I have driven past Oriole Stadium many times. But since I am not a baseball fan, I have never been there myself. My mother went. And when one of the radio stations had a contest where you could win a chance to do a play-by-play of an Orioles game, I entered, and won -- twice.
I had no intention of doing this myself, so I gave the tickets to two of my daughters whose husbands are baseball mad. One of them did it with her husband. The other let her husband and son do the play-by-play. They were photographed and video taped.
Originally (when I was a child) the wasn't a major league baseball team in Baltimore. My BFF was a Yankee's fan. Then in 1953 when the St. Louis Browns moved to Baltimore, she was torn as to whether to root for the Orioles. In those days the games were played in Memorial stadium. I have been to memorial stadium.
The current Oriole stadium at Camden Yards was built in the early 90s. and is considered a very beautiful stadium
Equipment You can take a tour of the stadium or attend a game
Tour ticket Prices:
Adults - $9; Children (14 and under) - $6; Seniors (55 and over) - $6; Children 3 and under - free
Rules for attending a game
Oriole Park at Camden Yards has walk-through magnetometers or hand-held metal detectors at each entrance in order to ensure a safe and fun environment for fans attending Orioles games. Fans are advised to allow themselves plenty of time for entry, as entry is expected to take slightly longer this season.
Prior to screening, fans will be asked to remove their keys and mobile phone from their pockets. Wallets and other identification or money holders can remain in their pocket or size-compliant bag. Bags that do not meet size requirements will not be allowed into the ballpark.
No bags or items exceeding the maximum size of 16" x 16" x 8" are allowed into the ballpark. Permitted items must easily fit into a 16" x 16" x 8" container. Bags on wheels are prohibited.
No containers or unauthorized items can be left at any park entrance.
No re-entry will be permitted. Once fans enter the ballpark, they will not be permitted to leave and re-enter the facility. Fans should make sure they have everything they need before entering the ballpark.
Air horns, cowbells, and other noisemakers are not permitted in the ballpark.
The huge B&O Warehouse dominates right field at Camden Yards in downtown Baltimore. This structure was built by the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad in 1899 B&O's next to Camden Station and Camden Railroad Yard. The railroad used the facility until the 1960s when it was all but abandoned. When Oriole Park was created in 1992, the building was renovated and is now used as office space, restaurants, and other functions, many related to the park.
The Baltimore Orioles play at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. This ballpark is one of the best ballparks in all of baseball. It is fan-friendly, the seating area is well designed, and the atmosphere is amazing. Capacity is just under 49,000.
The Orioles play in the American League East, so division rivals include the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees.
When at the stadium, check out Eutaw Street, the area between right field and the warehouse. It is open every day, but closes at 3 PM for night games and reopens at 5 PM. You will find concession areas and shops here. Try to look for the bronze baseballs embedded into the sidewalk to mark the spot of home runs clearing the park. You will also see the Babe Ruth statue and monuments commemorating retired numbers in Orioles history.
The warehouse's official name is B & O Warehouse. It is the longest building on the east coast at 1,116 ft, but only 51 ft wide.
An interesting fact is that center field of Oriole Park was once the location of the bar and that Babe Ruth's father once owned and the family's residence.
Equipment Good seats and tickets for good games will be hard to find. You might want to find a scalper or ticket broker if you want good seats. If you don't care where you sit, you shouldn't have a problem getting in for most games. Ticket prices range from $8 - $40.
In 1857 , Camden Station was completed. It served as headquarters of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad, ferried telegraph messages of Civil War movements, and hosted three visits by President Abraham Lincoln, including a stopover on his way to give the celebrated Gettysburg Address.
In the 'old' days , teams traveled by railroad. So this whole area is now in its second life as a tourist attraction.
A total hodgepodge of sports history of Baltimore/ Maryland.