Orioles will begin postseason at 1 p.m. Saturday, ahead of Billy Joel and Stevie Nicks concert next door

In what might be some of the eventful days the Camden Yards advanced has seen in recent times, the Orioles will bat leadoff.

Before rock legends Billy Joel and Stevie Nicks play a joint present at M&T Bank Stadium on Saturday at 7 p.m., the Orioles will host Game 1 of the American League Division Series at 1 p.m. They will face both the Texas Rangers or the Tampa Bay Rays.

Start occasions for the Orioles’ different ALDS video games, together with Game 2 in Baltimore, weren’t but introduced by MLB.

Weather could possibly be an element Saturday. Chance of precipitation is 50%, in keeping with the National Weather Service.

As the very best staff within the AL, the Orioles obtained a bye by means of the wild-card spherical of the playoffs, however will start the best-of-five sequence Saturday. It marks the primary playoff look since 2016 for the Orioles, who shocked the baseball world this season by successful 101 video games, the membership’s most since 1979.

The Ravens introduced in January that Joel and Nicks would play at M&T Bank Stadium on Oct. 7. At that point, there was no recognized battle with the Orioles, though there was at all times risk Baltimore may host a postseason recreation that day. That turned a actuality when the Orioles completed as one of many AL’s high two division winners, awarding them residence discipline benefit in Game 1 of the ALDS.

Hosting the occasions concurrently shouldn’t be possible as it might create downtown congestion on roads and within the parking tons shared by the stadiums, that are each positioned on the identical 85-acre parcel. Each occasion is probably going to attract at the very least 40,000 folks, which might create a logistical dilemma in the event that they had been to happen on the similar time, given the variety of attendees who sometimes drive.

Hosting the occasions back-to-back will nonetheless be a problem, as the top of the Orioles recreation may coincide with concertgoers’ early arrival downtown. Earlier this 12 months, the Ravens hosted 19,217 followers at an open apply at 12:45 p.m. on Saturday, July 29, earlier than the New York Yankees visited Camden Yards to face the Orioles at 7:15 p.m in entrance of a crowd of 42,829.

At Tuesday’s Maryland Stadium Authority board assembly, Vernon Conaway, vp of public security and safety, referenced July 29 as he mentioned how the authority, which owns each venues, would deal with Saturday’s occasions.

“We have a model for being able to pull off two events on the same day,” he stated. “It’s going to rely on communications, coordination and cooperation by all the partners.”

The Joel and Nicks present is M&T Bank’s first standalone live performance since Metallica performed there in May 2017, on a day the Orioles had been on the street.

The shared advanced has created conflicts earlier than. After the Ravens gained Super Bowl XVLII, they had been scheduled to comply with custom and host the opening recreation of the NFL’s 2013 season. However, the Orioles had a house recreation scheduled on the identical date and the groups couldn’t attain an settlement; as an alternative, the Ravens performed that week in Denver towards the Broncos.

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