#2: Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Baltimore Orioles

Number of visits: 23 (2002-2014)

At work before a Yanks game.
Working for WBFF-TV before a Yanks game.

With the exception of the original Yankee Stadium, I’ve seen more innings at Camden Yards than any other ballpark. In my opinion, this is the nicest attraction in Baltimore. The stadium has an open feel, which is rare for ballparks constructed in a downtown. Bronze plaques the size of a baseball are scattered along Eutaw Street, identifying the landing spot of the longest bombs ever hit in the park.

Fans once had a clear view of Charm City from their seats, but the construction of a Hilton hotel beyond left field has blocked some of the skyline. A view of an old train warehouse in right field makes up for it.

Oriole Park has some unique locations to watch a game. There’s a spacious standing area above the right field scoreboard, which is a great location to catch a batting-practice ball. Although it’s 350+ feet from home plate, Section 86 offers an up-close look at the bullpen. Beware, there are also a few bad seats in this park. The middle deck isn’t that tall and covers part of the lower deck. If you have tickets in the last few rows of the lower deck between the foul poles, you’ll lose sight of fly balls.

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With Boog Powell before a game in 2013

All ballpark reviews talk about food. I hate talking about food. I go to baseball games to watch baseball so I promise this will be the only food-related mention on this entire page: Boog’s BBQ is worth a mention. The line may look intimidating but it moves fast. Boog Powell is often present at the stand that bears his name.

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