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ORIOLE PARK AT CAMDEN YARDS: Baltimore Orioles
It all started at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Not the game of baseball (although Babe Ruth’s father once owned a café in what is now center field and Ruth’s birthplace is just two blocks away), but the explosion of retro baseball stadiums that have once again made baseball parks a destination in themselves.
Before Oriole Park at Camden Yards, most new stadiums never considered the possibility that someone buying a ticket to a major league baseball game might want to do something other than watch the game. HOK Sport, which used their design of Oriole Park as a springboard to becoming the most well-known stadium designer in America today, decided to think differently. They tied the ballpark into its environment. In the past, a location in a railroad district might have been a negative. Oriole Park designers decided to highlight it.
Camden Yards was primarily a railroad switching center and warehouse district. Confronted with the presence of the Baltimore & Ohio Warehouse beyond right field-at 1,016 feet long, it’s the longest building on the East Coast and now houses Orioles team offices-designers simply worked it into their design. Hitters began to take the looming warehouse as a challenge, with everyone wanting to be the first one to dent Oriole Park’s neighbor. Ken Griffey, Jr., became the first one to hit it on the fly, plunking it during the 1993 All-Star Game festivities.
The stadium is impressive both overall and in detail. Its steel-and-brick structure was a pleasant diversion from the concrete cookie cutters that dominated new baseball park construction in the 1960s and 70s. But it’s the details of Oriole Park that keep fans coming back. Every aisle seat includes an 1890s Orioles logo. Even the advertising helps those in the Oriole Park seating keep track of the game-the “H” in a logo reading “The Sun” for the Baltimore Sun newspaper flashes if a close scoring decision is a hit, while the “E” flashes in case of an error.
Year Built: 1992
‘12 attendance: 26,610 per game; 2,102,240 total
Dimensions: 333 to left, 364 to left-center, 400 to center, 373 to right-center, 318 to right
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Thrill of victory: October 8, 1997: After elimination at the hands of the New York Yankees in the 1996 ALCS, Baltimore got on top early in their 1997 ALCS match up with the Cleveland Indians. Their one run in the bottom of the first inning would be all they needed, although they added two more. Scott Erickson was masterful for the Orioles, scattering four hits on the way to giving the Orioles a 1-0 lead. The Indians bounced back to win Game 2 and closed out the series in six games.
Agony of defeat: Oct. 13, 1996: It looked like the Orioles might have to print World Series tickets for the first time in the existence of Oriole Park at Camden Yards. But the New York Yankees spoiled the storybook season, capturing the American League Championship Series with a 4 games to 1 victory. The clinching Game 5 was played in front of 48,718 disheartened Orioles fans, who watched their team score two runs in the bottom of the ninth but still take a 6-4 loss.
Orioles Ticket Tips: No matter where you sit, you’ll want to move around during the game and take in all parts of the Oriole Park home atmosphere. Virtually all Orioles Park seating is good-Lower Box seats in left field’s Section 86 are directly next to both bullpens, which are uniquely raised for the viewing pleasure of Orioles fans. Don’t fill up on hot dogs, because Boog’s Barbecue (owned by former Orioles first baseman Boog Powell) is an Oriole Park must. On some game days, Boog himself can be found signing autographs and presiding over his barbecue under the green tent behind the center field bleachers on Eutaw Street. The best series to visit Baltimore are usually against AL East rivals Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees.