Baltimore: a legendary destination for American spectator sports
Oriole Park at Camden Yards
The city’s legendary baseball field is Orioles Park at Camden Yards, a pioneering venue that opened in 1992 as the first “retro” ballpark built in the United States. Attracting attention from fans across the country who wish to have a classic baseball experience, Camden Yards is considered one of the best places watch a game.
Considered state-of-the-art, yet featuring classic structure with excellent site lines from every seat, Camden Yards features an array of amenities, such as an abundance of food offerings that go way beyond popcorn and hotdogs. Some local standouts include the Chesapeake Bay crab sandwich; crab mac and cheese; and barbecue at Boog’s, a fan favorite. The Orioles offer a lot of fun for kids, too. In addition to watching the entertaining antics of the team’s mascot, the Oriole bird, children can sign up for a membership that includes game tickets and other specials.
Located only a few minutes’ walk from the city’s famed Inner Harbor, the venue is also a few short blocks away from the birthplace of world-renowned baseball great Babe Ruth. For fans who wish to get an inside look at the park, public tours are available throughout the year (advance reservations required; see website for times and details). And early birds may have the chance to meet the players and get an autograph or two – from when the gates open until 45 minutes prior to the game’s start.
M&T Bank Stadium
In the fall season, football fans always score a touchdown when visiting Baltimore’s M&T Bank Stadium to root for the city’s national league football team, the Ravens.
Located adjacent to Camden Yards, the football stadium is abuzz with big, energetic crowds regardless of the weather. With seating for over 70,000 spectators, M&T Bank Stadium is a designated LEED-certified gold venue, and offers a variety of modern amenities for fans, including RavensVision digital television monitors, a strong Wi-Fi signal and for food-lovers, a robust selection of local delights.
Of course, everyone knows that tailgating before the game is a major part of the football experience, and the Ravens offer premier pre-game fun. Instead of bringing your own food and cooking it up next to your vehicle, the stadium features the popular RavensWalk. Situated between Oriole Park and M&T Bank Stadium, RavensWalk is considered a top tailgate destination in football and attracts a multitude of enthusiastic fans each week. Opening three hours prior to the games, it offers a spacious area with food, bars and plenty of seating for fans to relax and enjoy a snack before entering the stadium.
In addition, Ravens fans who enjoy pre-game tailgating are also treated to the team’s marching band, Baltimore’s Marching Ravens. Dating back to the 1940’s, the band is the largest musical organization in the NFL, with 150 professional musicians and crew.
Outdoor sports activities: Getting out and about
After you've enjoyed the city's professional baseball and football games, the city offers an abundance of fun outdoor activities. For sports fans who wish to stay active themselves, Baltimore is an ideal place to get out and about. Walkers and bikers can spend a day exploring the Baltimore and Annapolis Trail, with its 13-mile paved trail that makes it easy to stroll -- or roll. Attracting over a million visitors a year, it is considered one of the most popular parks in the area and offers residents and visitors the chance to enjoy the region’s natural scenery without venturing far from the city center.
Another nearby destination for hikers and bikers is the city’s Gwynns Falls trail that stretches for fifteen miles and connects over thirty neighborhoods within its urban greenway park. Situated close to Camden Yards and the M&T Bank Stadium, the trail passes by a number of local sites, including the B&O Railroad Museum, the historic railway viaduct and the wildlife observation boardwalk.