Camden Yards - Raven's Stadium, Baltimore
Out in front of Camden Yards is a statue of Baltmore native George Herman "Babe" Ruth. Babe Ruth was a fine pitcher for the Red Sox before the stupid team owner, Harry Frazee, sold him to the Yankees where the Babe became one of the game's finest hitters. He held the single season home run record with 60 homers until Roger Marris upped him with 61. And Babe Ruth is the number three all-time home run hitter with 714. Only Barry Bonds (762) and Hank Aaron (755) have more.
This wonderful statue is dedicated to Babe Ruth and sculpted by Susan Luery in 1996. Babe Ruth was left-handed and he is holding a right-handed fielder's glove. This statue is sculpted to represent during his earlier career. There is a little bit of controversy in regards to his glove. The said there was a mistake on the statue because the statue has a left handed glove and during this time period it was before left handed gloves were available. Yet, the people who worked on the project said they used an actual photograph so there is not mistake. I say who cares the statue is wonderful and a lovely tribute to a man who was caring, giving, and a true talent who loved playing baseball.
The statue is entitled, "Babe's Dream", and shows him at the beginning of his career.
Inscription: "George Herman" Babe Ruth, Baltimorean. Feb. 6, 1895 - Aug. 16, 1948.
One of our Baltoberfest activities included a major league game .. I have to say it was my first. Before I got there, I verfied the colors of the team I was to root for - afterall these fashion choices are so very important! Okay, these things are important when you have no idea as to the rules of the game and know nothing about the little rituals that go into participating as a spectator :)
Despite getting our buts whiped by the visitng team, and being outnumbered in the stands by that team's fans .... I had a BLAST!
I was surrounded by other VTers, locals and out of towners, and had direction on when to yell and what to yell. The stadium is absolutely gorgeous, and the sunset that evening was amazing! Stadium food is pricey as you'd expect ... but dang those dawgs are GOOD!
Coming from a non-sporting backgroud I was surprised at how fervently the locals love their teams ... this time I saw the Orioles, maybe next time I'll see the Ravens play across the road :)
Being from Podunk, North Carolina I had never experienced a Major League Baseball game before. Now I have! Camden Yard is a great facility that provided a memorable time I will never forget.
If you look closely at the picture you will see the baseball as it approaches the batter... Do you see it? I don't remember if it was a "strike" or a "ball" or was hit for extra bases. I had a hard enough time just trying to get an action shot for you! Welcome to Camden Yard!
The local football team is the Ravens and the baseball team is the Orioles. Both teams have beautiful stadiums and I was recently at the Orioles home field, Camden Yards watching a great game. The stadium is arguably the finest in the country. Both stadiums are located very close to each other in the downtown area within walking distance of most area attractions.
Babe Ruth may be America's most enduring spots icon. All he did was transform baseball, and was by far the most popular player in his era. Though he played in Boston and New York, the Babe was born in Baltimore. This statue outside Oriole Park at Camden Yards, two blocks from his birthplace, commorates one of Baltimore's most famous sons.
Interestingly, though his statue is outside Camden Yards, Babe Ruth is more famous for another ballpark. Yankee Stadium in New York is known as "the House that Ruth built", because of his contributions to the game (and to the Yankees).
The Babe was born in Baltimore in 1895, & died in 1948. He's buried at Gate of Heaven Cemetary in Hawthorne NY, near my home. Baseball fans do visit his grave and leave mementos, something I've never done but hope to sometime.
You may think of a trip to see a baseball stadium as a sports tip. That's true in many cases, but Orioles Park at Camden Yards is different. Opened in 1992, it's the first of the "retro" baseball stadiums that are so common in the major leagues now, and it's really quite special.
Of course, the best time to visit Camden Yards is to see a game, but it's worth a visit any time . The best way to see it is on Eutaw Street, which separates the outfield from the signature warehouse. On game days it's quite a social center, not to mention a great backdrop for the game, but just to peer into the stadium through the outfield gate, as I did, is quite a treat. The Orioles also offer ballpark tours for a $7 fee (kids and seniors pay $5). Call (410) 547-6234 for more info.
Camden Yards is located two blocks from the birthplace of Babe Ruth, one of America's most enduring baseball icons. There's a Babe Ruth Museum right in that spot. You can also check out the plaques of retired Orioles players at Camden Yards. The Orioles have fallen on hard times, but they used to be quite a team with many great players.
