Sports fans were looking forward to chowing down on peanuts and crackerjacks and cheering on the Diamondbacks at Chase Field on Opening Day, but because the spread of coronavirus has caused the suspension of large gatherings across the country, Major League Baseball has been put on hold.
Those fans can still get their baseball fix, however, with Opening Day at Home, a full-day, cross-platform viewing event on Thursday, March 26. Opening Day at Home features a full slate of 30 MLB games nationally available across a slew of streaming and social media platforms, including Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.
The experience allows fans to feel a sense of community while staying home. Fans can connect with each other by using the hashtag #OpeningDayAtHome while watching their team’s game at a set time. One winning game will be broadcast for each MLB club and fans can watch classic Opening Day games all day on the MLB Network. All 2018 and 2019 games will also be available for free through MLB.tv. For more information, visit MLB.com.
Opening Day at Home is also an opportunity for MLB to raise awareness for a handful of charities that are helping to provide necessary relief to communities impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. Last week, Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association made a $1 million joint donation to Feeding America and Meals on Wheels and a $30 million commitment to emergency relief for ballpark employees. If they are financially able, fans can also contribute to these causes and more at MLB.com/give.