Kenneth K. Lam / Baltimore Sun
Purple reigns in Baltimore on football Sundays, and nowhere are fans more in evidence than on RavensWalk. The path from Oriole Park to M&T Bank Stadium, home of the Ravens, opens three hours before game time and is lined with food stations, bars, bands, big-screen TVs and games. Even if you don't have a ticket to the game, the Ravens tailgate is a scene worth taking in. Meet former players, get your cheerleader calendar autographed or take a picture with real ravens from the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore. “That's one place a true fan has to see,” says super fan Greg Hudnet, who appears as “Birdman.” About 42,000 fans make their way into the stadium on RavensWalk. “The last thing that happens is when the band comes through,” says Hudnet. “They get everybody pumped up.”
RavensWalk, between Oriole Park and M&T Bank Stadium.
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Gabe Dinsmoor, for The Baltimore / Baltimore Sun
Want to experience the best darn baseball stadium in the country? Pick a day when the Orioles are playing at home. If it's a night game, take a behind-the-scenes tour of Oriole Park at Camden Yards during the day (there are no tours if there's a day game). Stop at Pickle's Pub at least an hour before game time to be one of the 400 or so fans crowded inside and outside, anticipating an O's win. (“This is the place to go before the ballgames,” says manager Craig Ziegenhein, “since we're right outside of left field.”) Enter the ballpark via Eutaw Street, being sure to wind your way through Legends Park, with its statues of Frank, Brooks, Jim, Earl, Eddie and Cal. Pick up a beer and a hot dog on the way to your seat. Then start bleeding black and orange.
Oriole Park at Camden Yards, 333 W. Camden St.
Pickles Pub, 520 Washington Blvd.
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By Chris Kaltenbach and Susan Reimer