Major League Baseball franchise the Atlanta Braves is offering free tickets for its series against the Miami Marlins to Florida residents that have been displaced by Hurricane Irma.
Fans must show their Florida-issued identification at a Braves box office in order to receive a ticket for the four-game series.
“We know how difficult it has been for those who have had to pack up and leave their homes as Hurricane Irma approaches,” said Braves president of business Derek Schiller. “We hope we can help take their mind off the storm for a few hours by coming to enjoy a baseball game at SunTrust Park (pictured).”
After the National Weather Service revealed that Hurricane Irma would hit the east coast of Florida on Saturday night, state officials began a mandatory evacuation from the Florida Keys. Some residents in Miami-Dade and Broward counties have been asked to leave too.
Following the four-game series with the Braves, the Marlins have a three-game away series against the Philadelphia Phillies before returning back to Florida to take on the Milwaukee Brewers on September 15.
Hard Rock Stadium, home to the NFL American football franchise the Miami Dolphins, is opening its doors for the relief efforts ahead of Hurricane Irma.
The 64,767-capacity venue is set to become the staging area for those affected by the Category Five storm, which has forced the Dolphins’ Saturday evening game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to be postponed.