Reporting Mary Bubala
BALTIMORE (WJZ)—The countdown is on. The Baltimore Orioles are ready to open their 20th season at Camden Yards on Monday.
Mary Bubala reports that with a new season comes a new look.
Inside Oriole Park at Camden Yards, the finishing touches are being put on and everything is being spiffed up.
“We’ve been working for six weeks down here and we are almost ready for Monday. Hopefully we will be ready for Monday and get the ball rolling down here,” said Scott Martin, Orioles construction worker.
For fans, as soon as you enter the gates you will notice the changes from ground level all the way to club level.
Drink rail and bistro seating has been installed down the left and right field lines on the club level. More than 100 fans at a time will be able to sit, watch and sip.
Many sitting in their regular seats will find they are new and wider.
“We have increased the size of the club level and upper deck by 3 inches per seat, which will bring it up to industry standards for fans,” said Greg Bader, Orioles director of communications.
Concessions have also been upgraded to the tune of $11 million, redesigning and enhancing food and beverage stands at the ballpark–the first effort of this magnitude since Camden Yards opened in 1992.
The latest Oriole merchandise is in and going on the racks. Call it a spring tune-up for fans of the boys of summer!
Sightlines for fans on both the upper and club levels have also been improved with less intrusive railings.
The seating changes did reduce the capacity at Camden Yards by 2,300 less seats.