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.
About the Orioles
The Orioles, 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.
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.
Behind the Scenes
Schedule a tour to get an inside look at the Orioles dugout, scoreboard control room, press level and club level suites. Tours are available all year round, but days and times depend on the team’s schedule so be sure to check out the Orioles website for more information.
Orioles Tickets & Schedule
O’s tickets can be purchased in advance online with print-at-home ticketing or in person at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Check the schedule to make sure you can catch a home game while you’re in town.
Where to go before the game
Before you get to the stadium there are a few places we recommend you stop for pregame beer or crab pretzel:
Located among a cluster of rowhomes across from Camden Yards, the classic sports bar 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 served 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 food in the made-from-scratch 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.
Baseball isn’t the only game in South Baltimore. The sports bar offers Pac Man, Galaga and other old-school video games within a 10-minute walk from Camden Yards, next door to Horseshoe Casino. Play a round of pool, beer pong or darts before biting into the Baltimore burger topped with a crab cake and Old Bay.
Diamond Tavern at the Hilton
The large rectangular bar in the middle of the Diamond Tavern is the perfect spot to grab a beer or cocktail before the game. Located inside the Hilton Baltimore, guests can take the east tower skywalk to get to the restaurant. The crab soup and crab cake entree are among the winning menu items. Sit on the patio for a view of the stadium.
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 bar’s many televisions.
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.
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 “Cotton-Eyed Joe” during the event inning stretch. And get ready to declare your allegiance to ketchup, mustard or relish during the great hot dog race on the big screen.
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.