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During a recent trip to Baltimore, Maryland I took a walk to this historic Oriole stadium at Camden Yards and created this panoramic view. The workers were wetting down the baseball diamond in preparation for Opening day for the Baltimore Orioles 2013 season. This is a great opportunity to view the stadium without clutter or distractions. Here's a bit more information on the history of the stadium itself.
When Oriole Park at Camden Yards opened on April 6, 1992, a new era of Major League Baseball began. The park was brand new, but still old-fashioned. State-of-the-art, yet quaint. At less than a day old, it was already a classic.
Oriole Park at Camden Yards inspired a generation of ballpark construction. No longer would communities across America build multipurpose stadiums devoid of character, surrounded by vast parking lots. Ballparks would now be created to nestle neatly into existing and historic neighborhoods and play key roles in the revitalization of urban America.
Oriole Park at Camden Yards captured the nation's attention from day one and in the 20 seasons that followed, has served as the standard by which all new ballparks are measured. Citizens of Baltimore and all of Maryland, as well as Orioles fans throughout Birdland, should take great pride in the fact that our team makes its home in the ballpark that forever changed baseball.
The field is 16' below street level and is comprised of a sophisticated irrigation and drainage system below natural grass turf. It is designed to reduce the frequency of rainouts by shortening the length of baseball's most exasperating feature, the rain delay. The field's system makes it possible to get the field ready for play within a half hour after the end of a heavy rainstorm. The drainage system automatically removes as much as 75,000 gallons of rainwater from the field in an hour. Following the 2000 season, the ballpark's infield and outfield were completely rebuilt, replacing the dirt, sand rootzone mix, sod and drainage. The drainage system was modernized by utilizing an inlaid piping system topped by a fabric mesh and gravel to better protect both the pipes and the playing surface. Following the 2005 season, all new irrigation heads were installed and in 2007, the warning track around the field was replaced. In 2008, the sod was replaced with a sand-based blend of Kentucky bluegrass that is genetically darker in color and more durable than the version previously used at Oriole Park, giving the field a more vibrant green color.
For Camden Yards' first nine seasons, outfield dimensions were 333 feet to left field, 364 feet to left center, 400 feet to center, 373 feet to right center and 318 feet to right. Prior to the 2001 season, in conjunction with extensive renovations to the ballpark's playing surface and drainage system, the Orioles reconfigured the ballpark with outfield dimensions that were up to 7 feet larger than those used since Camden Yards opened in 1992. However, it was found that the new dimensions did not significantly improve sight lines for fans, as had been anticipated, and adversely affected the viewing angle of the batter's eye wall.
As a result, the ballpark was returned to its original dimensions before the 2002 season. The changes included moving home plate approximately seven feet closer to the outfield, to its original spot 59 feet from the backstop. In addition, the entire field was shifted several degrees to the first base side and both the left field and right field foul poles were repositioned to their original locations. The foul line measurements decreased from 320 feet to 318 feet in right field and from 337 to 333 feet in left field. The center field distance decreased from 406 to 400 feet and the deepest part of the ballpark, in left center field, decreased from 417 to 410 feet.
The shorter distance to the right field corner than down the left field line is compensated by a 21' high wall, which extends 100' from the right field line toward center. The fence in the rest of the park is only 7' high.
April 7th, 2013
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