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LEFT: As seen from a nearby parking garage, an IRT Flushing Line subway train passes Citi Field, the new home of the New York Mets since 2009. The “retro” ballpark contains nods to the long history of both the Dodgers and the Giants. Aside from frequent subway service, Long Island Rail Road trains also serve the sports complex. ANDREW GRAHL PHOTO BELOW: Stately Camden Station in Baltimore anchors the new sports complex located on the site of B&O’s Camden Yards, seen here on May 21, 2010. The light rail station is at left, while the MARC commuter rail platforms are at right (the center platform is shared). The old B&O freight warehouse dominates the right field wall. The new Sports Legends at Camden Yards museum opened in the old Camden Station headhouse in 2005. In the background is M&T Bank Stadium, home to the Baltimore Ravens NFL football team. BILL HAKKARINEN PHOTO


providing a one-seat ride to and from New York’s Penn Station. The Baltimore Orioles have called


Oriole Park at Camden Yards home since 1992. The name of the stadium is derived from the former terminus of the Baltimore & Ohio railroad, and the freight yards that the ball park is built upon. Noted for being one of the first retro-styled “fan friendly” parks of the modern baseball era, the design of Camden Yards includes the eight-story B&O warehouse behind the right field wall. Adjacent to the warehouse is the


historic Camden Station, built by the B&O in 1856 and was in continuous use up until the Amtrak era. Orioles fans can take Maryland Area Regional Commuter Camden Line trains as well as Maryland Transit Administration’s light rail services to Camden Station. MARC does not run extra game day service, instead opting for extra com- muter busses from the park-and-ride lots at each rail station.


Take Me Out As baseball grew up in the early 20th


century, it grew up along the trolley tracks. It used to be that the only way to get to Ebbetts Field, Shibe Park, Crosley Field and Sportsman’s Park was by rail. Bland Space Age multi-use stadiums located at the edge of our cities required fighting traffic in order to enjoy the game. As we enter the 21st century, it seems that as new rail sys- tems help revitalize our city centers, so follows the modern baseball fan. Now not only can you root, root, root for the home team; but you can also take the train out to the old ball game.


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