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.
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