By Colin Campbell, The Baltimore Sun
8:13 AM EDT, June 20, 2012
The Orioles have blown open the game, scoring five runs in the fifth inning against the Kansas City Royals, when the sound of dreadfully catchy strings in Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe" creeps out of the Camden Yards P.A.
Energized by the team's performance, an upper deck packed with high school and college students shrieks with excitement as fans sing along to the tune.
Exams are over, pools are open and summer is underway. And while many college students have bidden friends and college campuses adieu for a few months, a weekend night in Baltimore still offers activities for late teens and 20-somethings from around the state.
The Royals game last month, a promotional $6 Friday AT&T Student Night, set a Camden Yards record for walk-up attendance, with nearly 11,000 tickets sold at the box office the night of the game.
While Baltimore no longer leads the American League East Division — currently a result of the red-hot New York Yankees stringing together a ten-game win streak — the Orioles trail by only 2.5 games as of yesterday, and team officials expect walk-up student tickets to continue to sell out.
The Orioles have offered the promotion every Friday home game, regardless of opponent, for the past eight seasons. Around 8,000 student tickets in the upper deck in left field are sold per game, according to team spokesman Greg Bader. Once those sell out, Bader said, the team sells another thousand tickets throughout the upper deck to remaining students.
"The demand is definitely there," Bader said. "We sell them until all the tickets are gone."
Bader said the team's recent success has excited fans and the promotional discount gives students a chance to see a game without paying a Major League price.
"It is a way for college-aged kids to have an inexpensive night at the ballpark," Bader said. "We tried to make it more affordable for them to come out and enjoy a game."
Student-targeted deals in Baltimore aren't limited to baseball games and movie nights — discounts at local restaurants, athletic clubs and even a day spa can keep spending to a minimum, while making sure the dog days of summer are as interesting as the rest of the year.s
Oriole Park at Camden Yards
333 W. Camden St., 410-333-1560, orioles.com
Students of any age can purchase a $6 upper deck tickets for any Baltimore Orioles Friday home games with a valid school ID.
Tir Na Nog Restaurant
201 E. Pratt St., 410-483-8968, tirnanogbaltimore.com
The Harborplace Irish restaurant offers 10 percent off any meal to local college and community college students with a valid school ID.
Zena's Day Spa
1014 N. Charles St., 410-783-1971, zenasspa.com
Students with a valid school ID can get a 20 percent discount on massages on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
823 N. Charles St., Baltimore
The Mt. Vernon Indian restaurant gives students of any age 15 percent off any meal with a school ID.
Merritt Athletic Clubs
3401 Boston St., 410-539-0944, akbar-restaurant.com
Students under 25 receive $20 per month off the purchase of a yearly pass at Merritt Athletic Club in Canton.
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