Camden Yards is one of America's most famous sports stadiums, and definitely worth a visit no matter what time of year.
If you're going to visit the USA, you should attend at least one baseball game. One of the best parks to see a baseball game is the Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Conveniently situated right near the Inner Harbor, Camden Yards affords tremendous views of the game at reasonable prices. There are also all sorts of food stands, restaurants, shops, pubs, and beer stands inside the park. Some people just enter the park to stroll down Eutaw Street, eat, and drink beer (entrance fee without a seat: $10). Prices vary for seats; probably the best value are the Upper Deck sections right behind Home Plate for $20.
Camden Yards is only open when there's a baseball game, of course -- opening roughly 2 hours before game time. Beer is available until the end of the 7th Inning. Food stands generally close during the 9th Inning. One final note: once you enter the stadium, you may leave, but you will not be allowed to re-enter.
If you are a sports fan, Baltimore is the place to be! The Raven's football stadium and the Oriole's Camden yards baseball park are incredible places to go to see a game. Both are located downtown only a few minutes walk from the inner harbor and federal hill. There is much to do and see at the stadium even if you don't enjoy the game. On football days there is a huge stream of fans walking through the federal hill neighborhood stopping in at the local bars on the way too and from the game.
Without a doubt, one of the best things to do on a Baltimore summer evening or Sunday afternoon is attend a baseball game at Camden Yards. The stadium itself is an attraction, being the first of the new "retro" designed stadiums that set a trend around the U.S. in stadium design (these stadiums focus on fan enjoyment and visual aesthetics rather than the multi-sport efficiuency of the 1970's vintage stadiums). But, of course, you also get to see the Orioles and some of the American League's best players.
The attached picture is of Cal Ripken at bat during a game in 1996. We've had the pleasure of attending his record breaking "2131" game and the last game of his career. It was memorable to be there when a Baltimore icon nroke Lou Gehrig's consecutive game streak and later when he retired. The team has not been the same without Cal.
As Red Sox fans we are used to small cramped seats, obstructed views and a pervasive beer-laced urine smell when visiting the hallowed halls of Fenway. Even though we love and revere the awesome experience and appreciate the history - we would prefer that our butts were comfortable and to be able to actually see the game without cramping our necks. Camden Yards offers that as well as some very good food vendors and reasonable prices too. And...since the Baltimore fans don't pack the place, there are almost always good seats available.
This was a very nice picnic area in the Right Field area just behind the scoreboard. I did not have tickets in this area, I could not get in, but it looked like the people that did werehaving a really great time eating out under the shade of trees with baseball being played behind them. I'm sure if you contact the Orioles ticket sales they'd tell you how to get tickets that allow entrance to this part of the ballpark...
I know, I know, I have yet to catch a game at Wrigley Field in Chicago (and thats bad for a true blue Cubs fan) but I do tell you this: Camden yards is THE best baseball park I have EVER been to. It just feels like baseball from the moment you walk up to the B&O Warehouse that shadows the Right Field wall. A summertime trip to Baltimore is incomplete without a game at Camden Yards
Go to Orioles Stadium. (ask anyone directions)
Go to the Inner Harbor.
Go to the Gallery. (cool mall, overpriced everything, but cool mall!)
Go to Federal Hill
Go to the Aquarium and visit the Rainforest at the top of the Aquarium!
Board all the ships that are boardable in the harbor.
Go to Fells Point - eat crabs.
Go to Fells Point - Get coffee
Visit the 'Top of The World' at the Balt. World Trade Center.
LOT's and LOTS of war stuff.
Visit the homepage for more info on what to do. TOO TOO much to type here. REally. It is.
Definitely, go to the harbor, go to California Pizza kitchen, order thier eggroll things that rock, have a beer, catch a friday harbor concert (summers only) then buy a water taxi ticket, and head over to Fells Point. Check out the shops, maybe grab some dinner, go to a small local theater (on Ann Street), and then cab back or taxi back to your place of lodging.
have dinner at Ruth Chris's Steakhouse (anything from Business Dress to Formal), Stroll the Harbor, Take a ride on the Carriages, go the the Lyric, and then head to your place of lodging.
Baltimore Orioles Game at Camden yards
Camden Yards was the first of the new generation of major league ballparks to be built at the end of the last century. A great combination of a classic setting with modern amenities. It's a blast!