12 Things to Do at Camden Yards During a Baltimore Orioles Game
June 8, 2022
Believe it or not, I’ve been visiting friends in Baltimore regularly for 11 years, and last night was my first time going to an Orioles game. I had walked and driven by the stadium so many times, and yet had never been inside. Luckily, I had friends to guide me around the park and show me all the best highlights. So if you’re heading to a baseball game in Baltimore, check out these things to do at Camden Yards.
Everything You Need to Know About Going to an Orioles Game at Camden Yards
Camden Yards is one of the most historic baseball stadiums.
Built in 1992, Camden Yards is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year. With its modern but retro look, it became the model for all baseball stadiums built since then. *With the exception of Yankee stadium in NYC.)
Tickets aren’t expensive.
If you don’t care where you sit, you can get tickets as low as $10. Plus, kids can go to games for FREE! With each regular-priced adult ticket purchased, you can add two kids tickets for no additional charge. It’s valid for kids up to 9 years old.
Military, first responders, and government officials have access to discount Orioles tickets, which must be purchased online.
There are lots of great places to sit in Camden Yards.
If you want to sit on the Baltimore dugout side, sit on the first base side of the stadium. Another great option is reserving a bistro table (for 4 people) at the club level in left field. Bistro tickets include the picnic menu – so no extra expense needed for food.
For guests with peanut allergies, there is a Peanut Allergy Suite available that is thoroughly cleaned before each game. Tickets are $30 each and available for groups up to 6 on a first-come first-served basis.
You CAN bring in outside food and drinks to an Orioles game.
In a surprising twist for a professional sporting event, you can bring in outside food and drinks. Each guest is allowed to bring one clear, 1-gallon, sealable plastic bag with food and a non-alcoholic beverage. The drink must be in a factory-sealed plastic bottle under 20 ounces. Bulk quantities are not allowed – food within the bag should be in individual portions.
Avoid bringing prohibited items.
Cameras ARE allowed. But tripods, lenses over 7″ long, and camera bags are not. Noisemakers of any kind are also prohibited.
Small clutches are allowed, assuming they are under 5″ by 7″. Larger bags are prohibited. If you have a large bag with you and are unable to store it, you can rent a locker to keep it in. Lockers are located near Gates A & H and the main box office.
In the case of rain, umbrellas ARE allowed, but cannot interfere with another fan’s view.
It’s easy to get to Camden Yards.
As a city with a great transportation system, it’s easy to use it to get to a game. The light rail, MARC train, bus, and subway all run daily routes to Camden Yards. If you plan to drive to the game, you can save time and money by pre-purchasing a parking spot with SpotHero.
The stadium is cashless.
No need to bring cash with you to the baseball game, because it won’t be accepted anywhere. All vendors – retail and food/drink – only accept credit and debit cards. Concession stands also accept Apple Pay.
If you don’t have a credit or debit card, there is a ‘reverse ATM’ on the lower level near Gate D. There you can insert your cash and get a card to use at the stadium.
There are so many things to do at Camden Yards.
Make sure you arrive early to the game. Gates open an hour before the game starts, and you can easily fill it with all of the ideas below!
1. Visit the Babe Ruth Statue & Museum
Perhaps the most famous Oriole of all time, it’s no surprise that there is a statue of Babe Ruth at the entrance to Camden Yards. It sits among a field of number statues, each representing the numbers from retired Baltimore players. That includes #8 Cal Ripken Jr, #22 Jim Palmer, #33 Eddie Murray, and several others. There’s even an honorary #42 for Jackie Robinson.
Next door to the stadium you’ll find the Babe Ruth Birthplace and Museum. If you’re an avid sports fan, you’ll want to plan your visit to Camden Yards by arriving early. After touring the museum, you’ll be perfectly amped up for the night’s baseball game.
Lastly, you can find 6 more bronze statues of famous Oriole players in centerfield near the bullpens.
