With a location that's just blocks from where George Herman Ruth was literally a "Babe," Oriole Park at Camden Yards in Baltimore, which opened in 1992, certainly has some baseball mojo. Aside from its location, which is an easy walk from Baltimore's Inner Harbor, fans love Camden Yards because it looks like a classic, old-school park, but has modern amenities. It's credited with starting a trend toward the construction of old-fashioned ball parks with brick facades and green walls, instead of the soulless concrete hulks where many major league teams played.
Oriole Park at Camden Yards seats 45,971 fans, yet feels intimate. Built on an old railroad center, the park effectively pays tribute to both the history of Baltimore and baseball. The site of Babe Ruth's childhood home -- and Ruth's café, his family's business -- was right where center field of Camden Yards is now. Of course, Camden Yards has made some history itself. It was at Camden yards in 1992 that Cal Ripken broke Lou Gehrig's record for most consecutive games played, earning 20 solid minutes of applause from fans. Oriole Park at Camden Yards may have started the trend toward modern ballparks being made of bricks, but there's a whole lot of iron in the Iron Man's house.