Oriole Park is located at Camden Yards in Baltimore, Maryland. Construction of the $110 million project was completed in 33 months in the area known as Camden Yards and the ballpark opened in spring 1992. Only blocks from the birthplace of baseball legend George Herman "Babe'' Ruth, the center field sits where Ruth's father once ran a cafy from the family's home. Once a railroad center, the park is only a 12-minute walk west to the city's inner harbor.
With seating for 48,876 fans, the park was designed by Kansas City architectural firm Helmuth, Obata and Kassabaum. While it is a state-of-the art sports facility, it has the charm and ambiance of a traditional baseball park. The stadium's design is traditional and blends in with the urban surroundings of downtown Baltimore. Steel trusses were used instead of concrete and the natural grass playing field is one of the features that lends to the feel of a ballpark from the early 1900s. Many other parks influenced the park's construction, including Fenway Park in Boston, Wrigley Field in Chicago, Shibe Park in Philadelphia and the Polo Grounds in New York.
The stadium offers tours of the park on non-game days that usually last about an hour and a half. Guests get to see the Orioles dugout, the press level, the Jumbo Tron Control Room and the suite level of the baseball stadium. Offering a perspective on the past, the tour focuses on the B&O Railroad warehouse building, which was incorporated in the new structure's design, as well as the Babe Ruth connection and the famous Inner Harbor of Baltimore. Informative guides answer guests' questions and help visitors understand the history and fundamentals of baseball. It is a great way to get a quick education before attending a game.
A gift shop is on site offering official Orioles merchandise for sale. Adults and children can purchase hats, T-shirts, tank tops, sweat shirts, jerseys and a variety of other accessories. Cups, plates, stuffed animals and other items make great souvenirs and gifts. Guests can check out what is for sale during the 7th-Inning Stretch or any time during the game.
Channeling the energy of baseball enthusiasts from the 20th Century, Oriole Park in downtown Baltimore, Maryland has become one of baseball fans' favorite sports venues. The park's rich history and beautiful architecture make it a fascinating stadium to tour. With a list of Hall of Famers that includes Cal Ripken Jr., Reggie Jackson, Frank Robinson, Brooks Robinson, Jim Palmer and others, as well as the retired numbers 42 for Jackie Robinson, 33 for Eddie Murray, 5 for Brooks Robinson, 4 for Earl Weaver and many more outstanding legacies, this ball team has a storied past and a bright future, and a top-of-the-line ballpark in which to enjoy it with fans.