The Orioles celebrate Opening Day a week from Thursday, but before the first pitch is even thrown, Baltimore’s ballpark is getting some additional love.

Oriole Park at Camden Yards — which celebrated its 25th anniversary last year — was named the second-best ballpark in baseball in a Forbes’ ranking of the sport’s 30 facilities.


The survey took into account the aesthetics, location, historical significance and surrounding entertainment options. It named AT&T Park in San Francisco — home of the Giants — as the top ballpark.

Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Dodger Stadium in L.A. and PNC Park in Pittsburgh rounded out the top five on the list.

Other American League East stadiums: Fenway Park (No. 7) and Yankee Stadium (No. 12) were relatively well-regarded, while Toronto’s Rogers Centre (No. 22) was middle of the pack, and the Tampa Bay Rays’ Tropicana Field (No. 30) came in dead last.

Nationals Park in Washington ranked No. 24.

Camden Yards opened in 1992, replacing Memorial Stadium as the Orioles moved to downtown Baltimore.

While it hasn’t hosted a World Series, it has been the backdrop to playoff series, the 1993 All-Star Game, a visit by the Pope and the record-breaking 2,131st consecutive game played by Cal Ripken Jr. in 1995.

The ballpark has undergone some changes over the years as the team looks to modernize it and keep it among the top parks in the nation.

But the Warehouse and the classic aesthetic remain — which is pretty awesome, considering some designs didn’t center around the Camden Yards site, and others initially didn’t use the Warehouse at all.

Opening Day is set for March 29.