April in Baltimore means three things: 1. blue crab season opens, 2. the start of neighborhood street festivals, and 3. Orioles Baseball. We can practically hearthe roar from section 34 now as the 2012 Birds prepare to take the field this Friday, April 6 against the Minnesota Twins for Opening Day. Adding to the excitement, “the stadium that changed baseball,” Oriole Park at Camden Yards, celebrates it’s 20th anniversary this year with ceremonies honoring team greats like Frank Robinson, Arnold Palmer, and Cal Ripken Jr. (among others,) stadium improvements, commemorative logo stamped baseballs used during all O’s home games, new food venues available on gamesdays and more.
But before the first commemorative ball is put into play, fans will be treated to a variety of Opening Day pregame events such as musical groups roaming Eutaw Street and the main concourses, God Bless America complete with the large 15 Star American flag from Fort McHenry in center field, and the 2011 Golden Glove presentations to Matt Wieters and Nick Markakis. Make sure you’re in your seats for the ceremonial first pitch, as Rick Sutcliffe is set to throw to Chris Hoiles, the starting pitcher and catcher from the ballpark’s debut two decades ago, April 6, 1992.
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Oriole Park at Camden Yards
333 West Camden Street