5 Bearable Stadium Sponsors For Camden Yards

Now everybody just chill out and listen for a sec. I’m not a proponent of changing the name of Oriole Park at Camden Yards and there’s been absolutely no indication that it will ever even happen. Back in 2000, there was a story that ran on ABCNews.com that said the O’s were considering selling the naming rights to the stadium. After a little Googling, I’ve seen nothing since.

Last week, the Rangers sold the naming rights to the Ballpark at Arlington. Going forward it will be known as Globe Life Park in Arlington.

Lame. Sellouts.

But if you look at the list of Major League Baseball stadiums, less than a third have non-corporate names (Angel Stadium, Dodger Stadium, Fenway Park, Kauffman Stadium, Marlins Park, Nationals Park, Oriole Park at Camden Yards and Yankee Stadium). Some of those other 22 stadiums don’t sound too terrible either (Wrigley Field, Busch Stadium, Coors Field, Miller Park).

So I figured that since the team has done nothing of note this offseason and we’re all starved for baseball, let’s talk about which sponsors could potentially fit in Baltimore:

5. Esskay Park at Camden Yards

Esskay Hotdogs - Oriole Park at Camden Yards

You guys, Esskay was there for the Ripken years. Hot dogs and baseball are synonymous — especially now that we’re putting crab and macaroni and cheese on them. When you think hot dogs at OPACY, you think Esskay. The swinging bird is on the package and there’s that seamless billboard that’s been there forever in right field. It just works.

4. Domino Sugar Stadium at Camden Yards

Domino Sugars - Oriole Park at Camden Yards

The Domino Sugar sign that overlooks the inner harbor is as much of a landmark in Baltimore as our beloved stadium. Putting that logo on the warehouse wouldn’t be so bad, would it? I could support Domino Sugar becoming the sponsor of Camden Yards.

3. Old Bay Ballpark

Old Bay - Oriole Park at Camden Yards

You’re already dumping this stuff on crabs, french fries, wings, popcorn, potato chips, Bloody Marys and breakfast cereal. Why not name the freaking Yard after it? No one understands Old Bay like we do in Baltimore. It’s uniquely our thing.

2. National Bohemian Yard

Natty Boh - Oriole Park at Camden Yards

Ignoring the fact that Natty Boh is no longer brewed in Baltimore and is now owned by the Pabst Brewing Company, people in Baltimore (myself included) take pride in our cheap beer. National Bohemian became the “official” beer of the O’s in the late 1960′s and has “From the Land of Pleasant Living” printed on the can. We love this stuff in Baltimore.

1. Under Armour Stadium

Under Armour - Baltimore

Okay. This one is not only the most realistic (from a financial standpoint), but also the one I’m most excited about. Under Armour is Baltimore. Kevin Plank went to the University of Maryland, the company is based here and makes Baltimore specific gear. Could you imagine the glowing UA on the Warehouse? I sure can.

Sure, most of these are very unrealistic and I personally don’t think we’ll ever see the O’s sell the naming rights to Camden Yards. But it’s fun to wonder, right?

Which one is your favorite?

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Zach Wilt is the Founding Editor of BaltimoreSportsReport.com and host of the BSR Podcast. He's a loyal Orioles, Ravens and Capitals fan who is obsessed with baseball, loves traveling, In-N-Out Burger and Walt Disney World.

17 Comments

  1. Hickory

    February 11, 2014 at 10:18 am

    Great American Ball Park is a corporate name. http://www.greatamericaninsurancegroup.com

    • Zach Wilt

      February 11, 2014 at 10:24 am

      Updating that now. Thanks for the heads up.

  2. 9inchnails

    February 11, 2014 at 11:03 am

    I can taste the difference qualllity makes! If they renamed the stadium that would be another $100M Peter has to spend on Peter and not the team. what do know about Natty Boh? Are you old enough to drink?

  3. joshsroka

    February 11, 2014 at 12:14 pm

    I don’t like anything that takes away from Oriole Park and Camden Yards, but I could see bringing in a sponsor that doesn’t change the name but puts their logo all over the place

    • Zach Wilt

      February 11, 2014 at 12:36 pm

      I don’t like a sponsor either.

      “I’m not a proponent of changing the name of Oriole Park at Camden Yards and there’s been absolutely no indication that it will ever even happen.”

  4. 9inchnails

    February 11, 2014 at 12:36 pm

    That’s even worse. That’s like puting ugly tatoos all over your girfriend’s perfect ass!

  5. Jason Taylor

    February 11, 2014 at 1:55 pm

    All could work..if Baltimore ever builds a new arena…Under Armour should go for the naming rights.

    • Zach Wilt

      February 11, 2014 at 2:07 pm

      That’s a brilliant idea.

    • Chris P

      February 11, 2014 at 3:03 pm

      For sure. Under Armour Arena will be the only way Baltimore gets a complex large enough to house a NBA or NHL team. I don’t see any local corporations stepping up to take on the financial burden.

      • Zach Wilt

        February 11, 2014 at 4:29 pm

        Yeah I don’t see it either. I’m not sure Baltimore could support another pro team even if they did.

  6. Avi M (@AviMillerBSR)

    February 11, 2014 at 1:59 pm

    Oh, more money for Peter to pocket! Because we all know it wouldn’t go toward payroll…

    Anyways, I’d be good with McCormick Park, too.

    • Zach Wilt

      February 11, 2014 at 2:07 pm

      I don’t know why, but McCormick Park does kind of work.

    • William F Lehecka

      February 14, 2014 at 8:43 am

      You don’t understand that $1/year lease burden the Holy Angelos must bear.

  7. Steve-O

    February 11, 2014 at 2:54 pm

    Not to get picky, but if it was UA, Under Armour Park at Camden Yards sounds better than “stadium”. I hate when today’s ballparks get called stadiums. Something about the word just doesn’t fit. But I’m obviously in the majority, LEAVE THE NAME ALONE. Good debate topic though.

    • Zach Wilt

      February 11, 2014 at 4:29 pm

      Thanks Steve-O. You’re right about Under Armour Park.

  8. MGW

    February 11, 2014 at 4:31 pm

    For all the abuse Peter Angellos gets, it’s fair to point out that he hasn’t sold out to a corporation for overthe 15-16 years that he’s owned the team.

    Meanwhile, we’ve had to call our football stadium “Pissy Net” and now “M and T Bank” which, by the way is based out of Buffalo New York.

  9. CurlyC

    February 16, 2014 at 8:04 am

    I thought part of the deal with Schaefer in naming Oriole Park at Camden Yards was to leave the ‘at’ in the name and never change it to a corporate sponsor.