April 6, 2017 marked the 25th anniversary of the first game played at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. In celebration of the ballpark turning 25, PressBox spoke to some well-known Orioles fans about where they most enjoy sitting when they attend a game at the legendary stadium.
For some, it's about the atmosphere that exists in a certain part of the ballpark. For others, it's about which seats give you the view of the game that you want the most.
So where's your favorite seat?
"I watched the first game at Camden Yards in Cleveland's dugout. That cannot be topped. It's a long story, but it's a great view. I really love the center field deck. Also, sitting behind [Diamond Comic Distributors CEO] Steve Geppi is always fun. Sitting in left field, where my favorite heckler used to act up on Sunday games, too -- and, of course, standing room only!"
- Jamie Costello, ABC2 (WMAR) anchor
"I like sitting in center field under the scoreboard. I like those seats, because you can see the whole field, and everything is in front of you. I'm always a big fan of sitting there. I also like sitting on the third-base side, because you can see into the Orioles' dugout and try to figure out what they're telling each other."
- James Ellsworth, WWE superstar
"I've been a season-ticket holder at Camden Yards since it opened. For the past 20 years, I've been sitting 12 rows behind home plate. To me, they are the best seats in the house. I love baseball and have learned a lot more about the game by sitting there. I can see everything, and I like having the scouts in front of me. You can always get one of them to explain any 'what just happened?' moment."
- Mary Ellen Iwata, former vice president of original content and development, The Weather Channel
"It's the same old story. I sit as close as I can as long as I can. One night, in a driving rain, I sat in Cal Ripken's seats behind home plate in a game between the Yankees and the good guys. I never moved. I had a flimsy umbrella and was in an avalanche of water, but I'll be damned if I'm giving up on my seats. Besides, if it was good enough for [former Orioles third baseman] Melvin Mora to still be out there, it was good enough for me!"
- Roy Firestone, legendary sportscaster
"We tend to sit behind home plate or behind the Orioles' dugout. My kids like to be as close to the guys as possible and prefer to see how the pitchers work. Personally, the bleachers are great, and those sections down the left-field line, close to the foul line where the seats start to turn, are really cool, too. But usually, we end up 15-20 rows behind home plate."
- Jason La Canfora, CBS NFL insider
"After we hit the bars near Camden Yards, I usually score tickets from my buddy Carter, and we sit behind the first-base dugout. It's mostly so I can see the shortstop. It takes me back to when I played shortstop for Towson rec and Towson travel [teams]. It's the best view to see the left side of the infield. Then I usually bounce around to center field. I always liked sitting there, because [former Orioles center fielder and current vice president of baseball operations] Brady Anderson was my favorite Oriole growing up."
- Zachary Merrick, All Time Low bassist
"It depends on who I'm going with. If I'm going with my buddies, I want to sit in the bleachers. There's just something magical about sitting in the bleachers, having beer on a summer night and enjoying a baseball game and looking at it from that perspective. If I'm going to specifically watch the game, then I want to sit in the lower level behind the third-base dugout, because I think those are probably the best seats, and you can kind of see everything, and you can peer into the dugout to see what [Orioles manager] Buck Showalter is doing and the reaction from the players. If I'm going with my kids, it's very important that I'm in the shade [on the third-base side]."
- Bryan Nehman, WBAL Radio morning show host
"In 1991, I was thrilled to have been taken on a tour of the building site for Camden Yards. I still have a picture of me in a hardhat standing at what was to become home plate. I couldn't imagine how it would all come together, but it certainly did. I think of that day nearly every time I come to the Yard and sit just up from that same area, now looking at an actual home plate."
- Pat Sajak, "Wheel of Fortune" host
"Right behind home plate, because I can tell our batters where the catcher is setting himself up -- inside or outside!"