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Oriole Park at Camden Yards – Baltimore Orioles

Name: Camden Yards
MLB Team: Baltimore Orioles
Architect: Populous (HOK Sport)
Date of Opening
: April 6, 1992
Building Costs
: $110 million
Capacity: 45,971
Surface: Kentucky Bluegrass
Dimensions:
Left Field 333 ft
Left Center 364 ft
Center Field 400 ft
Right Center 373 ft
Right Field 318 ft

Oriole Park at Camden Yards is the stadium of Major League Baseball franchise Baltimore Orioles and is situated in downtown Baltimore, MD. It took 3 years to build the stadium and it was opened on April6, 1992. It was one of the first retro visitor-friendly baseball stadiums build during the 1990′s and has influenced almost all ballparks build or renovated after 1992. The only exception being Marlins Park in Miami.

Oriole Park at Camden Yards derived it’s name from a combination of the favoured name of former owner Eli Jacobs (Oriole Park) and Maryland Governor William Donald Schaefer (Camden Yards). It was once the land the was used for the rail yard for Camden Station. The ballpark is typically known as Camden Yards. Other names are “The Yard”, “Birdland” and “The house that Cal Built” after Cal Ripken, who has played for the Baltimore Orioles for 21 years.

Design
The stadium’s most known feature is the former B&O Warehouse right behind right-field. Instead of demolishing it, it was decided to incorporate it in the design. The warehouse has offices, service spaces and a private club. Between Camden Park and the warehouse is Eutaw Street. Spectators can look at the game from here, visit shops or get something the eat or drink. There’s a ticket needed to walk this part of the street on game days, but at all other times the street is open to all. When a homerun lands on Eutaw Street, the spot is marked with a little bronze plaque shaped in a baseball. One of the other features is a picnic area above and behind the bullpens, where people can sit down and enjoy the game. There are five bronze statues of alltime Orioles greats whose number is retired in the walking zone behind the bullpens. The players that have a statue are Frank Robinson, Earl Weaver, Eddie Murray, Jim Palmer and Cal Ripken Jr. Furthermore, there’s a statue of Babe Ruth in the courtyard. In the stadium with green seatings there are two orange seats. The first one is in left-field indicating the spot where of Cal Ripken’s 278th homerun as a shortstop, breaking Ernie Banks record. The second one is in right-field marking the spot of the 500th career homerun of Eddie Murray.

Notable moments
There have been quite a few notable moments in the history of the stadium of the Baltimore Orioles. Camden Yards hosted the MLB All-Star Game on July 13, 1993, which saw the American League defeating the National League with 9-3. Cal Ripken Jr. set a record for playing 2,131 consecutive games on September 6,1995, breaking Lou Gehrig’s previous record. He still holds the record with 2,632 games. On April 4, 2001 the first no-hitter in the Orioles’ ballpark was thrown by Hideo Nomo (three walks and eleven strike-outs) in a game between the Baltimore Orioles and the Boston Red Sox. He made sure that the Boston Red Sox won with 3-0. Later in 2001, on October 6 Cal Ripken Jr’s played his last Major League Baseball game. The highest scoring game in over 110 years was played on August 22, 2007 when the Texas Rangers beat the Baltimore Orioles 30-3. Finally, on August 19, 2008 the 50th million fan in the history of Camden Yards attended the a game. Since the opening of the stadium in 1992 it has had the third-most number of fans inside in the history of Major League Baseball.

Other events
There were only two events other then a baseball game held at Camden Yards, one of them a mass celebrated by  Pope John Paul II on Sunday October 8, 1995.


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333 West Camden Street
Baltimore, MD 21201
(410) 685-9800
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