Summer is in full swing, and that means so are many baseball bats across the country. To me, nothing says summer like a day the stands, watching your favorite team and listening to one more round of "Take Me Out to the Ballgame."
You can bring the excitement of this great American pastime to your event attendees by hosting a party or reception at one of the many baseball parks across the country. Here are a few popular parks that will certainly make for a home run event:
Oriole Park at Camden Yards
This beautiful Baltimore baseball facility opened in 1992. Within walking distance of the city's Inner Harbor and just two blocks from the birthplace of Babe Ruth, the 48,876-seat stadium uses steel, an arched brick facade, asymmetrical playing field, and natural grass turf to channel the great ballparks built in the early 1900s.
Several suites are available for game day events. Planners can also host events on non-game days, taking advantage of venues such as the Camden Club, Pastimes Cafe, and Camden Yards Banquet Room for receptions as large as 2,500 people or outdoor parties of up to 5,000 people.
The new retro-style Busch Stadium opened with a bang in 1992 when the St. Louis Cardinals home team beat the visiting Milwaukee Brewers. In addition to Cardinals games, the stadium is also serving as host to the 80th MLB All-Star Game.
Busch Stadium's versatile venues can accommodate events as small as 10 people or as large as 45,000 guests. Unique settings include the Casino Queen Party Porch for up to 400 people; the Busch Stadium Conference Center for up to 100 guests; and Ford Plaza for up to 2,500 guests. The ballpark also offers unique packages to make events even more memorable, including a Fantasy Batting Practice and Dinner at Home Plate.
The Nationals might not have as stellar of a track record as other teams in the MLB, but what they lack in wins they certainly make up for in the stadium they call home. The magnificent Nationals Stadium, located at the Capitol Riverfront in Washington, DC, features a stunning steel, glass, and concrete design intended to reflect the architecture of DC. A cutting edge experience, the ballpark's technological features include a 4,500-square-foot high-def scoreboard and over 600 linear feet of LED ribbon board along the inner bowl.
The Nationals' Conference Center, located on the South Capitol Street side of the park, features one large room and four breakout rooms. The main room of this Washington, DC venue holds 300 people, while each of the side rooms can accommodate 50 people.