Oriole Park at Camden Yards

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Oriole Park at Camden Yards
Oriole Park at Camden Yards
Facility Statistics
Location333 West Camden Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21201
Broke GroundJune 28, 1989
OpenedApril 6, 1992
SurfaceGrass
OwnerMaryland Stadium Authority
Construction Cost$110 million USD
ArchitectHOK Sport
Tenants
Baltimore Orioles1992-present
Seating Capacity
199248,262
Dimensions
1992-2000
Left Field333 ft / 101.5 m
Left-Center364 ft / 110.9 m
Left-Center (deep)410 ft / 125.0 m
Center Field400 ft / 121.9 m (unposted)
Right-Center373 ft / 113.7 m
Right Field318 ft / 96.9 m
2001 only
Left Field337 ft / 102.7 m
Left-Center376 ft / 114.6 m
Left-Center (deep)417 ft / 127.1 m
Center Field407 ft / 124.1 m (unposted)
Right-Center391 ft / 119.2 m
Right Field320 ft / 97.5 m
2002 to date
Left Field333 ft / 101.5 m
Left-Center364 ft / 110.9 m
Left-Center (deep)410 ft / 125.0 m
Center Field400 ft / 121.9 m (unposted)
Right-Center373 ft / 113.7 m
Right Field318 ft / 96.9 m
Backstop57 ft / 17.4 m

Oriole Park at Camden Yards is a Major League Baseball stadium located in Baltimore, Maryland, which was constructed to replace the aging Memorial Stadium. It is home to the Baltimore Orioles baseball team.

Historically, Oriole Park at Camden Yards is one of several stadiums that has carried the Oriole Park name, for various Baltimore franchises over the years.

History

In 1989, construction began on an all-new, baseball-only ballpark for the Baltimore Orioles. Construction lasted 33 months on the ballpark, which finally opened on April 6, 1992 against the Cleveland Indians. After considerable debate on whether to name the new ballpark Oriole Park or Camden Yards, a compromise was reached to use both names.

The retro-style ballpark began a trend among other cities to construct more traditional, fan-friendly ballparks, including Jacobs Field in Cleveland, Ameriquest Field in Arlington in Arlington, Texas and Comerica Park in Detroit.

In 1993, Camden Yards played host to the Major League Baseball All-Star Game. On September 6, 1995, Camden Yards witnessed Cal Ripken, Jr.'s record-setting 2,131st consecutive game. Exactly one year later, Eddie Murray blasted his 500th home run there.

Transportation

Camden Yards is built at the former location of a major rail station; its name derives from the rail yards that were formerly on the site. Immediately adjacent to the current stadium is a rail station served by both the MTA light rail and MARC commuter train. The latter rail line provides direct service to Washington, D.C.

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