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Yeah, it's the way we would take as kids growing up.. I grew up on BRS as I was a Fort Ritchie civilian brat.

Cool! My sister and her husband lived in an apartment right there... at the very top of the mountain, alley off 550. Best radio reception we EVER had! Harrisburg, Balmer, DC. We picked up EVERYthing up there.

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Das Sausage Haus! My very first stop in the stadium. Very SECOND stop... :P

Onions and peppers and pornographic amounts of French's Yellow!

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And just for the uninitiated... you walk down Eutaw, make the first right onto the Concourse, past Boog's and past the Flag Court, then the very first booth on the right. Das Sausage Haus. All kinds of sausages and brats. And grilled peppers and onions. And then copious amounts of yellow on the concourse,

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Cool! My sister and her husband lived in an apartment right there... at the very top of the mountain, alley off 550. Best radio reception we EVER had! Harrisburg, Balmer, DC. We picked up EVERYthing up there.

So like Eyler, Ridge or Hilltop? Or Crawford or Summit if you look at Old Sabillasville as part of 550. Like I said in the game thread the other day, Rocky's or Frank's... yeah the mountain is a good spot.. especially if you are talking about Quirauk Mountain (High Rock) area.

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Didn't they close the stadium due to concerns about thousands of people travelling into the city, and needing to focus police resources at the areas of trouble, rather than the stadium area being at direct risk?

I know there were some fights outside the day of the Boston game, but not exactly riots.

I visited shortly after the riots and for the week I was there, felt as safe as I always do. Ok, aside from OPACY I only did the more touristy areas such as Downtown, Fells, Federal Hill, Hampden, Woodberry, with the odd stop in the Lexington Market area. But still....

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Your fears are your fears but they are unfounded. But this kind of attitude annoys me. Baltimore is no more dangerous then it was before the riots. People want to use the riots as an excuse for whatever reason... The riots weren't really big (if it was 1968, you'd have a point) and they were confined to certain areas. Media blew it up to something bigger. Close it actually got to Camden Yards was Lexington Market (outside of bar patrons starting stuff with peaceful protests). Leaving the Stadium excuse is lame as well. With 295 and 395 right by the Stadium you could be out of the city pretty quickly. To the point you could have stayed at hotels in Ellicot City, Glen Burnie or Linthicum Heights cause it's not like there isn't a half dozen hotels by BWI or Fort Meade.

They got a lot closer than Lexington Market.

How about right outside the stadium?

I have no fear of going to the game as well but the rioting was going on right outside and it wasn't peaceful.

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Baltimore is every bit as safe as virtually any other major US city for your average fan traveling in from the burbs for a baseball game. That's it. Heck, you can park in the stadium lot between M&T and OPACY and really not even have to be out in the city if you're that scared.

Lot of excuses for what has frankly been pretty pathetic fan support for our first place team. Team is great, ballpark is fantastic, and you're almost certainly not going to get shot - go live your life.

This isn't directed at anyone in particular, just a broader point for those that bring up the riots.

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Baltimore is every bit as safe as virtually any other major US city for your average fan traveling in from the burbs for a baseball game. That's it. Heck, you can park in the stadium lot between M&T and OPACY and really not even have to be out in the city if you're that scared.

Lot of excuses for what has frankly been pretty pathetic fan support for our first place team. Team is great, ballpark is fantastic, and you're almost certainly not going to get shot - go live your life.

This isn't directed at anyone in particular, just a broader point for those that bring up the riots.

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All about perception. The media had the whole city on fire. It was only small pockets. The unrest on Saturday was basically at the stadium. Was not that peaceful. Saw a few woman's handbags and shopping bags ripped off their arms. Baltimore's crime rate spiked after the riots. The homicide rate was the highest per population since records were kept.Shootings way up. That being said the stadium area is real safe,but some people in the burbs don't want to go downtown. I have heard it many times. I have heard how can you live in that city.

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I personally feel very safe around the stadium, but you can't tell other people how to feel. I'm surprised to hear that last year's riots have had any lasting effect on people's perceptions of their safety, but apparently some people do feel that way, so I am sure that has some impact on attendance.

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I think if you looked at the crime statistics, you might be surprised at how many thefts, robberies, and assaults there are in the Inner Harbor area. That said, we still go to games. Mostly, we go on Sundays, but that's because it is the time most convenient for us and the games we have in our season ticket plan.

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A DC team, riots, etc all impact but organization hasn't done much to overcome those challenges. The team has been around 1st place all year, and the Orioles chose not to capitalize on that. No mid-season packages or additional discounts on weekday games. It's just a couple billboards that focus on the game experience and connect the identity of baseball and summer and then commercial after commercial about having your kid run the bases on Sunday.

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Your fears are your fears but they are unfounded. But this kind of attitude annoys me. Baltimore is no more dangerous then it was before the riots. People want to use the riots as an excuse for whatever reason... The riots weren't really big (if it was 1968, you'd have a point) and they were confined to certain areas. Media blew it up to something bigger. Close it actually got to Camden Yards was Lexington Market (outside of bar patrons starting stuff with peaceful protests). Leaving the Stadium excuse is lame as well. With 295 and 395 right by the Stadium you could be out of the city pretty quickly. To the point you could have stayed at hotels in Ellicot City, Glen Burnie or Linthicum Heights cause it's not like there isn't a half dozen hotels by BWI or Fort Meade.

I agree with you, but it is the perception. Let's face it, the media is highlighting every arrest made in america! I mean the officers did everything they could yesterday with that sad incident and some news outlets still tried to blame the police. As someone who goes to the games, I am feel very safe and the police do a great job.

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Price hike, safety, being able to watch every game on tv, and the fact that they refuse to do what is necessary to truely compete is why I don't take the family anymore. They may be in first place now but does anyone think this team is going anywhere in the playoffs with these starting pitchers and the hot and cold offense? They sat around and watched all their competition get better at the trade deadline and they did what they always do, go cheap. Well, I have decided to go cheap to which means I'll watch from my couch with a beer that cost me less than a dollar. I suspect a bunch of fans are doing the same thing.

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