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Baltimore, MSA outline 2011 improvements to Orioles Park

Oriole Park at Camden Yards

The Baltimore Orioles and the Maryland Stadium Authority outlined a second year of enhancements to Oriole Park at Camden Yards, including more renovations on the club level, additional seat replacements and a slightly smaller capacity, creating a more intimate environment.

Last off-season, all seats in the lower level from foul pole to foul pole were replaced, along with necessary repairs to the concrete in this area. The work concludes this off-season, as MSA repairs concrete and replaces seats in the lower-level outfield, the club level and the upper deck. Some of these seats will end up at Warner Park in Madison, Wis.; we’ll have a story later today covering the renovations at that ballpark.

At the request of the Orioles, the club level and upper deck at Camden Yards will be furnished with wider seats that will be more comfortable for fans. In addition, sightlines for fans on both of those levels will be improved, as new, less intrusive railings will be installed, enhancing the view of those sitting in the first few rows of both levels, as well as fans sitting in and around upper deck equal access and companion seats.

Other ballpark improvements include the installation of drink rails in portions of the club level seating bowl down the left-field and right-field lines, as well as the addition of bistro tables facing the field on the left-field club level, thus creating a “viewing deck.” Both locations are ideal for individuals as well as small and large groups.

Based on the improvements outlined above and in keeping with trends in baseball, the seating capacity of Oriole Park at Camden Yards will be reduced to 45,971 from 48,290.

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