Oriole Park at Camden Yards Details
Finished in 1992, Oriole Park at Camden Yards broke with tradition in ballpark design and began a tradition of its own. Throughout the 1960s and 1970s, most stadiums built in the US were multipurpose stadiums designed to host both baseball and football teams. The multipurpose stadium emphasized function over design, often leading to ugly stadium designs in less-than-ideal locations to accommodate large parking lots. Although those stadiums could technically host both baseball and football, they were not ideal for either. The stadiums were often too large for baseball crowds and often used artificial turf instead of a grass surface. Players from both sports complained that the turf surface was dangerous and caused preventable injuries.
After the NFL’s Colts left Baltimore for Indianapolis, the city no longer needed to make accommodations for football. Work began on a new stadium for Baltimore’s only remaining major pro sports franchise: Major League Baseball’s Baltimore Orioles. Oriole Park at Camden Yards is a “retro-classic” ballpark design, paving the way for many MLB teams that have moved on from multipurpose stadiums and into (much prettier) retro-style ballparks.
The seating capacity at Camden Yards is 45,971. The park is located near the Inner Harbor in downtown Baltimore. Across the street from a stadium is the B&O Warehouse, a local landmark — and the longest building on the east coast — that was incorporated into the design of the ballpark (it’s a prominent part of the surrounding scenery). The Orioles currently use the warehouse for team offices, and fans can use the space as a wedding venue. Eutaw Street, the street between the stadium and the warehouse, has many game-day attractions and restaurants.
Oriole Park hosts few non-baseball events, but Pope John Paul II delivered a Mass there in 1995. The park also hosted the 1993 All-Star Game, where Ken Griffey Jr. hit a ball in the Home Run Derby that hit the B&O Warehouse — the only time the warehouse has ever been struck. The Orioles have not yet hosted a World Series at Camden Yards. The stadium last hosted playoff baseball in 2014, when the Orioles played the Royals in the American League championship series.
Where’s the best place to sit at Oriole Park?
If you want to sit in the shade during a day game, try to sit on the third base side — you’ll be facing away from the sun. The Left Field Lower Box seats are a good value, and they’re close to the field. Field level seats are a little pricier, but you’ll have the opportunity to sit behind home plate or one of the team dugouts.
Oriole Park Tips and Tricks
Fans should be sure to check out Eutaw Street. It’s open only to pedestrians and requires a ticket on game days. The Orioles erect a bronze, baseball-shaped plaque for every homerun that lands on Eutaw street. There have been 91 homeruns that have landed on the street since Camden Yards opened.
Fans are allowed to bring food and drink into the park. Food brought into the park must be sealed, and drinks must not be opened. There are vendors outside the park who sell drinks for $1 — much less expensive than what you’ll find inside. Fans can also pack a soft-sided cooler.
You won’t find free parking around the stadium, but the best bet for affordable parking that isn’t too far are lots F,G, H.
If you’re into baseball history, don’t miss the six bronze statues featured in the Orioles Legends Celebration Series. The statues of Orioles legends such as Cal Ripken were unveiled in 2012 for the park’s 20th anniversary. You can find them in the centerfield picnic area, which is free and open to the public on days the Orioles aren’t playing.
- Club Level: The Club Level offers in-seat service and a great view of the game from your seat. There’s an air-conditioned concourse, a number of lounges, and six full-service bars.
- Suites: Spacious, furnished areas for large groups. Air-conditioned seats indoors and outdoor porch seating.
Former Oriole Boog Powell operates Boog’s BBQ on Eutaw Street behind the centerfield bleachers. Powell is often there to greet fans.
You can’t go to Baltimore without having crab. You can find it on just about anything: pretzels, nachos, fries, mac and cheese. It’s not the most budget-friendly option, but if you want seafood at a ballpark, make it this one.