A visit to Baltimore is not complete without the tour of Oriole Park at Camden Yards which is situated right amidst the hustle and bustle of the city.
After visiting Fort McHenry, we were there just in time to buy our tickets for the 11 a.m. tour and joined the group which had already assembled near the gate. The guide began the tour with a detailed explanation of the park’s history and its unique design which made it stand apart in comparison to other stadiums of its time.
Gradually, we made our way while stopping at the standing only section before moving on to the scoreboard to get an idea of the field and then on to the seating area. From this point, the view of the field was breathtaking. As we all enjoyed the view of the greens, the tour guide told us about the various teams which had played there and suddenly, it stated raining. I wouldn’t say it was a surprise, on such a cloudy day but it must be a lot of work for the management to cover the field area, more so when there’s a baseball game in the evening.
For us, rain was not a dampener, as we all sat down in the team section from where the players watch their team members play. And within minutes, the clouds cleared up and we moved on to see the club level suites – where the guest team relaxes before a game and the family members of the players enjoy the game.
Then, the Media Room, from where every moment is captured carefully and the Radio room on the third floor for the commentators. The fourth level was more of a lounging space with cafes and party rooms, VIP rooms overlooking the field and of course, walls dedicated to the greatest players of the game. Not to forget the celebration area, where the winning team gathers and celebrates.
It was so interesting to get to know and experience a baseball park up close.
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