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Everything You Need to Know About Camden Yards

Whether you’re a baseball fan or not, the Orioles' stadium is a must-see Baltimore landmark.

Located in the heart of downtown Baltimore, beautiful Oriole Park at Camden Yards is home to Baltimore’s Major League Baseball team. Find out how to get the most out of your visit to Camden Yards, including taking a tour, enjoying game day traditions or celebrating with local fans.

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History

About the Orioles

The Orioles baseball team, more affectionately known as the Birds or the O’s to locals, is named for the black and orange state bird of Maryland. The team plays ball at Oriole Park at Camden Yards, a natural grass ballpark built in 1992, just minutes away from Baltimore’s famous Inner Harbor.

Aerial view of Camden Yards

Located downtown, Camden Yards is a short walk from numerous Baltimore attractions like the National Aquarium, Port Discovery Children’s Museum and the Maryland Science Center.

Famous Players

Baltimore Orioles players Luis Aparicio, Roger Bresnahan, Reggie Jackson, Joe Kelley, George Kell, Joe McGinnity, Eddie Murray, Jim Palmer, Robin Roberts, Brooks Robinson, Frank Robinson and Hoyt Wilhelm have all been inducted into The National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y.

And let’s not forget fan-favorite and hometown hero, Cal Ripken, Jr., who also has his own spot in the Cooperstown Hall of Fame. Nicknamed “Iron Man,” Calvin Edward Ripken, Jr. played in 2,632 straight games with the Orioles, a record that has yet to be broken.

Baltimore’s most famous player, of course, is George Herman “Babe” Ruth, who was recruited in 1914 at the age of 19. His boyhood home at 216 Emory Street near Camden Yards is now the Babe Ruth Birthplace Museum and features memorabilia from his childhood and career.

 

Babe Ruth statue outside of Camden Yards.

This statue of Babe Ruth sits just outside the Eutaw Street entrance into Camden Yards.

Pregame Fun

Where to go before the game.

Before you head to Camden Yards for an Oriole’s game,  stop by these places to enjoy a pregame beer or crab pretzel!

Pickles Pub

Crowd of people gathered outside Pickles Pub

Pickles Pub attracts throngs of O’s fans every game day!

Located among a cluster of rowhomes across from Camden Yards, Pickles Pub has been around since 1988 and is one of locals’ go-to game day destinations. It offers great happy hour specials and plenty of TVs to watch the game. Try the crab patty, a burger topped with crab dip, and pair it with some crabby fries and a Natty Boh for a classic Bawlmer meal. True to its name, the bar serves beer-battered pickles over tortilla chips.

Pratt Street Ale House

Just down the street from Camden Yards in a converted brick rowhome, Pratt Street Ale House serves an impressive collection of English-style craft brews made off-site at Oliver Brewing Co. Sit outside to catch O’s fans on their way to the game and get your crustacean fix with a crab pretzel, crab mac and cheese or flatbread pizza with crab.

Mother’s Federal Hill

This longstanding bar in Baltimore’s Federal Hill draws a crowd on game days, whether it’s the Orioles or the Ravens. (Head there during football season to hang out on the Purple Patio.) But don’t overlook the made-from-scratch food in Mother’s kitchen, whose specialties include crab cakes, fish and 20 types of burgers. Pair it with the classic Maryland summer drink, the orange crush, made with vodka, orange juice, triple sec and sprite.

The Orioles Grille at the Sheraton Inner Harbor

Filled with Orioles memorabilia, this bar and restaurant offers traditional favorites such as burgers and sandwiches. Try the Old Bay wings for an extra kick while watching the game on one of the many televisions at The Orioles Grille.

The Yard at the Marriott Inner Harbor

Billing itself as a restaurant that loves sports, The Yard takes pride in its seasonal menu and sourcing of local ingredients. Start the evening with the Old Bay chips or the nachos topped with Natty Boh cheese sauce. Pair it with a local brew or your favorite wine from the self-serve beer and wine wall.

Traditions

What to expect at an Orioles game

Here in Baltimore, we have a few traditions we like to stick to during Orioles games. Feel free to join in if you want to feel like a true local. When you hear the “Star-Spangled Banner” start playing, be prepared to shout “O” during the first stanza. The crowd also gets to their feet to dance to “Thank God I’m a Country Boy” during the seventh inning stretch. And get ready to declare your allegiance to ketchup, mustard or relish during the great hot dog race on the big screen.

Camden Yards

Photo credit: The Baltimore Orioles

Food

What to eat at Camden Yards.

Camden Yards prides itself on its wide variety of food options, including plenty of local favorites. Some of our ballpark food favorites include fries topped with crab dip and Old Bay, Stuggy’s hot dogs topped with mac and cheese and crab meat, a fried oyster po’boy sandwich and, of course, a classic Maryland crab cake.

 

Hands clasped at a table with beer at Camden Yards.

Nothing goes better together than beer and baseball.

Orioles Tickets & Schedule

Check the schedule to make sure you can catch a home game while you’re in town and buy your tickets here.

Camden Yards

Photo credit: The Baltimore Orioles

Camden Yards FAQs

  • Can I bring a bag into Camden Yards?

      One (1) approved bag is allowed per person. All bags are subject to search. Acceptable bags include:
        • Clear plastic bag no larger than 12x6x12".
        • 1-gallon plastic freezer bag
        • Fanny pack or clutch purse no larger than 5x7”
        • Medically necessary items including a diaper bag
  • Can I take public transit to Camden Yards?

      The Light RailLink travels from north Baltimore County to Camden Yards, and Light RailLink shuttles can take you from Penn Station to the ballpark. You can also take the red CityLink bus line to Camden Yards, or take the navy, brown or yellow line to the Convention Center and walk to Camden Yards. The free Charm City Circulator's purple line also drops you off near the ballpark. LocalLink bus stops within walking distance of Camden Yards include 67, 94 and 76. The MARC train's Camden Line runs from Union Station to Camden Yards for those traveling from farther away! See the MTA website for up-to-date information.
  • What can I bring into Camden Yards?

      Guests can bring food and non-alcoholic beverages into Oriole Park at Camden Yards using the following guidelines:
      • Guests may bring in food and non-alcoholic beverages, all of which must be contained in a single approved bag, per Oriole Park Bag Policy
      • Food items should resemble individual portions and not bulk quantities.
      • Guests may bring in a factory-sealed, plastic, non-alcoholic beverage, no larger than 20 oz. Cans and glass bottles are prohibited.
      • Frozen water bottles are prohibited for safety purposes.
      Fans may bring umbrellas into the ballpark as long as they do not interfere with other fans’ view and enjoyment of the game. The Orioles reserve the right to restrict the use of and possibly confiscate all rain protection devices. You may bring handmade banners and signs into the ballpark. To ensure that all fans will have an unobstructed view of the ballgame, the Orioles do not permit the hanging of banners anywhere in the ballpark. Banners may only be displayed before and after the game and between innings. Banners are subject to confiscation if the content is commercial, political, and/or in bad taste according to the Orioles' discretion. For a list of prohibited items, see the Orioles' website.
  • When can I enter Camden Yards?

      Parking lots open two hours before first pitch and the ballpark gates open one hour before first pitch.
  • Where can I park at Camden Yards?

      General parking on a gameday is available in Lots B/C ,F, G and H, subject to availability, on a first-come, first-served basis. Fans are strongly encouraged to purchase parking in advance. More than 30,000 spaces are located off-site in garages and lots throughout the downtown/Inner Harbor area within one mile of Oriole Park. For directions to the park, additional information on parking, and details on equal access accommodations, please visit Orioles.com/Parking.

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