Feb 25, 2013
The Baltimore smoke-out has expanded.
The authority implemented the smoking ban at Oriole Park at Camden Yards, the warehouse attached to the stadium and at M&T Bank Stadium. The ban includes “the burning of a lighted cigarette, cigar, pipe, or any other matter or substance that contains tobacco” and applies to all spaces in the Camden Yards Sports Complex that are covered or uncovered, walled or exposed or open or closed to public access, the MSA said.
It also forbids smoking within 25 feet of any entry, outdoor air intake, or operable window of the stadium structures.
The move follows a 2008 vote by the Baltimore City Council to ban smoking inside restaurants, bars and private clubs.
The smoking ban at the stadiums was voted on by the MSA board and then subjected to a 60-day public comment phase that drew little reaction, said Michael Frenz, a spokesman for the stadium authority.
If the stadium smoking ban is violated, warnings would be issued before a fine was imposed, Frenz said. The amount of the fine had not been set, he added.
The Orioles were expected to announce a new smoking policy before Opening Day on April 5, Frenz said, that would allow fans to leave the ballgame and smoke outside of Oriole Park and then return to the stadium.
A designated smoking area on the first floor concourse at M&T Bank Stadium is set to be deconstructed, he added.