Orioles Fans
(The Daily Record/Maximilian Franz)

Putting the “park” in ballpark

Avoiding insanity while finding a parking spot before the O’s game?

There’s an app for that. Actually there are multiple.

Parking Panda, headquartered in Federal Hill, has been made the official parking partner of MLB.com, the company announced last week. Four teams have already implemented Parking Panda widgets on their own sites — the Tampa Bay Rays, Houston Astros, Minnesota Twins and Seattle Mariners — and 12 to 15 more are expected to do so this year.

Even before this partnership was announced, Parking Panda rolled out specialized parking sites for five MLB teams, including the Orioles. Baltimore’s baseball parking site clearly lists out all the home games, with date, time and opposing team. It also offers a season parking pass, starting at $547.

But the Parking Panda is not alone in its game-changing endeavor.

Chicago-based SpotHero, which, like the Panda, launched in 2011, is aiming to take some of the Camden Yards parking market.

SpotHero calls itself the Orbitz of parking spots. Like Parking Panda, it offers a website and mobile app for reserving ahead or on-the-go.

Now, if only I could reserve those peanuts and Cracker Jacks at a discount…

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