2. Grab a Beer at Center Field Roof Deck Bar
The Center Field Roof Deck Bar has one of the best views of the game – and it’s a great spot to get drinks. I highly recommend ordering a Steady Eddie IPA from Union Craft Brewing. It’s named after Eddie Murray, a former Oriole who ranks 4th overall in games played and hits.
3. Photograph All the Murals in the Stadium
If you know me, you know how much I love murals and street art. I was pleasantly surprised to find murals all over the Orioles’ stadium. Seriously – there are so many to find and photograph. Some of my favorites? The painting of two orioles at Center Field Roof Deck Bar and the wings in the kids’ play area. Plus there are lots of various mascot and historical murals scattered around – like in front of the restrooms.
Bonus: When you leave Camden Yards, check out the new baseball mural on Conway Street. It’s on the side of the Sheraton facing the baseball stadium.
4. Get a Sandwich from Boog’s BBQ
Once inside the stadium, you’ll notice a black old school truck next to the first food stand. That’s Boog’s BBQ! And while the sandwiches are a little on the pricier side, that’s to be expected at a professional sporting event. But they are also worth it! Choose from turkey, pork, or beef piled high on a sandwich roll. They are available in 2 sizes – the larger comes with twice the meat and a side of crab chips. Don’t forget to add BBQ sauce at the table near the truck – and grab lots of napkins.
If you’re looking for some more options, check out the new food at Camden Yards for 2022. For some truly Baltimore flavors, go for the crab dip pretzel or the crab cake egg rolls.
5. Order Fries from Boardwalk Fries
Here’s a secret. My favorite French fries ever are the fries from Thrasher’s along the Ocean City boardwalk. Seriously. If you’ve never had them, you are truly missing out. I like to order a bucket all for myself and douse it with malt vinegar. Pure perfection.
I’ll be honest, the Boardwalk Fries at the baseball stadium pale in comparison to the freshly cut fries on the beach. But, they are a great substitute! Plus, you can still top them with malt vinegar. Or go true Maryland style and sprinkle Old Bay seasoning on them.
My favorite part of wandering around Camden Yards was finding all of the home run plaques along Eutaw Street. For every player that hit a homerun in that part of the stadium, a plaque has been placed in the exact spot the ball landed. There are dozens of plaques, each noting the player, team, and date of the home run. Most of them are on the sidewalk, but see if you can find one of Ken Griffey Jr’s on the warehouse wall!
While you’re looking around the stadium, you’ll also notice a couple of orange seats in the crowd. Those are also home run spots. The one in rightfield marks Eddie Murray’s 500th homerun. The other marks Cal Ripken Jr’s 278th homerun, breaking the record for home runs by a shortstop. (He still holds the record at 353 home runs.)
7. Learn the History of the Oriole’s Mascot
The Bird has been the Oriole’s mascot since 1979. But his appearance and style has changed over the years. Visit the kid’s corner to learn about the history of The Bird and take your photo with life-size versions.
You probably know that our national anthem, The Star-Spangled Banner, was written by Francis Scott Key. But did you know it was written in Baltimore, inspired by a battle at Fort McHenry? To pay it homage, the lyrics of the national anthem can be found along one of the main staircases in the stadium.
9. Visit the Shops and Restaurants on Eutaw Street
One of the most unique aspects of Camden Yards is that Eutaw Street continues inside stadium gates. The street turns into a pedestrian walkway, lined with concession stands and retail shops. Make sure to spend some time strolling this area.
10. Enjoy the Baltimore City Skyline from Your Seats
Located within the heart of Baltimore, one of the most magical parts of the stadium is that you can see the city skyline form the stands. Camden Yards opens up to the city, and you’d be missing out if you didn’t enjoy the sights while enjoying the game.
11. Cheer on the O’s
To fit in like a local, be sure to shout “OH” during the national anthem when they get to “Oh, say does that star-spangled flag…”
12. Celebrate When the Orioles Win
With any luck – the Orioles will win to complete your experience at Camden Yards. For my first game, they crushed the Chicago Cubs 9-3 so it was a perfect night!