Sox America League baseball game in Baltimore, Maryland April 29, 2015. In what will be a first for Major League Baseball, the Baltimore Orioles will host the Chicago White Sox on Wednesday in a stadium closed to fans as Baltimore copes with some of the worst U.S. urban rioting in years.REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton
Fans watch from outside the gates at Camden Yards ballpark during the Baltimore Orioles against Chicago White Sox America League baseball game in Baltimore, Maryland April 29, 2015. In what will be a first for Major League Baseball, the Baltimore Orioles will host the Chicago White Sox on Wednesday in a stadium closed to fans as Baltimore copes with some of the worst U.S. urban rioting in years. REUTERS/Eric Thayer
Fans watch from outside the gates at Camden Yards ballpark during the Baltimore Orioles against Chicago White Sox America League baseball game in Baltimore, Maryland
Fans watch from outside the gates at Camden Yards ballpark during the Baltimore Orioles against Chicago White Sox America League baseball game in Baltimore, Maryland April 29, 2015. In what will be a first for Major League Baseball, the Baltimore Orioles will host the Chicago White Sox on Wednesday in a stadium closed to fans as Baltimore copes with some of the worst U.S. urban rioting in years. REUTERS/Eric Thayer
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Players are seen on the field at Camden Yards ballpark during the Baltimore Orioles against Chicago White Sox America League baseball game in Baltimore, Maryland April 29, 2015. In what will be a first for Major League Baseball, the Baltimore Orioles will host the Chicago White Sox on Wednesday in a stadium closed to fans as Baltimore copes with some of the worst U.S. urban rioting in years. REUTERS/Eric Thayer
Players are seen on the field at Camden Yards ballpark during the Baltimore Orioles against Chicago White Sox America League baseball game in Baltimore, Maryland
Players are seen on the field at Camden Yards ballpark during the Baltimore Orioles against Chicago White Sox America League baseball game in Baltimore, Maryland April 29, 2015. In what will be a first for Major League Baseball, the Baltimore Orioles will host the Chicago White Sox on Wednesday in a stadium closed to fans as Baltimore copes with some of the worst U.S. urban rioting in years. REUTERS/Eric Thayer
The inside of Camden Yards ballpark is seen empty before the start of the Baltimore Orioles against Chicago White Sox America League baseball game in Baltimore, Maryland April 29, 2015. In what will be a first for Major League Baseball, the Baltimore Orioles will host the Chicago White Sox on Wednesday in a stadium closed to fans as Baltimore copes with some of the worst U.S. urban rioting in years.REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton
The inside of Camden Yards ballpark is seen empty before before the start of the Baltimore Orioles against Chicago White Sox America League baseball game in Baltimore, Maryland
The inside of Camden Yards ballpark is seen empty before the start of the Baltimore Orioles against Chicago White Sox America League baseball game in Baltimore, Maryland April 29, 2015. In what will be a first for Major League Baseball, the Baltimore Orioles will host the Chicago White Sox on Wednesday in a stadium closed to fans as Baltimore copes with some of the worst U.S. urban rioting in years.REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton
Fans sit outside Camden Yards ballpark before the start of the Baltimore Orioles against Chicago White Sox America League baseball game in Baltimore, Maryland April 29, 2015. In what will be a first for Major League Baseball, the Baltimore Orioles will host the Chicago White Sox on Wednesday in a stadium closed to fans as Baltimore copes with some of the worst U.S. urban rioting in years.REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton
Fans sit outside Camden Yards ballpark before the start of the Baltimore Orioles against Chicago White Sox America League baseball game in Baltimore, Maryland
Fans sit outside Camden Yards ballpark before the start of the Baltimore Orioles against Chicago White Sox America League baseball game in Baltimore, Maryland April 29, 2015. In what will be a first for Major League Baseball, the Baltimore Orioles will host the Chicago White Sox on Wednesday in a stadium closed to fans as Baltimore copes with some of the worst U.S. urban rioting in years.REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton
