BALTIMORE - Thursday night’s NFL game between the Baltimore Ravens and Cleveland Browns was impacted when protesters marching against the results of Tuesday's presidential election briefly caused M&T Bank Stadium to be “locked down” for several minutes.
The protesters did not cause an interruption in the game, won 28-7 by the Ravens. Team officials confirmed that two gates were closed when protesters arrived at the stadium, but only for about three minutes.
“Once there was no interruption, [the gates] were opened in short order," Ravens publicity director Kevin Byrne told Justin Fenton of the Baltimore Sun.
The protest in Baltimore is one of several events nationwide against President-elect Donald Trump. It began around 6 p.m. in north Baltimore, and by game time at 8:30, hundreds of protesters were outside M&T Stadium, WJZ reported.
The protests did not end until about 10:30 p.m. There were no arrests, but two people were detained at one point, WJZ reported. The crowd eventually left the stadium and moved toward nearby Camden Yards, home of the Baltimore Orioles, WJZ reported.
In 2015, Baltimore was the site of another protest that affected a sporting event. The death of Freddie Gray sparked riots in the city, leading to the postponement of an Orioles game against the Chicago White Sox. The game was eventually played, but in an empty stadium for fan safety.
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