Confetti, balloons, and rousing applause greeted the announcement on Feb. 26 when the Orioles selected Diana Love of Sarasota as the "One Millionth Fan" to attend an Orioles Spring Training game at Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota. In a special on-field presentation, Love received a $5,000 shopping experience at Diamond Vault in Sarasota, two Spring Training season tickets for five years, and more.
"I just want to say how excited I am to be the one millionth person to be here at Ed Smith Stadium. You know I'm going to be back here [at the ballpark] again," said Love, a retired elementary school teacher. "I think that it represents what the Orioles have done for Sarasota, to have one million people come here. I am thrilled beyond words."
More fun and fans are on the way to Ed Smith Stadium as Orioles Spring Training continues through March 25.