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Orioles Making Several Adjustments To Seating At Camden Yards

Orioles Exploring Plans To Eliminate Up To 12 Corporate Skyboxes As Part Of Changes
The Orioles announced yesterday that they are conducting renovations to Camden Yards' seating bowl ahead of the '11 MLB season. The Maryland Stadium Authority is completing the final phase of the replacement of the seats as part of its deferred maintenance program. Renovations to the facility conclude this offseason, as MSA repairs concrete and replaces seats in the lower level outfield, the club level and the upper deck. In addition, the ballpark's club level and upper deck will be furnished with wider seats. Other improvements include the installation of drink rails in portions of the club level seating bowl, as well as the addition of bistro tables on the left field club level (Orioles). In Baltimore, Edward Gunts reports the Orioles also are "exploring plans to eliminate up to 12 corporate skyboxes along the left and right field lines and replace them with larger group-sales venues and party suites offering a greater variety of seating and entertainment arrangements." While seating options "will increase, the total number of actual seats at Oriole Park will drop by more than 2,300, from 48,290 to 45,971." The change will be the "first major reduction in seats at the ballpark since it opened" in '92. The number of corporate suites on the club level "would potentially drop from 72 skyboxes plus three party suites in 1992 to fewer than 50 in 2011, a response to the disappearance of some corporations in Baltimore and a corresponding drop in demand for corporate skyboxes." The MSA is expected to "consider the skybox proposals as early as December." The MSA yesterday approved a preliminary agreement enabling the Orioles to bring in Delaware North as the ballpark's concessionaire, replacing Aramark. Orioles and MSA officials said that the "changes, expected to cost about $1.5 million, are a response to trends affecting teams" in MLB (Baltimore SUN, 11/10).
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