Shaded Seats at Oriole Park at Camden Yards
The Baltimore Orioles play at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. The ballpark is located in downtown Baltimore, not far from M&T Stadium, home of the Ravens, and just a few blocks from the Inner Harbor. From June to September, summer days in Baltimore can easily reach the 90s, and when you factor in humidity, can feel in the upper 90s or 100s! Knowing the Camden Yards shaded seats will improve your ballpark experience.
Where are the shaded seats at Camden Yards?
As a general rule, the seats in the shade at Camden Yards are located:
- Behind home plate or on the 3rd base side of the ballpark
- Farther back in one of those sections or in a row that’s under cover
- In the back half of the 200-level
Orioles games usually start at 1:05 p.m., 4:05 p.m. or 7:05 p.m. For specific details about finding Camden Yards shaded seats, read on.
Oriole Park at Camden Yards Orientation to the Sun
Camden Yards is built in a way that positions the hitters to north-northeast. Similar to the ballpark a few miles south in Washington, DC, this means if you arrive at the ballpark in the early morning hours, you would see the sun rise over the right field wall. Thus during night games, the sun sets behind the stands on the third base side of the ballpark. This helps keep the sun out of the batter’s eyes but drenches both the field and stands with sunshine during most of the day.
The graphic below shows the approximate location of the sun throughout the day on July 1st (halfway through the MLB season).
Seats in the Shade at Orioles Early Afternoon Games
At the first pitch for day games, the sun should be behind home plate, although any seat in the lower level of the stadium will be in the sun without much shade until the sun starts to dip behind the stands on the 3rd baseline. The safest bet to avoid the sun for a 1:05 game at Camden Yards is to sit in sections 334 to 380, preferably in the last five to 10 rows of these 25-row sections. There are overhangs that will provide some shade at the start of game time and cover more of the stands as the sun moves across the sky.
The worst spots for this game time are anywhere in the lower section down the 1st baseline and into the center and right field stands. Those areas shouldn’t expect any break from the sun during the game. The only exception are tables with umbrellas that can be found behind the right and center field walls.
Seats in the Shade at Orioles Late Afternoon Games
Finding a shaded seat at Camden Yards for a 4:05 game is much easier. By this point, shadows will start to creep onto the field and perhaps cause problems for the hitters. Anywhere from home plate to the left field foul pole in both the lower and upper sections should start to see some shade by first pitch.
During this time of day, there will be a little more shade along the 1st baseline. However, if you’re along the 1st baseline, the closer you are to home plate, the more likely you are to stay out of the sun as the game moves along. Anything higher than section 16 in the lower level of 316 in the upper deck could still see plenty of sun throughout the game. Meanwhile, seating in sections 90 to 98 that are beyond the outfield walls will remain the worst places to sit if you wish to avoid the glare of the sun.
Seats in the Shade at Orioles Evening Games
Night games at Camden Yards aren’t necessarily sun-free games. Throughout the summer, the sun doesn’t set in Baltimore until after 8:00 p.m., sometimes not until after 8:30 p.m. However, anywhere behind home plate, along the 3rd baseline, and even in the left field stands should be fine.
The areas you want to avoid for night games are in center field and right field, as well as sections 1 through 11, which are located in the corner near the foul pole. Much like the 4:05 games, if you’re on the 1st base side, the closer to home plate, the more likely you are to avoid the sun.
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