Game Plan

When it opened in 1992, Ori­ole Park at Cam­den Yards set a new stan­dard for ur­ban, base­ball-only sta­di­ums, and it re­mains one of the ma­jors’ most beloved fields. Here are nine in­nings of tips to make your visit a home run.

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FIRST Be sure to get to your seats in time for the na­tional an­them. Fans yell “O!” as the per­former sings, “O say does that star-span­gled ban­ner yet wave.” The shout- out is a trib­ute to both the team and the lyrics that were penned in Bal­ti­more’s har­bor by Fran­cis Scott Key. SEC­OND A relic from the site’s rail-yard days, the circa 1900 B&O Ware­house is the sta­dium’s sig­na­ture back­drop. Stroll in­side to sam­ple a base­ballthemed beer (Wild Pitch Wheat, Rain De­lay IPA) at Dempsey’s, named for an Ori­oles catcher, or shop for gear at the team store. THIRD Walk along Eutaw Street, be­tween the ware­house and the sta­dium, and look down at the plaques show­ing where homers landed. In a game, no one’s ever hit the ware­house— 432 feet from home plate down the right field line. FOURTH Grab a bite at Boog’s BBQ, op­er­ated by leg­endary first base­man Boog Pow­ell. Pit beef, a Bal­ti­more spe­cialty, is the fo­cus, and as the lines prove, Boog does it right. You might even spot the big man him­self be­hind the counter or work­ing the crowd. FIFTH Stand in the Flag Court, and watch the game from above the right field score­board. Flags for each Amer­i­can League team are flown in or­der of the cur­rent di­vi­sional stand­ings. SIXTH If the chil­dren are get­ting antsy, take them to the Kids’ Cor­ner, fea­tur­ing a moon bounce, speed pitch and bat­ting cage. After Sun­day games, kids un­der 14 can run the bases. SEV­ENTH Re­turn to your seats for a sing-along ver­sion of “Thank God I’m a Coun­try Boy.” The team started play­ing the John Den­ver tune in the 1970s, and it’s been a sev­enth-in­ning sta­ple ever since. EIGHTH As­cend to the Roof Deck, over­look­ing cen­ter field. You need a ticket to sit in one of the seats, but any­one is wel­come to stand and watch the game on the field or on one of the full-ser­vice bar’s TVs. NINTH When the game’s tight, of­ten there’s ac­tion in the bullpens, where the re­lief pitch­ers warm up. Along the rail­ing above them, fans line up for great views of 90-mileper-hour fast­balls that pop into the catcher’s glove. Nearby, Ori­oles Leg­ends Park dis­plays stat­ues of six greats, in­clud­ing Cal Rip­ken Jr. and Frank Robin­son. EX­TRA IN­NINGS At Pick­les Pub, in the shadow of the sta­dium, sa­vor a beer (or two) and cel­e­brate a win, or drown your sor­rows and pro­claim, “We’ll get ‘em to­mor­row!”

Eutaw Street crowds

O’s in ac­tion

Dempsey’s taps

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