Baltimore Orioles Announce 2020 Ticket Refund Policy
Shortly after the MLB announced that teams would devise their own policies for refunding tickets, the Baltimore Orioles shared theirs.
The Baltimore Orioles 2020 refund policy offers fans two options on their tickets for unplayed games due to Covid-19: refunds or credits.
The refunds or credits are for games scheduled between Opening Day and May 31. Fans who would prefer a cash refund can call the Orioles at 1-888-848-BIRD before June 30. The refund requests could take up to 30 days to process. The Orioles will refund 100% of the ticket price. More information is available on the Orioles website.
However, if you can wait until later, you get a better deal. The unplayed game tickets will serve as credit for a future game and the best part is that the value of tickets goes up! But, the tickets aren’t just good for games in 2020, the Orioles will provide 125% of the cost of the ticket for games in 2021 and 2022. So, if you have an $85 Field Box ticket, it will be worth $106.25.
If you purchased your tickets online, you can expect to receive a message from Ticketmaster or the Orioles. However, if you purchased your tickets from a reseller like Stubhub, you should contact them or visit their website to see what their policy is.
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This ticket-refund policy came about after a federal lawsuit filed earlier in April. Fans in New York sued the MLB because the fans were stuck with tickets for unplayed games. Anyone who has purchased tickets to MLB games knows that they aren’t cheap. The fans sued the MLB and several of the ticket sellers like Ticketmaster, Stubhub, and Live Nation. They were hoping the lawsuit would become a class-action suit.
The ticket-refund policy only applies to games scheduled through May 31. As communities are starting to reopen, no one really knows what will happen with MLB teams. It is doubtful that they will open to full capacity, which shouldn’t be much of an issues for Orioles fans – as ticket sales plummeted in the last few years.
Camden Yards can hold nearly 46,000 fans, but during at least 13 games, fewer than 10,000 tickets were sold. According to Amanda Yeager with the Baltimore Business Journal, the team saw an average of 16,347 spectators, which only 36% of the capacity at Camden Yards. In the 27-year history of Oriole Park at Camden Yards, it was the worst attendance on record.