A diamond in the rough: As team rebuilds, Orioles have big plans for its main jewel, Camden Yards

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In future concerts, the stadium authority could choose to opt in and collect 45% of the revenue -- under the lease terms -- while the Orioles would collect 55% in consideration for their handling ticketing and committing various resources, according to the authority.

This is a transitional period for Camden Yards. The club's lease is due to expire at the end of 2021, though the Orioles have the option to extend it for five years.

Lease negotiations are typically a time when stadium updates are discussed.

"There's an open dialogue (with the stadium authority) in terms of us wanting to stay in Baltimore and be at this ballpark decades from now," Bader said. "It's certainly safe to say that those conversations are ongoing and there's mutual interest."

Asked about the talks, stadium authority executive director Michael Frenz said: "We currently have a great relationship with the Orioles, and with any new agreement are seeking a business relationship that results in a win-win for the club and the citizens of Maryland."

Newer stadiums look different than Camden Yards. Many are smaller and include open concourses with field views, and stadium clubs for VIPs that offer prime, low-level field views.

At Camden Yards, "there simply aren't the areas of the ballpark that allow for folks to gather and have a social experience," Bader said. "We've got the roof deck and we've got the flag court and Legends Park area that have greater potential."


Club officials and stadium authority officials said it was premature to discuss which design changes may move forward. But changes are expected.

"It's a ballpark that was built in a time when fans interacted with their stadium and the team dramatically differently than they do now," Bader said.

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