Oriole Park At Camden Yards - A Fan's Review (8/25/09)

Oriole Park At Camden Yards is the home of the American League East Baltimore Orioles.

While many other teams and franchises have tried to reproduce Camden Yards since 1992, Oriole Park remains (by far) the best of the "Throwback" ballparks. The Mets haven't done it with Citi Field, nor have the Rangers with their ballpark in Arlington, TX. Though, I give them credit for trying.

Every single facet of Oriole history and culture is incorporated into this venue. It's the birthplace of Babe Ruth and his home/museum is just a few blocks away. And there's Eutaw Street......the most (quiet) theatrical entrance to a ballpark I've ever seen.

There's Boog Powell's barbeque and what has become the signature menu choice at Camden Yards. Oh...I almost forgot.....there that warehouse in right field....the longest building on the Eastern seacoast. And, we're not even inside the park yet.

Inside, there are zero obstructed viewing seats. The main scoreboard appears visible to everyone and does not attempt to "overcome" the attention of fans as many of them do nowadays. Expect standard ballpark prices at the concession stands.

On the downside, parking is limited and several steets are blocked off. Originally, I purchased a parking ticket in Lot D but later found it to be in the vicinity of M&T Bank Stadium (Ravens) many blocks away. I splurged ($28) for the convenience and parked in the Hilton garage.

Ushers are friendly and courteous - ask all the questions you want. And do take a walk completely around the ballpark - all levels if you can (there are escalators).

So....you get the idea. I love this place. This was my second time here from upstate New York. I'll be back to once again soak in the full flavor of Oriole Park

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Steve Contursi
Ghent, NY
August 25, 2009