The Maryland Stadium Authority has implemented a ban on smoking at the Camden Yards Stadium Complex that includes both the Baltimore Ravens M&T Bank Stadium and the Baltimore Orioles Camden Yards. The ban will be in full effect on March 4.
This newly imposed ban by the Maryland Stadium Authority prohibits "the burning of a lighted cigarette, cigar, pipe or any other matter or substance that contains tobacco" within the stadiums. This ban is in effect even though there may be designated sections throughout the Camden Yards Stadium Complex. Not only does the ban effect smoking inside the stadium, but it also prohibits smoking within 25 feet of any entry, outdoor air intake, or operable window of the stadium structure.
Baltimore has already come out and stated they will find a solution for their smoking fans. Roy Sommerhof, Vice President of Stadium Operations for the Ravens, stated that the team will make accommodations for those attending football games and other special events held at M&T Bank Stadium who wish to smoke.
The Ravens are in a little better place with this than the Orioles do because they will not have any Ravens games to worry about untill August when preseason games begin, but the Orioles are expected to announce their accommodation for smokers prior to Opening Day.
I am personally not a smoker, so this policy does not effect me personally; to counter that though, I like to attend games with my smoking father, and I know that this policy will be a bit of an issue for him. Odds are they will have one or more special exits that will lead to a smoking area and allow fans back into the game, but the issue is if you are in the upper deck, as you will have to go all the way down to the ground level to smoke and go all the way back up to the upper deck to get back to your seat.
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