Sun, Nov 21 2004 - Tour of Oriole Park at Camden Yards (View Original Event Details)|
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|Participants:||Amy Pickwick, Allison Ehrman, Pat Pickwick, Rebecca Frankenberger, Michelle Dunn, John Putman, Lucas Fisher, Patrick Haas, Kevin Carr, Crystal Scroggins, Christopher Gran|
Even though it was a Raven's gameday, we didn't encounter
too many travel problems getting to Camden Yards (parking
and traffic weren't all that bad in my opinion). The weather
was in our favor, too--a perfect day for the ballpark!
The group had an amazing tour of the stadium and
surrounding area, complete with lots of great info. Here are
some interesting facts I picked up along the way:
The warehouse renovation and the stadium construction
took the same amount of time to complete--33
There is a "sod farm" in the outfield used to replenish the
turf when needed. And, if that gets used up, there's six more
acres of sod on the Eastern Shore for backup.
DON'T TOUCH THE TURF!
Babe Ruth grew up upstairs from his father's tavern
(living above a tavern at age nine; wonder if that was any type
of future influence?) that was located where second base is
Both the mayor and the governor have their own boxes
for the games (I think we should recruit them to be MOC
The only organ music you hear during the game is from
a computer; how disheartening.
The press seats are rolling chairs to expedite quick
escapes from the 80+ mph foul balls.
The locker rooms are available for public viewing only
one day out of the year--when season tickets go on sale.
Obviously, we didn't see 'em.
There are two orange seats in the stadium, one for Cal
Ripken's record setting 278th homerun (most ever by a
shortstop) and the other for Eddie Murray's 500th
The turf on the field is able to drain water at a rate of 17
in/hour. If it happens to be raining that hard, most of the city
would be underwater anyway.
I'm serious, DON'T TOUCH THE TURF!
Touching the right field foul pole (I call it the fair pole) is
Only one player has hit the warehouse: Ken Griffey Jr.,
who did it during the Homerun Derby in 1993 (as a side note,
it is marked incorrectly distance-wise).
Finally, DON'T TO... ok, it's not as funny after the first two
That's about all I can recall for now (no Amy, I didn't take
notes). I hope everyone enjoyed the tour as much as I did. I
think my next MOC event is to get a luxury box for an O's
game. Believe it or not, it can be feasible! Granted, we'll need
to wait until some lowly team is in town, but it would be a
As a final note, many thanks to Diana for the great tour; it was
very informative and fun. I highly recommend all baseball
fans take this tour if they have the chance!
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