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Opening Day is merely days away, and with a new GM at the helm, it feels like the only way for the Orioles is up. With that in mind, the franchise announced today that it’s bringing back one of its most popular promotions ever, letting parents bring the kids along to ballgames free of charge.

The Kids Cheer Free program, an instant hit upon its rollout last year, invites parents to bring up to two children ages 9 and younger to the ballpark at no cost after they purchase an upper deck ticket. The program runs through the whole season, save for Opening Day, offering 80 home games to choose from. The team is already taking reservations.

“The Orioles are committed to welcoming families from all walks of life to experience our national pastime at Oriole Park,” Orioles executive vice president John Angelos said in a statement. “Our goal is to make baseball as accessible as possible for families and children. As our organization continues to cast a broad community outreach, we will continue to create and strengthen family-friendly programs, initiatives, and experiences.”

There’s a host of other family-friendly programming to sweeten the deal this season, including the updated Kids’ Corner, complimentary fireworks and live music after every Friday home game from June through August, and the Sunday home game tradition Kids Run the Bases, for fans ages 4-14.

And Kids’ Opening Day also returns on Sunday, April 7, when Baltimore takes on the New York Yankees. The first 7,500 fans under 14 in the park get a free O’s lunch bag.

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Ethan McLeod

Ethan McLeod is a freelance reporter in Baltimore. He previously worked as an editor for the Baltimore Business Journal and Baltimore Fishbowl. His work has appeared in Bloomberg CityLab, Next City and...