congressional baseball

Yesterday’s tragic shooting in Alexandria, Virginia had many wondering if tonight’s scheduled 56th annual Congressional baseball game would go on. Both teams decided it was more important than ever to show that politicians can put politics aside long enough to raise money for charity.

The game’s proceeds benefit the Washington Nationals Dream Foundation, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington, the Washington Literary Center and, as of today, the Capitol Police Memorial Fund.

According to the game’s event planners, tickets have been flying off the shelf after yesterday’s shooting. Around 500 tickets per hour have been told throughout the course of the day. Just before 12 p.m. EST, 18,000 tickets had been sold.

Organizers say they are anticipating raising $1 million when everything is said and done. Last year, the game raised $500,000.

Because of the media’s interest in the story, organizers are attempting to accommodate as many reporters as possible.

“There will be a designated seating area for print media. There is no access to the press box, but wireless internet is available at the stadium,” the press office told Roll Call.

Doors to the game open at 5:30 p.m. EST. The first pitch is at 7:05 p.m. EST.

Tickets for tonight’s game can be purchased here for $15.

If you are unable to attend the game but want to watch, CSPAN will be broadcasting the game live.