Camden Yards ballpark sits empty of fans during the Baltimore Orioles against Chicago White Sox America League baseball game in Baltimore, Maryland April 29, 2015. In what will be a first for Major League Baseball, the Baltimore Orioles will host the Chicago White Sox on Wednesday in a stadium closed to fans as Baltimore copes with some of the worst U.S. urban rioting in years.REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton
Camden Yards ballpark sits empty of fans during the Baltimore Orioles against Chicago White Sox America League baseball game in Baltimore, Maryland
Camden Yards ballpark sits empty of fans during the Baltimore Orioles against Chicago White Sox America League baseball game in Baltimore, Maryland April 29, 2015. In what will be a first for Major League Baseball, the Baltimore Orioles will host the Chicago White Sox on Wednesday in a stadium closed to fans as Baltimore copes with some of the worst U.S. urban rioting in years.REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton
Fans watch from outside the gates at Camden Yards ballpark during the Baltimore Orioles against Chicago White Sox America League baseball game in Baltimore, Maryland April 29, 2015. In what will be a first for Major League Baseball, the Baltimore Orioles will host the Chicago White Sox on Wednesday in a stadium closed to fans as Baltimore copes with some of the worst U.S. urban rioting in years. REUTERS/Eric Thayer
Fans watch from outside the gates at Camden Yards ballpark during the Baltimore Orioles against Chicago White Sox America League baseball game in Baltimore, Maryland
Fans watch from outside the gates at Camden Yards ballpark during the Baltimore Orioles against Chicago White Sox America League baseball game in Baltimore, Maryland April 29, 2015. In what will be a first for Major League Baseball, the Baltimore Orioles will host the Chicago White Sox on Wednesday in a stadium closed to fans as Baltimore copes with some of the worst U.S. urban rioting in years. REUTERS/Eric Thayer
Players are seen on the field at Camden Yards ballpark during the Baltimore Orioles against Chicago White Sox America League baseball game in Baltimore, Maryland April 29, 2015. In what will be a first for Major League Baseball, the Baltimore Orioles will host the Chicago White Sox on Wednesday in a stadium closed to fans as Baltimore copes with some of the worst U.S. urban rioting in years. REUTERS/Eric Thayer
Players are seen on the field at Camden Yards ballpark during the Baltimore Orioles against Chicago White Sox America League baseball game in Baltimore, Maryland
Players are seen on the field at Camden Yards ballpark during the Baltimore Orioles against Chicago White Sox America League baseball game in Baltimore, Maryland April 29, 2015. In what will be a first for Major League Baseball, the Baltimore Orioles will host the Chicago White Sox on Wednesday in a stadium closed to fans as Baltimore copes with some of the worst U.S. urban rioting in years. REUTERS/Eric Thayer
The inside of Camden Yards ballpark is seen empty before the start of the Baltimore Orioles against Chicago White Sox America League baseball game in Baltimore, Maryland April 29, 2015. In what will be a first for Major League Baseball, the Baltimore Orioles will host the Chicago White Sox on Wednesday in a stadium closed to fans as Baltimore copes with some of the worst U.S. urban rioting in years.REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton
The inside of Camden Yards ballpark is seen empty before before the start of the Baltimore Orioles against Chicago White Sox America League baseball game in Baltimore, Maryland
The inside of Camden Yards ballpark is seen empty before the start of the Baltimore Orioles against Chicago White Sox America League baseball game in Baltimore, Maryland April 29, 2015. In what will be a first for Major League Baseball, the Baltimore Orioles will host the Chicago White Sox on Wednesday in a stadium closed to fans as Baltimore copes with some of the worst U.S. urban rioting in years.REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton
Camden Yards ballpark sits empty of fans during the Baltimore Orioles against Chicago White Sox America League baseball game in Baltimore, Maryland April 29, 2015. In what will be a first for Major League Baseball, the Baltimore Orioles will host the Chicago White Sox on Wednesday in a stadium closed to fans as Baltimore copes with some of the worst U.S. urban rioting in years.REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton
Camden Yards ballpark sits empty of fans during the Baltimore Orioles against Chicago White Sox America League baseball game in Baltimore, Maryland
Camden Yards ballpark sits empty of fans during the Baltimore Orioles against Chicago White Sox America League baseball game in Baltimore, Maryland April 29, 2015. In what will be a first for Major League Baseball, the Baltimore Orioles will host the Chicago White Sox on Wednesday in a stadium closed to fans as Baltimore copes with some of the worst U.S. urban rioting in years.REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton
