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In packed Camden Yards, fans watch from nosebleed seats

Orioles fans, from left, Ray Chesser, 65, of Florida; Karen Hill, 49, of Abingdon; Denise Hill, 44, of Baldwin; Shaun Kupfer, 26, of Sykesville, and Robbie Mathias, 26, of Sykesville, enjoyed the game from Section 306, Row 25--among the farthest from home plate in all of Camden Yards.
Orioles fans, from left, Ray Chesser, 65, of Florida; Karen Hill, 49, of Abingdon; Denise Hill, 44, of Baldwin; Shaun Kupfer, 26, of Sykesville, and Robbie Mathias, 26, of Sykesville, enjoyed the game from Section 306, Row 25--among the farthest from home plate in all of Camden Yards. (Jon Meoli, Baltimore Sun)

Thursday's sellout crowd meant that every seat in Camden Yards was filled, including the worst in the ballpark.

The five seats in Section 306, Row 25 — even with the foul pole in right field and level with the roof of the eight-story B&O Warehouse — are about as far from the action as you could get.

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But the view isn't bad — only a portion of right field was obstructed — and, most importantly, the fans still felt they were part of the game.

Ray Chesser, a 65-year-old Baltimore native who lives in Florida, bought three tickets for $108 apiece on the online ticket reseller StubHub and brought his nieces, 49-year-old Karen Hill and her sister Denise, 44.

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He didn't know where the tickets were when he bought them, and the seats surprised the acrophobic Karen Hill. She said at other games, she'd look toward the top row and wonder what the people who sat there were thinking.

"Now I know they weren't," she said.

Beside them, two 26-year-old Sykesville residents, Shaun Kupfer and Robbie Mathias, enjoyed the view from above.

The longtime Orioles fans grew up playing summer ball with injured Orioles pitcher Steve Johnson and catcher Steve Clevenger.

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Mathias said he prefers such heights, having similarly elevated seats at Sunday's Ravens game.

"I'm just glad to be here," Kupfer said from nearly 10 stories above field level. "That's all that matters."

— Jon Meoli

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