Attending a game at Camden Yards is always an exciting Baltimore experience, regardless of whether the O’s are winning or losing. Sadly, not everyone has had the pleasure of watching Baltimore’s own birds.
So, since we’ve got these orange birds on the brain, it’s time to explore the absolute essentials for enjoying an Orioles game at the legendary Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Here are some of the basics to having a good time for all nine innings:
Visit Boog’s BBQ or buy a ballpark hot dog
Life ain’t nothin’ without tasty food! And ballpark food, especially at Camden Yards, is the best there is. Buying a hot dog along with a cold beer is traditional at any ballpark, so if it’s your first game and you’re hungry, opt for this combo. However, if you’re willing to pay a little extra cash, visit Boog’s BBQ for a bite to eat. A Camden Yards staple, Boog’s is located under the green tents behind center field—in close range to the standing room, where fans can watch batting practice before the game. Boog’s, named after All-Star first baseman Boog Powell, serves up barbeque’s finest, including pit beef, ham, and turkey. If you’re a fan who is looking for the ultimate food experience, a sandwich from Boog’s is the ticket to Camden Yards flavor town.
“Thank God, I’m a Country Boy” and the 7th inning stretch
During the 7th inning stretch, loyal fans at the ballpark sing and dance to the tune of “Thank God, I’m a Country Boy,” by John Denver. Fans from both sides of the dugout take part in this Camden Yards tradition. If you’re not on your feet dancing to the beat, you’re probably headed inside to use the restroom or grab another beer before alcohol sales end.
Wear the correct shirt
During your next Orioles’ game experience, look around at the jerseys and shirts of those around you. Let’s say you’re attending a game when the O’s are matched up against the Seattle Mariners. You would expect to see a grand mixture of Orioles’ shirts, as well as a few Mariners’ fans here-and-there, right? Of course, this is not the case—in walks a fan wearing a Red Sox jersey. They stick out and root against both teams, making everyone wonder why they are there, ruining the game atmosphere. Word to the wise: don’t be that sore thumb with a poor attitude in the stadium—even if it’s not your team playing, wear something neutral to both teams.
Be courteous (but have fun)
Sports bring fans from all over the world together. Excitement is in the air; you want your team to win! However, some words of caution: watch your language and actions in the ballpark. Rooting for the Orioles is a given (listen for the “Let’s Go O’s!” and “Charge!” chants throughout)—but don’t be a jerk! Fighting is useless, verbally and physically. Also, who wants to risk getting kicked out of the game when the O’s are going to town on the other team? Have fun, but be wise.
Attending a Baltimore Orioles game is an experience like no other. Follow these essentials and you’re in for a wild ride this season!
What O’s traditions do you follow?