For the first time in my life I got to visit a MLB ballpark that was not Orioles Park at Camden Yards. The Orioles were playing the Rays and it was about an hour from where my family was on vacation so we had to go. My family and I went to the 1:40 p.m. game on Sunday.
I got to watch the Orioles crush the Rays for 10 runs. The Rays made it close at the end and almost mounted a comeback but the Orioles won 10-7.
Now time to review the ballpark. First off, I have to say that this ballpark is not Camden Yards, not even close. I think Orioles fans get spoiled by having one of the best stadiums in professional sports.
The Ballpark: Taking a look at just the ballpark itself and not considering anything else I would have to say the park is average to below average. It is an indoor stadium which might take some points off of it.
The park is clean which is one of the best things looks wise it has going for it. It is a concrete structure and you do not get a great view of anything but concrete and the field. This is not like Camden Yards where you get to look out onto the city and you have the beautiful warehouse in the background. There was a lot of blue for the Rays that was about it and the Ray tank but that is rather small.
The Park itself is small, hardly having an upper deck and some of those seats were covered.
The Atmosphere: The stadium did get loud whenever the Rays had a hit or a strikeout which was surprising because the stadium was not filled by any means. The concrete walls had a lot to do with the noise in the stadium. When it came down to it I could hear someone whistle all the way from a few sections away.
The fans and workers were nice and did not give me or my family any problems for being Orioles fans. I was the only one out of the four of us that wore an Orioles shirt and hat.
There were a lot of Orioles fans, two sections looked filled with Orioles fans and there were plenty scattered around. No one got rude or out of control, it was a Sunday game so that should be expected.
The atmosphere could be better, I like the fact that everyone was nice. The Rays are a good team and still can not fill up a stadium that really is not that big. The Rays fans never seemed that die-hard about their team. They all seemed like baseball fans and not Rays fans. The Rays were losing the entire game but when I go to Camden and the Orioles are losing the fans still get into it.
The best I could describe the atmosphere would just be by calling it chill. My mother was louder than any of the Rays fans that were around us and we changed sections later in the game.