Location: Baltimore, Maryland
Seating Capacity: 48,190
I have been to more than a few games at West Camden Street. It is one of the most beautiful and original stadiums in the league. The way the stadium feels when sitting in it is very homey and comfortable. The way it pioneered the open outfield stadium splurge makes it feel kind of historic. It’s best feature is the signature warehouse behind the right field wall and Eutaw Street. The view of the city is great past the scoreboard and the ivy covered batters-eye.
It’s a shame that the Orioles fans don’t come out more. Attendance has fallen and they fell short of bringing in two million fans last year. They have a beautiful stadium and if their team isn’t winning, they’re always hosting the Red Sox, Rays, Yankees, and Blue Jays.
What to do in the city before the game: Go to the Inner Harbor and grab some lunch at Phillips. Check out the Babe Ruth Birthplace and Museum only a few blocks from the ballpark. If there’s enough time, the aquarium is very well done.
What to do when the gates open: Go to the rightfield wall and try to catch a batting practice homer. Check out Eutaw Street and they have plaques where some sluggers have cranked homeruns onto Eutaw Street.
Where to sit: The view while sitting on the third base side lower level is as good as it gets. So while it still daylight, you have a great view of the Baltimore skyline and then you have the warehouse at night.
Player to go watch: O’s outfielder Nick Markakis. The 25 year old is quietly becoming a star in this league.
It is one of my favorite stadiums to go to. What moved Camden Yards from an A- to an A is the fact that it doesn’t have a stupid corporation name. There are currently no naming rights to the stadium and I honestly hope it stays that way because it is rare to see these days. Even the name gives a more classic feel to the stadium and that what puts it at one of the elite stadiums in the league.