While the Orioles home opener on April 4 may be for the baseball nuts and hard-partiers, the first Sunday game at Oriole Park at Camden Yards is for the kids.
The April 7 matinee against the New York Yankees is Kids’ Opening Day and includes a bag lunch to the first 7,500 fans age 14 or younger and a chance for kids ages 4-14 to run the bases after the game.
Now, the game will also double as a birthday party for the Oriole Bird, the team announced.
Per the club, the Oriole Bird hatched on April 6, 1979, out of a giant egg at the team’s old home on 33rd Street, Memorial Stadium. Some of the Bird’s mascot friends are going to come by to celebrate, including Poe from the Baltimore Ravens, Sherman from the Delmarva Shorebirds, Ferrous from the Aberdeen Ironbirds, Louie from the Bowie Baysox, Testudo from the University of Maryland and True Grit from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.
And they’ll all be enjoying birthday cake at the Kids’ Corner near Gate C.
As the team notes, this game qualifies for the Kids Cheer Free program, allowing parents to get two free tickets for children ages 9 and younger with the purchase of a regularly priced upper deck ticket.
Country artist Renee Blair will also perform at a pre-game concert.