Oriole Park at Camden Yards during a game against the Washington Nationals. Photo by Brandon Weigel.

Baltimore beloved baseball stadium Oriole Park at Camden Yards turns the big 3-0 this season.

The iconic retro design and downtown location, which opened on April 6, 1992, has inspired the construction of ballparks around the nation for decades, which is why it earned the nickname “The Ballpark That Forever Changed Baseball.”

Camden Yards, which was built on the B&O Railroad’s Camden Station, continues to be a leader in innovation including a recent reconstruction that pushed back and increased the height of their left field wall to cut down on home runs at what has come to be known as a slugger’s park. This rebuild will make it harder for batters to send hits over the left-field wall. 

The park that was a model for countless baseball stadiums nationwide will celebrate its 30th with a number celebratory festivities that will take place amid this week’s series against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Friday, Aug. 5, and Saturday, Aug. 6.

According to Orioles officials, fans can explore historic memorabilia from the last three decades which will be on display at an exhibit, located on the main concourse behind home plate. Fans will also be able to share their own personal history of the ballpark by contributing photos and memories to be displayed in-park and on TV. 

At “Brews and O’s” alumni will serve as guest bartenders at the Guinness Open Gate Brewery from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 4.

Friday, Aug. 5 in partnership with the Oriole Advocates, Orioles will host a luncheon at the Warehouse beginning at noon, honoring former star players for a Q&A session, a silent auction, and raffles. Alumni expected to attend include Robert Andino, Chris Davis, Jay Gibbons, Chris Hoiles, Rodrigo Lopez, Jeff Reboulet, and Rick Sutcliffe. 

The first 20,000 fans ages 15-and-over at Friday’s game will receive a Cedric Mullins 30/30 club bobblehead. And select alumni will be on Eutaw Street near the New Era cap store, from 6-7 p.m. signing autographs for fans, at no charge.

Saturday, Aug. 6 a pregame ceremony will take place that will honor returning Orioles of the last three decades, including Andino, Davis, Gibbons, Hoiles, Lopez, Reboulet, Sutcliffe and Hall of Famer Eddie Murray. Gates will open at 4 p.m. and the ceremony will begin around 4:40 p.m.

According to MLB.com, each returning player will wear a jersey that will be autographed, authenticated, and auctioned online at Orioles.com/auction to benefit the Orioles Charitable Foundation. 

For Saturday’s game, the first 15,000 fans ages 15-and-over will receive a 30th Anniversary of Oriole Park at Camden Yards t-shirt.

Postgame The Birdland Summer Music Series, presented by Miller Lite, will feature a concert by Baltimore’s own Dru Hill, with special performances from Sisqo, Smash Mouth and DJ Spinderella, who is the in-game celebrity guest DJ.  

For more information on the Orioles 30th anniversary visit www.orioles.com/oriolepark30

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Latrice Hill

Latrice Hill is a Baltimore native and Morgan State University graduate who loves all the great things this city has to offer. She worked with WMAR 2-News as an Assignment Desk Editor before she joined...