Reporting Jessica Kartalija
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BALTIMORE (WJZ)– Fans will flock to Oriole Park on Friday for the first home game of the season and they’ll notice lots of changes.
Jessica Kartalija has more on the food line-up at the ballpark.
The concessions are the best part of the baseball game. This year is better than ever.
Top off the spectacular view from center field with a snack and you have a ballgame.
“It’s more relaxed and you get to hang out and watch the game with a great view. Definitely a good idea,” one Orioles fan said.
A new picnic area with Orioles Hall of Famers is a great place to taste it all. And the chef behind the concessions has been hard at work.
“It’s been fun, it’s been great. But when you are coming up with new concepts, it takes time, a lot of training, a lot of development, a lot of people involved, so it’s been very busy off-season,” Josh Distenfeld, executive chef at Camden Yards, said.
It’s a whole lot more than just peanuts and cracker jacks.
“We’ve got Gino’s, we’ve got Stuggy’s and we’ve got Dempsey’s. Those are the Big Three, those are what’s new at the yard,” Distenfeld said.
Dempsey’s Brew Pub is named after 1983 World Series MVP Rick Dempsey.
“Things from fish tacos to fish and chips. Oh my God, you’ve never seen it prepared as well as it has been here and it’s a magnificent menu for everybody,” Rick Dempsey said.
On Opening Day, fans will eat some 53,000 hot dogs, drink 52,000 sodas and buy 15,000 soft pretzels. And the chef can’t wait for you to try it all.
“It’s Opening Day, it’s like the best time of the year, fresh season, fresh start, fresh concepts. I can’t wait. Can’t wait. It’s a great day!” Distenfeld said.
WJZ’s complete coverage of the opening home game between the Baltimore Orioles and the Minnesota Twins starts at 2 p.m. on Friday, April 6.