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Camden Yards is getting a face lift

Nov 10, 2010, 9:40 AM EDT

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Camden Yards — the flagship of the new era of ballparks — has been undergoing some minor renovations over the past couple of years. The team announced the latest round yesterday:

At the request of the Orioles, the club level and upper deck at Camden Yards will be furnished with wider seats that will be more comfortable for fans. In addition, sightlines for fans on both of those levels will be improved, as new, less intrusive railings will be installed, enhancing the view of those sitting in the first few rows of both levels, as well as fans sitting in and around upper deck equal access and companion seats.

The effect of this — other than just giving O’s fans more butt room — will be to cut seating capacity down by 2,319. Which isn’t a terribly big deal because the O’s rarely if ever draw sellout crowds anymore, and room for 45,971 is likely adequate.

Another effect: making me feel old. I still think of Camden Yards as “new.” In reality, there are only a handful of parks that are older. You got Fenway, Wrigley, Dodger Stadium, Anaheim, Oakland, Kauffman, Rogers Centre, U.S. Cellular, Tropicana Field and whatever the hell they’re calling the Marlins’ stadium this week.  Really, that’s the list of venerable ballparks. One of them will fall off that list in a couple of years. Another two — The Oakland Coliseum and the Trop — will eventually if there’s any justice in the world.  Crazy.

  1. BC - Nov 10, 2010 at 10:17 AM

    I took a baseball tour in 1992 – seven games in six days in six different parks. Only one of the parks – Wrigley Field – still exists.

  2. jdmcmill - Nov 10, 2010 at 10:37 AM

    Maybe they can tear down that GD hotel that was built past left field that blocks half the amazing view of downtown. I get pissed off everytime I go to a game and see that. Can’t believe they allowed that to be built there.

  3. jhu1997 - Nov 11, 2010 at 3:44 AM

    Whoa. Way to make me feel old.

    Camden Yards was all shiny and new when I was in school in Baltimore.

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