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Friday Bird Droppings: A new concessions provider is coming to Oriole Park

Getting food at the ballpark will be a little different, but hopefully better, starting this year.

Toronto Blue Jays v Baltimore Orioles
All I ask is that they keep the crab dip waffle fries.
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Good morning, Camden Chatters.

For those O’s fans who have had unpleasant experiences buying concessions at Oriole Park in recent years, I have what may be good news: the Birds are switching to a different service starting this year. The club announced Levy as its new “hospitality partner” at Camden Yards, replacing its previous concessions provider, Delaware North.

Levy is described in the press release as “the disruptor in defining the sports and entertainment hospitality experience,” and I have no idea what that means. But the company has plenty of experience in the sports concessions business, running the food service at Dodger Stadium and Wrigley Field, among other venues. So it’s official: Dodger Dogs are coming to Camden Yards.

Well, maybe not. There’s no word yet on what food offerings will change at the ballpark. They’d better keep the crab dip waffle fries if they know what’s good for them. The press release promises “opportunities for up-and-coming chefs, restaurateurs, and food and beverage tastemakers in the Baltimore area,” as well as a “food and beverage experience with local twists.”

Sounds promising, but I guess fans will be the judge soon enough. The ballpark dining experience isn’t exactly an easy thing to perfect, so good luck to the new guys.


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Is today your birthday? Happy birthday! A whopping seven former Orioles were born on Jan. 20, including catcher Luis Exposito (36), outfielder David Lough (37), right-hander Matt Albers (40), infielder Ozzie Guillen (59), left-hander Bill Scherrer (65) and the late righty Dave Boswell (b. 1945, d. 2012) and outfielder Gene Stephens (b. 1933, d. 2019).

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