Yesterday at Oriole Park at Camden Yards, the Orioles welcomed the 50 millionth fan in ballpark history prior to their game against the Boston Red Sox. Kevin Gracie, a 24-year-old Ellicott City resident, was designated as the 50 millionth person to attend a game at Camden Yards.
Opened in 1992, Oriole Park is the quickest ballpark to achieve the 50 million fan milestone in the history of baseball. In 17 seasons, Oriole Park at Camden Yards has hosted the third-most fans in baseball, trailing only Dodger Stadium and Yankee Stadium.
Gracie, a second-year student at the University of Baltimore School of Law, has attended Orioles games since age four. In an on-field presentation prior to the game, the Orioles and the Maryland Lottery presented Gracie with $50,000, season tickets for five years, and a package of VIP amenities that included a seat upgrade, a commemorative jersey and limousine transportation from ZBest. All fans at tonight‚Äôs historic game received a pin commemorating the event.
‚ÄúThis is unbelievable,‚ÄĚ Gracie said. ‚ÄúBeing an Orioles fan really paid off. I‚Äôm as excited about the season tickets as I am about the $50,000, because it means I‚Äôll be able to come to even more games.‚ÄĚ
Yesterday‚Äôs attendance milestone is the first of two the club will reach during this homestand. Through Monday night‚Äôs game, the Orioles were 157,273 people shy of reaching the 100 millionth fan plateau in franchise history. The designated 100 millionth fan will receive $100,000, season tickets for five years and the VIP package from the Orioles and the Maryland Lottery. All fans in attendance at that history-making game will receive a 100 millionth fan commemorative pin.
Source: Baltimore Orioles