Nats Fans on the Road: Oriole Park at Camden Yards

Oriole Park at Camden Yards is a great place to see the Nationals play on the road.
Oriole Park at Camden Yards is a great place to see the Nationals play on the road.

Nationals fans should consider a day trip to Oriole Park at Camden Yards next season for the Battle of the Beltways.  The series is very popular and it attracted 137,031 fans who streamed into stadium in downtown Baltimore for the final series before the All-Star break.

The MARC train is a great way to get to Baltimore for a game.  It runs during rush hour and it also has a limited weekend schedule.  Fans who arrive at Baltimore Penn Station can take a short ride on the light-rail shuttle directly to the ballpark.  The ride home from the game could cost you $17 if you miss the MARC train and have to take Amtrak.

We arrived early at the ballpark on public transportation and took a terrific tour of the ballpark.  This slide show will give a sense of some of the most unique features of the stadium and it should also show you the best places to catch balls, get autographs and stay cool on a hot day.

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We also caught up with two Nationals fans this weekend—Nick and Taylor—who both went to the game on Saturday when the Nationals came from behind twice to win 7-4.

Nick

Nick traveled to Camden Yards to see the Nationals play for three very good reasons.

  1. It was a great opportunity to follow a DC team he loves.
  2. The trip was a short enough distance away and does not require overnight stay.
  3. It is fun to see your team play on the road.

One of the unique aspects about Camden Yards that Nick experienced before settling into his seats behind home plate was watching batting practice from behind the Nationals dugout.  Unlike Nationals Park, which cordons off most of the ballpark until 1.5 hours before the game, the entire ballpark opens 2 hours before the game.

Nick had a great seat behind home plate, but cautioned about obstructed views.
Nick had a great seat behind home plate, but cautioned about obstructed views.

You may also notice in Nick’s Instagram post that Camden Yards does not have high nets that encircle the playing field during batting practice.  This means that there are plenty of opportunities to catch balls and get autographs, but it is important that you stay alert for batted balls.

Max Scherzer signed autographs for only Nationals fans before the game.
Max Scherzer signed autographs for only Nationals fans before the game.

Nationals fans interested in attending a future game at Camden Yards should choose their seats carefully.  “The sight lines are good,” Nick said, “as long as you’re not under the overhang from the upper deck in the lower bowl.”  Although fans in these seats will have great views of the entire field, the scoreboards may be blocked by the overhang.

Walking around the concourse during play could also be detrimental to fans, like Nick, who traveled for the sole purpose of watching the game.  Camden Yards does not have an open concourse, so fans will miss play when they are away from their seats.

Taylor

Taylor made her first trip to Camden Yards in recent memory with a friend on Saturday night and it was her first time seeing the Nationals play on the road.

Taylor traveled to Camden Yards for the first time in recent memory. It was her first time seeing the Nationals on the road.
Taylor traveled to Camden Yards for the first time in recent memory. It was her first time seeing the Nationals on the road.

One of the most distinguishing attributes of the ballpark to many fans, including Taylor, is the brickwork.  It can be found pretty much everywhere at Camden Yards.  Its presence is most obvious in the 1,116-foot long warehouse in right field.  It can also be found clustered along Eutaw Street, Babe Ruth Plaza and Orioles Legends Park.

Taylor is looking forward to the next matchup between the Nationals and Orioles, but will have to be patient because the teams don’t meet again until September 21.

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