When the Baltimore Orioles announced that Wednesday's home game against the Chicago White Sox would be held behind closed doors, few questioned why the decision was made in light of unrest in the city.
But given what is believed to be the first game in MLB history with no fans present, nobody knew exactly how it would play out — which made it all the more interesting to people on Twitter.
In the hours leading up to the game, both #Orioles and Camden Yards were trending on Twitter in the U.S. The #GhostGame hashtag also picked up steam as reporters and fans started arriving to the area and sharing photos of what they saw.
Plenty of photos showed fans finding ways to catch the game live from beyond the stadium's gates.
Some fans created their own classic ball-game experience by bringing along food and signs and by dancing or singing in the streets.
Fans watching outside the Camden St gate thrilled to support their Orioles. Passionate. pic.twitter.com/OMZDqyWhOk— @WBALPete
The few reporters inside the game and some of those listening from outside of the stadium provided colourful live details on what was taking place.
Chants of "Let's Go O's" picking up again outside the stadium as Geovany Soto comes to bat with one out in the third.— @Bencjacobs
First ghost run scores for Os and we could hear the slide.— @Noahbierman
Now fans spelling out O-R-I-O-L-E-S from outside the ballpark. The press box is at least 500 feet away and can hear clearly.— @Bencjacobs
Another home run. Machado hears it from the crowd -- a smattering of fans behind the center field gates.— @Noahbierman
They also shared shots of the relatively empty stadium, which looked almost eerie with only a handful of the 45,971 seats at Camden Yards filled by scouts and reporters.
This is the 5th inning of a Major League Baseball game pic.twitter.com/NzOx1639dl— @Bencjacobs
Naturally, the soundtrack of the game was well-documented too.
With a certain healthy dose of irony, Jackson Browne's Running On Empty now playing between innings at Camden Yards.— @Bencjacobs
Thanks to the fans out past centerfield, "Seven Nation Army" graced this game despite a paid attendance of 0.— @jonbernhardt
Take Me Out to the Ballgame was, in fact, played at Camden Yards today. And now John Denver, as is customary here. Fans outside like it.— @jonmorosi
And it appears as though the lack of distractions from the audience worked out in Baltimore's favour — the Orioles ended up beating the White Sox 8-2.