Fans at the Orioles home opener on Friday will see some new Orioles in the outfield, and they'll also be seeing some new concessions, both on the Eutaw Street promenade and along the main concourses.
Among the more notable changes, Gino's Burgers & Chicken and Stuggy's, which were located just inside Gate H, the main north entrance, won't be back at the yard in 2015, according to an opening day press announcement by the Orioles.
Taking Gino's place is Baltimore Burger Bar, which will feature a menu of customizable burgers. Specialties include the Bacon & Cheese BBQ Burger and the Bacon, Mushroom and Swiss Burger.
Replacing Stuggy's is ESSKAY Gourmet Hot Dogs, where the ballpark offerings will include a Crab, Mac N' Cheese Dog, a 7th Inning Stretch Bacon Chili Cheese Dog and the Oriole Park Crab Dip Dog.
Gino's and Stuggy's joined the Oriole Park line-up at the beginning of the 2012 season. They were operated by licensing arrangements with the stadium's concessionaire, Delaware North Sportservice.
"Gino’s did not strike out at Orioles Park," Gino's CEO Tom Romano said in an emailed statement. "In fact, Gino’s and the Orioles fans enjoyed three successful seasons of a great relationship. Unfortunately, the 2015 contract was more than we can accommodate at this time."
Romano said that the Valley Forge, Pa.-based restaurant will focus on expanding its restaurant group in the Baltimore area. Gino's restaurants currently operate in Towson, Glen Burnie and Aberdeen.
Other new concessions include:
Ole Mole by Modelo, located on the lower level, first-base concourse near Gate D, which will sell gourmet soft tacos and churros
The Chipper, located on the lower-level, third-base concourse behind section 68, which will sell stacked potato-chip creations like the Crab Chipper, the Bacon Chipper and the BBQ Pulled Pork Chipper.
Smithfield Corner, located on the lower-level, first-based concourse near Gate C, which will sell The Pork Burger, Camden-style, a Smithfield's pork burger with barbecue sauce, coleslaw and fried onions.
Pizza Boli's, with three stadium locations, one on each level.
Among the other changes at Oriole Park this season, all ballpark gates will open two hours prior to the scheduled start time. Fans will now be able to enter the park from any entrance, and do directly into the seating bowl.