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Orioles offering fans 125% credit as part of ticket refund policy for games impacted by COVID-19

Orioles offering fans 125% credit as part of ticket refund policy for games impacted by COVID-19

With the baseball season's suspension about to enter its second month as a result of the COVID-19 global pandemic, the Orioles have announced their updated ticket refund policy.

Like many organizations around the world, the Orioles understand this global emergency is out of the control of their fans, and they are doing everything possible to assist season ticket holders who had already purchased plans for missed games.

Per the team's website, the new policy applies to games through May 31, though it may continue on if the season is still not underway.

Here are some of the most important exerpts from the Frequently Asked Questions section in the team's new coronavirus-related policy.

What is your ticket policy for games impacted by COVID-19?

"While we wait for the safe return of baseball, we are offering fans the option of a 125% credit for impacted games through the end of May, which may be used for future regular season games in 2020, 2021, or 2022."

What if my circumstances require a different option?

"We certainly recognize that the COVID-19 pandemic has created great hardships for many families and businesses. The Orioles will also offer fans the choice of a full refund for the impacted games, if preferred."

What will happen to my tickets for games in June and beyond?

"Major League Baseball continues to work closely with elected leaders and public health officials to monitor the situation and the Orioles will provide updates regarding the possibility of future impacted games in the 2020 season."

What are my options if I purchased tickets through a third-party seller (StubHub, Vivid Seats, etc.) for a game date that has passed?

"Fans who purchased tickets on StubHub or any other secondary market must contact the customer service staff for that business for inquiries regarding their policy for tickets to impacted games."

For specific steps to be taken and further information, you can find the policy and all Frequently Asked Questions here.

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Orioles' 2021 schedule is released, looks similar to 2020

Orioles' 2021 schedule is released, looks similar to 2020

Though the 2020 MLB season has not yet begun, the 2021 MLB schedule was released on Thursday. For the Baltimore Orioles, next year's campaign is somewhat similar to the condensed season they'll begin playing starting at the end of July.

Much like this year, Baltimore will open up the season on the road against the Boston Red Sox. The three-game series will take place from April 1-4, with an off day scheduled after the first game of the series. Opening Day for all 30 teams will be on April 1.

As for interleague play, the Orioles face the same National League opponents they'll see in 2020. Facing off against the NL East, Baltimore will play the Marlins and the Phillies on the road, and host the Braves and Mets. They'll also have the standard home-road series with the Nationals. Games at Nationals Park will be played on May 21-23, while the matchups at OPACY will be on July 23-25.

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Sticking with the theme, the Orioles will close the season with a three-game road series against the Toronto Blue Jays, just like they do in 2020. The 2021 regular season will come to a close on October 3.

There are really two main differences between the Orioles 2020 and 2021 schedules, and in a normal season, they wouldn't be as noticeable. First, the plan is to once again have 162 games be played in the next campaign. That means Baltimore will get the opportunity to play teams from the AL West and AL Central, something that was eliminated this year.

The release of the 2021 schedule came at an unexpected time, as baseball just figured out 2020 earlier in the month. There were no prior hints that a drop was coming, and it's the earliest the league has ever released the schedule for the following year.  

A 60-game season in 2020 may slightly delay Baltimore's plan for the future in terms of prospects, but 2021 could still prove to be the year that faces of the rebuild like Adley Rutschman make their MLB debuts.

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Orioles' 60-game 2020 season begins with Opening Day on the road in Boston

Orioles' 60-game 2020 season begins with Opening Day on the road in Boston

Baseball is coming.

Major League Baseball announced its 2020 schedule on Monday evening, as each of the league's 30 clubs found out their 60-game slate for this year's pandemic-shortened season. For the Baltimore Orioles, that means an away date with the Boston Red Sox when the sport returns.

Baltimore will travel to Boston for a three-game series with rival Red Sox, starting on Friday, July 24, to begin its 2020 season. After a quick two-game series with the Miami Marlins following their weekend series in Boston, Baltimore returns home for an eight-game homestand beginning with the team's home opener on July 29 against Miami.

The Orioles are scheduled for a 10-game homestand from August 14-23, hosting series with the Washington Nationals, Toronto Blue Jays and Boston Red Sox.

However, the O's will head on the road for over a week immediately after, as Baltimore will play seven consecutive games away from Camden Yards from August 25-31.

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The New York Yankees, arguably Baltimore's toughest opponent this season, first come to Baltimore on August 3 for a three-game series. Baltimore will have an extended stay in New York from September 8-13, as they are scheduled for a two-game series with the Mets before a four-game set with the Yankees.

Baltimore's season will conclude with two road series, beginning in Boston from September 22-24 before traveling to Toronto from September 25-27.

You can see the full schedule below:

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