WASHINGTON, DC — The 56th annual Congressional Baseball Game will go on as planned at the Nationals Park despite the Wednesday’s shooting, that injured Republican members of Congress during practice.
The Congressional Baseball Game for Charity posted on Facebook that it has raised more than $1 million dollars ahead of Thursday’s game.
“The Nationals operation has also generously released additional seating for the game. We have exceeded 20,000 in ticket sales,” the Facebook post stated.
According to Roll Call, a newspaper in D.C., baseball game tickets were selling at a rate of 500 per hour.
Proceeds from today’s game will benefit the Washington Nationals Dream Foundation, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington, the Washington Library Center, and the newly added Capitol Police Memorial Fund.
Last year’s game raised $500,000 for charity.
The Congressional Baseball Game has been played between Democrats and Republicans since 1909, and the two parties have split the series with 39 wins a piece and one tie.
The first pitch as at 7:05 p.m. and gates open at 5:30 p.m. Metropolitan Police Department and the Department of Transportation will have street closures and detours in place.