Whether you're supporting your beloved O's or you're headed out to a minor league game, baseball games are a lot of fun. But they're even better when you don't have to stress about food, heat, transportation, or any of the other headaches that can pop up when you're headed out for a day at the stadium. Here are a few hacks you can try!
1. Stay hydrated (for free)
Part of the fun of a baseball game is buying beverages at the stadium, but they can get pricey. Oriole Park at Camden Yards will allow fans to bring in 20 or smaller sealed bottles of non-alcoholic beverages, so grab a cold water bottle from home to bring to the game. (It can't be frozen, so keep that in mind!)
2. Bring the little ones on the house
The Orioles have a program through Chick-Fil-A that allows children under 9 to attend games for free with the purchase of upper deck adult tickets. Check out the fine print here!
3. Skip the worst of the summer heat
Don't want to stick it out in the worst of Maryland's hot season? Opt for tickets during August or September to increase the odds of cooler weather.
4.Perfect your game photos
If you're close enough to get good shots of the game in action, you're going to want to take some pictures! This guide can help you get the perfect pic.
5. Budget for a treat
It's a good idea to stay on a budget, since food, merch, and drinks can be expensive at a baseball stadium. But going to a game is a special occasion, so be sure to allow yourself a treat that you know you'll enjoy -- maybe dinner at your favorite stadium eatery or a souvenir.
6. Know the area
Whether you're staying local or traveling to a new city to watch your favorite team play, it's a good idea to know what's nearby! You can head to a pub for a post-game hang with your friends or catch a bus or train that's close to the stadium.
7. Make your seats special at Orioles Park
Want to make your game night really memorable? OPaCY offers many special seats, from the Bird Bath (where fans are sprayed with water after doubles, triples, and home runs) to the Picnic Perch (where fans can enjoy all-you-can-eat food). Check them out here.
8. Don't forget the sunscreen!
If you're going to be outdoors in the middle of summer, you really want to wear your sunscreen! The sun will be setting late even during night games, and you don't want to risk a burn. Get covered before you leave to avoid having one more thing to bring.
9. Plan your seats strategically
What's most important to you during the game? Being close to snacks, drink, the exits, or the bathroom? Think ahead when you're buying your tickets.
10. Skip the parking fees
Public transit may not be the most luxurious way to get to and from the game, but it's certainly cheaper than paying for a garage, and it's usually a bit less of a headache getting to and from a crowded stadium.