Fans watch from outside the gates at Camden Yards ballpark during the Baltimore Orioles against Chicago White Sox America League baseball game in Baltimore, Maryland April 29, 2015. In what will be a first for Major League Baseball, the Baltimore Orioles will host the Chicago White Sox on Wednesday in a stadium closed to fans as Baltimore copes with some of the worst U.S. urban rioting in years. REUTERS/Eric Thayer
Fans watch from outside the gates at Camden Yards ballpark during the Baltimore Orioles against Chicago White Sox America League baseball game in Baltimore, Maryland
Fans watch from outside the gates at Camden Yards ballpark during the Baltimore Orioles against Chicago White Sox America League baseball game in Baltimore, Maryland April 29, 2015. In what will be a first for Major League Baseball, the Baltimore Orioles will host the Chicago White Sox on Wednesday in a stadium closed to fans as Baltimore copes with some of the worst U.S. urban rioting in years. REUTERS/Eric Thayer
Players are seen on the field at Camden Yards ballpark during the Baltimore Orioles against Chicago White Sox America League baseball game in Baltimore, Maryland April 29, 2015. In what will be a first for Major League Baseball, the Baltimore Orioles will host the Chicago White Sox on Wednesday in a stadium closed to fans as Baltimore copes with some of the worst U.S. urban rioting in years. REUTERS/Eric Thayer
Players are seen on the field at Camden Yards ballpark during the Baltimore Orioles against Chicago White Sox America League baseball game in Baltimore, Maryland
Players are seen on the field at Camden Yards ballpark during the Baltimore Orioles against Chicago White Sox America League baseball game in Baltimore, Maryland April 29, 2015. In what will be a first for Major League Baseball, the Baltimore Orioles will host the Chicago White Sox on Wednesday in a stadium closed to fans as Baltimore copes with some of the worst U.S. urban rioting in years. REUTERS/Eric Thayer
The inside of Camden Yards ballpark is seen empty before the start of the Baltimore Orioles against Chicago White Sox America League baseball game in Baltimore, Maryland April 29, 2015. In what will be a first for Major League Baseball, the Baltimore Orioles will host the Chicago White Sox on Wednesday in a stadium closed to fans as Baltimore copes with some of the worst U.S. urban rioting in years.REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton
The inside of Camden Yards ballpark is seen empty before before the start of the Baltimore Orioles against Chicago White Sox America League baseball game in Baltimore, Maryland
The inside of Camden Yards ballpark is seen empty before the start of the Baltimore Orioles against Chicago White Sox America League baseball game in Baltimore, Maryland April 29, 2015. In what will be a first for Major League Baseball, the Baltimore Orioles will host the Chicago White Sox on Wednesday in a stadium closed to fans as Baltimore copes with some of the worst U.S. urban rioting in years.REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton
Fans watch from outside the gates at Camden Yards ballpark during the Baltimore Orioles against Chicago White Sox America League baseball game in Baltimore, Maryland April 29, 2015. In what will be a first for Major League Baseball, the Baltimore Orioles will host the Chicago White Sox on Wednesday in a stadium closed to fans as Baltimore copes with some of the worst U.S. urban rioting in years. REUTERS/Eric Thayer
Fans watch from outside the gates at Camden Yards ballpark during the Baltimore Orioles against Chicago White Sox America League baseball game in Baltimore, Maryland
Fans watch from outside the gates at Camden Yards ballpark during the Baltimore Orioles against Chicago White Sox America League baseball game in Baltimore, Maryland April 29, 2015. In what will be a first for Major League Baseball, the Baltimore Orioles will host the Chicago White Sox on Wednesday in a stadium closed to fans as Baltimore copes with some of the worst U.S. urban rioting in years. REUTERS/Eric Thayer
Players are seen on the field at Camden Yards ballpark during the Baltimore Orioles against Chicago White Sox America League baseball game in Baltimore, Maryland April 29, 2015. In what will be a first for Major League Baseball, the Baltimore Orioles will host the Chicago White Sox on Wednesday in a stadium closed to fans as Baltimore copes with some of the worst U.S. urban rioting in years. REUTERS/Eric Thayer
