Still in the Running . . .

baltimore-marathon-2012-start3 Here in the Warehouse, we have some of the most resourceful, proactive folks you would ever want to work with.  Our Facilities staff (which includes those stationed at M&T Bank Stadium) are innovative as well as responsive.  And they pride themselves on factoring in every contingency when they plan (or book) events.

So even before the O’s locked their place in the playoffs, conversations were taking place about how to accommodate activities scheduled to take place on the complex during October.  The American Heart Walk took the conflict in stride, changing their date to November 2, 2014 and reminding their supporters that “The Orioles won’t stop, and neither will we.”  Das Best Oktoberfest kept their date and moved to the waterfront at Rash Field.

The Baltimore Running Festival, however, is a moving target.  Scheduled for for October 18, 2014, this enormous (27,000+ runners, even more spectators) begins and ends at Camden Yards.  And although the post season has not arrived there yet, a potential seventh ALCS would take place at Oriole Park.

So what to do?

Postponing an event this size, with participants coming from every state and many nations, is not an option.  Cancellation is unthinkable.  But flexibility and reason are always on the table, so (for the time being) the best course of action is to move up the starting times.  That way, the route can be cleared and cleaned before the fans arrive for a night game.

That’s the plan now, but of course there are always variables that could pop up any moment.  That’s why the organizers are keeping their website and social media up to date on every possible scenario.

And what about that ultimate wild card, Mother Nature?  Suppose she throws a curve?

MN is never off the radar — literally.  Our Facilities staff and our partners track the weather like Doppler.  If there are elements on the way, they know and are planning — sometimes days in advance.

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Remember this?  December, 2009.  The Bears are coming to town, and so is a ton of snow.

Even before it crossed the Appalachians, MSA and Ravens staff were lining up plows, manpower, equipment, salt, pizza, and reinforcements for a round the clock response. For many, it meant sleeping in the concourse between shifts with the shovel.  But by kickoff, the complex was ready.

So whatever happens in the next few weeks, you can be sure the folks here in the Warehouse have weighed at the options to address it.  Of course, we all know the best possible solution is.

Win it out, O’s !!!

 

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Hail the Conquering Heroes !! Birds Fly Home

Children  chanting, towels twirling, flags waving and orange everywhere.  And more than a few choruses of “We Won’t Stop” greeted the O’s as the returned to Camden Yards after their flight from Detroit Monday afternoon.

The Bird did his bit to rev up the waiting crowd.

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Big, big cheers for Buck, one of the first off the bus

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A bit weary, perhaps, but happy to be back home for the AL Championship Series against the Royals this weekend

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Is Dan Duquette perhaps the happiest man in town?

 

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Seen at the Scene

captain OSuper Hero Captain O surveys the stands for signs of Tiger infiltration.  He sees a sea of orange.  Kate Upton has yet to arrive.

maryland birdThis fashion forward fan combines designs elements of the Maryland flag with images of The Bird.  A bit busy, perhaps, but certainly festive.

Fever Pitch

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The Bird says it best – Welcome to October, the second season of 2014.  Although the O’s organization has been quietly preparing for this day, it still arrives with uncontained excitement and a thousand little (and big) details to be sorted out.

Visitors parading down Eutaw Street enjoying the beautiful weather had an unexpected surprise yesterday afternoon —   the newly-arrived Tigers, and then the O’s, took the field for some batting practice.  A quick glance from the Warehouse Window revealed a delighted tourist snagging a ball that bounced on Flag Court and through the gates.  Though the stadium was closed, the popular viewing spots over the bullpens filled with fans.

Cleaning crews were policing every corner and the caterers were stocking concession stands until late last night.

In a few hours, the gates will open, and the season begins anew.  We’re hoping this one runs until November.

Scenes from Opening Day 2014

Hope springs eternal on Opening Day, so the adage goes.  Anything is possible.  Even sunshine.  After an interminable winter and two days of the dreaded wintery mix, Monday dawned with bright skies, moderate temps and a brisk breeze.  Spring and the Orioles are back.centerfield deck

Even before the faithful flock to Camden Yards, Opening Day is underway.  The ground crew, led by Nicole McFayden, makes sure every blade is in place and every basepath smoothed to perfection.  Hard to imagine after the mercurial weather of the past few weeks, but the field looks perfect long before the morning interviews begin.
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Preparing for Baseball: A Look into Opening Day

Opening Day is March 31 at Orioles Park at Camden Yards

Opening Day is March 31 at Orioles Park at Camden Yards

This morning as I took my usual walk through the Camden Yard’s Warehouse to get to my office I noticed something different. It wasn’t something out of the ordinary, something in the air was different. There were more people walking around, more trucks coming in for delivery and more cars in the parking lot. It was controlled chaos. It could only mean one thing when there are more people working at a baseball stadium: Opening Day is right around the corner.

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