HHP: The Orioles Answer Your Questions
Banning those who run on the field:
Some of you are wondering about our policies regarding banning fans who run on the field. It's important to recognize that the Orioles organization, Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association believe that fans who run on the field should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. When a fan trespasses onto the field, it creates a danger for not only the players themselves but for other fans as well, since security personnel are then forced to deal with the trespasser when they would ordinarily be overseeing crowd control.
We continue to work closely with the Baltimore City Police Department and the State's Attorney's Office to ensure that those who have trespassed and any future individuals who violate the law will be held prosecuted and held accountable, as well as be banned for life from Oriole Park. If the banned individual then decides to return to Oriole Park, he/she runs the risk of being arrested on the spot and having multiple charges brought against him/her.
In regards to the seating map on Orioles.com, most of the photos from the lower level seats are a view from the middle of the section and most of the photos from the upper levels are from towards the front of the section.
We are always looking to improve functionality of elements on Orioles.com and beyond. As you may know, MLB Advanced Media operates all 30 MLB teams' websites, and we will discuss with them any options to increase the functionality of the chart. Thanks for calling this to our attention.
For some of our smaller-scale promotions, we do provide multiple sizes of t-shirts such as 2110 Eutaw Street and MLB At the Ballpark check-in shirts. But when doing a giveaway that requires 10,000 items at eight to ten distribution points, it is nearly impossible to properly distribute them to the satisfaction of most fans, which is why most teams do not offer shirts in multiple sizes for large-scale giveaways. The reason we use an XL is that it fits the most body types and fans can wear a shirt that is too large but one cannot wear a shirt that is too small.
Orioles Hall of Fame Ceremony:
The Orioles Hall of Fame Ceremony will take place on Saturday, August 25th. Former Orioles pitcher Mike Mussina and second baseman Rich Dauer have been elected to the Orioles Hall of Fame, while longtime Orioles scout Walter Youse will be inducted posthumously as this year's Herb Armstrong Award winner. Mussina, Dauer and Youse will be honored at a luncheon sponsored by the Oriole Advocates, founders of the Orioles Hall of Fame, on Friday, August 24. Tickets for the luncheon are available by calling 410-247-2703. Tickets for the induction ceremony and the Orioles-Blue Jays game on Saturday, August 25 are available at www.orioles.com or by calling 1-888-848-BIRD. The ceremony typically begins one half-hour before the game begins, or approximately 6:30 p.m.
Frank Robinson Unveiling:
The Orioles appreciate the overwhelmingly positive response from fans regarding the Frank Robinson sculpture unveiling. As this was the first of six of these special ceremonies, we learned a great deal about how to improve the experience for fans even more going forward. We are certainly looking into enhancements to our A/V system, adjustment to gate opening times, and several other operational elements that we believe will improve the fan experience for the remainder of the Orioles Legends Celebration Series. Your feedback is always appreciated.
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