Players are seen on the field at Camden Yards ballpark during the Baltimore Orioles against Chicago White Sox America League baseball game in Baltimore, Maryland
Players are seen on the field at Camden Yards ballpark during the Baltimore Orioles against Chicago White Sox America League baseball game in Baltimore, Maryland April 29, 2015. In what will be a first for Major League Baseball, the Baltimore Orioles will host the Chicago White Sox on Wednesday in a stadium closed to fans as Baltimore copes with some of the worst U.S. urban rioting in years. REUTERS/Eric Thayer
The inside of Camden Yards ballpark is seen empty before the start of the Baltimore Orioles against Chicago White Sox America League baseball game in Baltimore, Maryland April 29, 2015. In what will be a first for Major League Baseball, the Baltimore Orioles will host the Chicago White Sox on Wednesday in a stadium closed to fans as Baltimore copes with some of the worst U.S. urban rioting in years.REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton
The inside of Camden Yards ballpark is seen empty before before the start of the Baltimore Orioles against Chicago White Sox America League baseball game in Baltimore, Maryland
The inside of Camden Yards ballpark is seen empty before the start of the Baltimore Orioles against Chicago White Sox America League baseball game in Baltimore, Maryland April 29, 2015. In what will be a first for Major League Baseball, the Baltimore Orioles will host the Chicago White Sox on Wednesday in a stadium closed to fans as Baltimore copes with some of the worst U.S. urban rioting in years.REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton
Fans watch from outside the gates at Camden Yards ballpark during the Baltimore Orioles against Chicago White Sox America League baseball game in Baltimore, Maryland April 29, 2015. In what will be a first for Major League Baseball, the Baltimore Orioles will host the Chicago White Sox on Wednesday in a stadium closed to fans as Baltimore copes with some of the worst U.S. urban rioting in years. REUTERS/Eric Thayer
Fans watch from outside the gates at Camden Yards ballpark during the Baltimore Orioles against Chicago White Sox America League baseball game in Baltimore, Maryland
Fans watch from outside the gates at Camden Yards ballpark during the Baltimore Orioles against Chicago White Sox America League baseball game in Baltimore, Maryland April 29, 2015. In what will be a first for Major League Baseball, the Baltimore Orioles will host the Chicago White Sox on Wednesday in a stadium closed to fans as Baltimore copes with some of the worst U.S. urban rioting in years. REUTERS/Eric Thayer
Players are seen on the field at Camden Yards ballpark during the Baltimore Orioles against Chicago White Sox America League baseball game in Baltimore, Maryland April 29, 2015. In what will be a first for Major League Baseball, the Baltimore Orioles will host the Chicago White Sox on Wednesday in a stadium closed to fans as Baltimore copes with some of the worst U.S. urban rioting in years. REUTERS/Eric Thayer
Players are seen on the field at Camden Yards ballpark during the Baltimore Orioles against Chicago White Sox America League baseball game in Baltimore, Maryland
Players are seen on the field at Camden Yards ballpark during the Baltimore Orioles against Chicago White Sox America League baseball game in Baltimore, Maryland April 29, 2015. In what will be a first for Major League Baseball, the Baltimore Orioles will host the Chicago White Sox on Wednesday in a stadium closed to fans as Baltimore copes with some of the worst U.S. urban rioting in years. REUTERS/Eric Thayer
The inside of Camden Yards ballpark is seen empty before the start of the Baltimore Orioles against Chicago White Sox America League baseball game in Baltimore, Maryland April 29, 2015. In what will be a first for Major League Baseball, the Baltimore Orioles will host the Chicago White Sox on Wednesday in a stadium closed to fans as Baltimore copes with some of the worst U.S. urban rioting in years.REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton
The inside of Camden Yards ballpark is seen empty before before the start of the Baltimore Orioles against Chicago White Sox America League baseball game in Baltimore, Maryland
The inside of Camden Yards ballpark is seen empty before the start of the Baltimore Orioles against Chicago White Sox America League baseball game in Baltimore, Maryland April 29, 2015. In what will be a first for Major League Baseball, the Baltimore Orioles will host the Chicago White Sox on Wednesday in a stadium closed to fans as Baltimore copes with some of the worst U.S. urban rioting in years.REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

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