The closure of Light Street didn't heavily disrupt the flow of baseball fans to Camden Yards on Tuesday night for the Orioles' first home game since a burst water main shut the street section last week, fans and officials said.
Whether that will remain true for the team's next five games — which are all at home, and on busier days of the week — wasn't clear.
Fans from around the region who were streaming into the stadium just before the 7:05 p.m. start to the Orioles' game against the Tampa Bay Rays reported no problems getting into town, whether they came in from the north or south, via car or public transportation.
"Easy," Stacey Bredar said of her commute to the game about 6:30 p.m. from Reisterstown, south on Interstate 83 and over to Lombard Street. "It was clear."
Steve Padilla, who made a similar trip from north of the city, reported the same.
"I just took Lombard, and ... had no problems," the University of Maryland Medical Center employee said.
Officials said before Tuesday's game that they were unsure how the game-day traffic would work around the two blocks of Light — between Baltimore and Lombard streets — that are closed.
While commuters who regularly drive in Baltimore have "actually moved around pretty well" in reaction to the closure, officials didn't know how less-frequent drivers of the city would handle it, said Frank Murphy, deputy director of the city's transportation department.
Late Tuesday, Murphy said they appeared to have handled it fine.
"Even St. Paul Street, which for now dead-ends at Fayette, was not a problem," Murphy said.
The Orioles' next two games, both against the Rays, are Wednesday at 7:05 p.m. and Thursday at 12:35 p.m. The Orioles then play the Oakland Athletics at home Friday and Saturday at 7:05 p.m. and Sunday at 1:35 p.m.
Despite the lack of game-related jams Tuesday, Murphy said coming games may be busier, and recommended people take the light rail or Metro.
Andy Baranauskas and Austin Villalobos, from Hampstead in Carroll County, would agree.
To get to Tuesday night's game, they drove to Owings Mills, then took the Metro from there, to avoid driving into the city, they said.
"It was just more convenient, and it's quicker that way," Baranauskas said.
Traffic for coming Orioles home games is most likely to be congested coming south into the city, according to city Department of Transportation deputy director Frank Murphy. Murphy recommends the following routes to drivers:
•Interstate 83 to Maryland Avenue/Cathedral Street/Hopkins Place/Sharp Street
•Franklin Street to Greene Street to Russell (for on-site stadium lots)
•I-83 South to President to Lombard (but Lombard is always busy)
•I-83 to the Pleasant Street exit or the Guilford Avenue exit, follow Guilford to Lombard
•Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard to Pratt Street or Baltimore Street (or to Russell if heading to lots south of the stadium)Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times