Discovering the heart and soul of a city has to be more than a commercial transaction involving packages to take home. A true attraction, a reason to visit, is a place where you see and do and learn.
A Baltimore Orioles game at Oriole Park at Camden Yards — Photo courtesy of Tamar Alexia Fleishman
Folks in Baltimore are proud of their Baltimore Orioles! This team has been theirs for generations. Both men and women in this city speak about the relationships they had with their fathers in terms of Orioles game memories.
Of course, older memories involve the now-demolished Memorial Stadium. Visitors to Baltimore are often shocked to learn that Oriole Park at Camden Yards only dates from 1992. It blends so well with the surrounding vintage warehouse buildings, and the ballpark remains the standard for new parks being built around the country today.
Ballpark tours depart regularly from the baseball store on Eutaw Street. The Orioles Official Team Store, open daily, is located on the ground floor of the warehouse.
Oriole Park is accessible to everyone, with entry, parking and seating options that cater to all of their fans.
The Os keep things safe for their fans! They have instituted the Budweiser Good Sport Program. Fans of legal drinking age who hold a valid driver's license can pledge to be a designated driver for their group by signing up at the Budweiser Good Sport Booth, located near the Fan Assistance Center at Gate E on the Lower Level Concourse.
By signing a pledge not to drink alcoholic beverages during the game, thus ensuring their group has a safe ride home, designated drivers receive a coupon they can redeem at any Oriole Park concession stand for a free soft drink during the game.
The Good Sport Booth remains open until approximately 30 minutes after the scheduled first pitch, so fans should sign up prior to the start of the second inning to ensure they can participate in the program.
When you come see a baseball game at Oriole Park at Camden Yards, things open with a live rendition of the national anthem. Do like we do in Baltimore: really shout out the "O!" when they sing, “O, say does that star-spangled banner yet wave?”
Is tweeting #birdland in the crowds of thousands wiping out your phone? Charging stations for mobile phones and devices are available, courtesy of AT&T, at two locations on the Lower Level Concourse (across from section 40 and section 78); on the Club Level across from section 242; and on the Upper Level Concourse inside Fan Assistance behind home plate.
The classic way to start some small talk in Baltimore is to ask, “How ‘bout dem Os?”