The Orioles and the Unites States Naval Academy announced a far-reaching partnership that will bring an Army-Navy doubleheader to Oriole Park at Camden Yards later this month.
As part of the collaboration, 1,000 midshipmen will get to attend a game at Camden Yards in August; the Orioles plan to play an exhibition game in Annapolis, Md., next March, and the Navy baseball team will travel to Sarasota, Fla., to train at the Orioles complex in future years.
The first event marking the partnership is the upcoming Army-Navy doubleheader at Camden Yards March 25. The games will start at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Tickets are on sale at orioles.com/navy and are $10 for general admission lower level seating, with all proceeds split evenly by the Naval Academy Athletic Association and the Fisher House Foundation. The Fisher House Foundation provides free lodging for families of patients receiving medical care at major military and VA medical centers. There are Fisher House locations throughout Maryland, Washington, D.C., and Virginia.
Parking will be available for $5 in Lots A, B and C. Concessions will be available with all proceeds also benefiting the two nonprofit organizations. Military members in uniform will receive free admission. Game One will be televised on CBS Sports Network.
"The entire Orioles organization is honored to join with the United States Naval Academy now and for many years to come in this unique year-round partnership in sports and charitable programming that brings Orioles players and fans together with the Midshipmen and leadership of such a venerated national institution," Orioles executive vice president John Angelos said in a statement.
In August, 1,000 Naval Academy Midshipman will enjoy their first off-campus experience as plebes when they are guests of the Orioles at a game as part of a "Navy Day" celebration. The specific date as well as festivities for the game will be announced at a later day.
In March 2019, the Orioles will play an exhibition game against a Major League team at Max Bishop Stadium in Annapolis, schedule permitting.
And in the coming years, when the Navy baseball team travels to Sarasota to the Orioles' year-round training facility during spring training, the Midshipmen will get to work out with the Orioles and play exhibition games against the club's minor league teams.
"These are exciting times to be partnered with the Orioles on a number of events," director of Athletics for Navy Chet Gladchuk said in a statement. "The baseball team will enjoy an amazing experience, and the doubleheader is a fantastic way to showcase the great Army-Navy rivalry. Our thanks to the Angelos family and Orioles management."
Angelos underscored the uniqueness of the partnership that reinforces the Orioles' commitment to the region.
"It has been my personal honor to work hand-in-hand with those who set the course at the Naval Academy to develop this one-of-a-kind collaborative effort of a professional sports team with the great military service academy that calls our State of Maryland and the Mid-Atlantic region that the Orioles serve its home," Angelos said. "We show our appreciation for the Academy's presence here in our community and our respect for the example that its members set every day by calling attention to and working in support of the Academy's enduring service to our nation."
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