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How safe is Camden Yards?

All right, before you start freaking out over that subject line, I’m sure Camden Yards is perfectly safe. But it did get you to click on this post, didn’t it?

But as for the question at hand, we may have a specific answer in a few months after a safety study on the ballpark is finished. The Maryland Stadium Authority recently hired Chicago-based Hillard Heintze to conduct a comprehensive security threat and vulnerability assessment of the Camden Yards Sport Complex (which includes the ballpark, the warehouse and M&T Bank Stadium).

Stadium Authority officials at their last public meeting mentioned that the impact the sports complex’s proximity to D.C. was an element they wanted covered.

But here’s my question — what about the little things? The last several times I’ve gone to either ballpark (D.C. or Baltimore), I’ve noticed the bag check at the security has gone a little lax. So far it’s just encouraged me to try and sneak food into Nationals Park (thank you O’s for letting me bring in my own food without the risk of getting mustard on my wallet).  But what kind of tricks could ill-intentioned people pull?

And the same does not go for football games — especially the Ravens, which seems like the equivalent of going through airport security. At least it is for the guys…finally a perk to being a woman that involves shorter lines!

What’s your assessment as a fan of the security at sporting games? Are some venues in this region better than others?


  1. There is no need to sneak food into Nats Park unless you are bringing a platter or something. As long as it fits under the seat and is in a soft cooler or bag it is allowed. The list of prohibited items:
    Prohibited Items
    The following items are prohibited inside of Nationals Park:

    * Metal, plastic or glass containers of any kind (except for factory-sealed, plastic water bottles, no larger than 1 liter and juice boxes). Only one bottle of water per person will be permitted.
    * Food items not in adherence to the following policy: All food items must be contained in single serving bags within a soft-sided container or cooler, that does not exceed 16″ x 16″ x 8″.
    * Hard coolers or ice chests
    * Backpacks and bags that exceed 16″ x 16″ x 8″
    * Brooms, poles and staffs of any kind
    * Weapons, fireworks and other illegal substances
    * Professional cameras and equipment including lenses in excess of eight inches, tripods, monopods
    * Animals (except service animals)
    * Beach balls

  2. I must say that it is great that people are allowed to bring food into Camden Yards. That fact is not publicized enough (I am sure they would rather you buy the food there). I have lived in Baltimore for 3 years and go to many games and just found that out this year. It really makes it affordable for a struggling 20 something to go to the games.