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Orioles Offseason Plans Destined to Bring Fans to Stadium

Stop what you are doing at this very moment and answer this question for me. How many times have you turned down an opportunity to go to Oriole Park at Camden Yards to watch a baseball game simply because you did not like the sightlines the seats provided, had an issue with the leg room, or just couldn’t seem to fit your backside into one of those seats? Don’t even bother taking off your shoes to count because you just don’t have enough toes.

What if I told you that you are not the only one with this problem? What if I told you that the Orioles recognize this problem? What if I told you they are currently working to improve the sightlines, leg room, and width of seats so that you can attend all 81 games in a season plus all the postseason games in 2011!?

Carlos Armaza is working on the renovations on Oriole Park after also working on the construction of New Yankee Stadium where he won an outfield Gold Glove Award.

Right now at Oriole Park at Camden Yards, crews are working around the clock to remove seats from foul pole to foul pole so that new, more spacious seats can be installed in time for the 2011 season.

Because of the changes, there will be 2,300 less seats in the stadium, putting Oriole Park at Camden Yards in line with the capacity of all the newer stadiums.

The move is one expected from the Orioles, a franchise notorious for making moves to elevate fan experience as opposed to maximizing profit.

“We see teams like the New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox, and Texas Rangers filling their stadiums on the regular and this offseason we asked ourselves ‘what do each of those teams have that we don’t?,” said Andy MacPhail, Orioles’ President of Baseball Operations. “We saw the answer within seconds – great sightlines, wide seats, and a helluva lot of leg room.”

Messages were left for the fans of the Orioles for comments. All five of them didn’t return the call.

“Who needs Chris Lee when you have kickass seats?” said MacPhail.

Tim is a young, aspiring journalist with a passion for the Baltimore Orioles. When he isn't writing, he spends his time at Camden Yards ball-hawking. He is also a fan of the Ravens, Terrapins, Capitals, and Wizards.

Tim has written 122 posts for SportsNickel.com

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