By Rick Ritter

BALTIMORE (WJZ) —  A new name will take the field at Camden Yards this summer.

While it’s not a high-priced free agent for the Orioles, it is one of the best performers in the world.

Music legend Billy Joel is coming to Camden Yards in July.

In an announcement Thursday, the Orioles said Joel would perform on July 26.

It’s the first time a concert has been held in Oriole Park at Camden Yards.

The Angelos family said with more than 100 million people coming to Camden Yards over the years, it is time to take that next step.

“Billy Joel, Camden Yards, Baltimore, I mean, it doesn’t get much better than this,” said Wilson Howard, Chief Operating Officer with Live Nation.

Thursday’s announcement marks the start of a partnership between Orioles Entertainment and Live Nation.

Under the ownership of the Angelos family- the ballpark has not been a concert venue for 27 years- until now.

“One thing we haven’t yet done is diversify into other entertainment events, to start with a legend like Billy is a great opportunity,” said John Angelos, Executive VP, Baltimore Orioles.

While the legend has a residency at Madison Square Garden, he only does a handful of stadiums.

“It’s not like Billy does 30 or 40 stadiums in the season, this season will be eight,” Howard said.

A city that has had a tremendous amount of economic impact through sports tourism is now aiming for a whole new level with this venture.

“Now through next chapter we’re going to drive a heck of a whole lot of tourism impact through entertainment tourism, Billy Joel is the first, hopefully he’s the first of many,” Angelos said.

Tickets will be on sale for American Express card members on Monday, Jan. 14 at 10 a.m. until Thursday, Jan. 17 at 10 p.m.

Orioles season plan members can buy tickers starting Wednesday, Jan. 16 at 10 a.m.

General admission will go on sale beginning 10 a.m. Friday, Jan. 18.

Tickets will be made available on Ticketmaster.

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