The Oriole Park at Camden Yards is a ballpark located in Baltimore, Maryland. It is the home field of Major League Baseball’s Baltimore Orioles and the first of the “retro” major league ballparks constructed during the 1990s and early 2000s. It was completed in 1992 to replace Memorial Stadium. The park is in downtown Baltimore, a few blocks west of the Inner Harbor in the Camden Yards Sports Complex.
Eutaw Street, between the stadium and the warehouse, is closed to vehicular traffic. Along this street, spectators can view the game or visit the many shops and restaurants that line the thoroughfare, including former Oriole star Boog Powell’s outdoor barbecue stand. On game days, pedestrians must have a ticket to walk on the part of Eutaw Street adjacent to the stadium; however, on non-game days, the street is open to all, while access to the stadium is gated. Sections 90–98, called Eutaw Street palace, are located not in the stadium but adjacent to Eutaw Street, with the seats descending toward the outfield below. If a game sells out, fans may purchase reduced-price “standing-room-only” tickets, which entitle them to enter Eutaw Street and watch the game from two designated standing areas (in the left-field bullpen area or above the scoreboard in right field).
Design and Features
Camden Yards was built on land that once served as the rail yard for the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad’s Camden Station. The view from much of the park is dominated by the former B&O Warehouse behind the right-field wall. Some seats in the stadium have a good idea of the downtown Baltimore skyline. The bullpen area was designed after the public submitted many write-in designs. Its unique two-tiered design was a first in major league parks.
A picnic area is located above and behind the bullpens. Rows of picnic tables covered by orange umbrellas are available for fans to sit and eat. Many trees are located found there, too. Many fans at home games view the game from behind the railing behind the bullpens. Until 2012, Mid-Atlantic Sports Network’s pre-and post-game shows before Oriole’s home games were televised in an outdoor studio behind the bullpens. Bronze sculptures of the six Orioles greats whose uniform numbers were retired by the ballclub were unveiled individually in the walking zone of the area behind the bullpens throughout the 2012 season. The statues were created by Antonio Tobias Mendez and cast at the locally based New Arts Foundry.
Address: 333 W Camden St, Baltimore, MD
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