Oriole Park's unique dimensions are designed to maximize every aspect of watching -- and playing -- America's Pastime. Please observe the following ground rules.
Foul poles with screens attached are outside of playing field.
Thrown or fairly batted ball that remains behind or under the canvas or canvas holder: 2 BASES
Ball rebounding in playing field: IN PLAY
Ball striking surfaces, pillars or facings surrounding the dugout: IN DUGOUT
Ball striking railings around photographer's booths: IN PLAY
Fair bounding ball striking railings above cement wall down right field line: OUT OF PLAY
Fly ball hitting the grounds crew shed roof in right field and bouncing back into play: HOME RUN
For Camden Yards' first nine seasons, outfield dimensions were 333 feet to left field, 364 feet to left center, 400 feet to center, 373 feet to right center and 318 feet to right. Prior to the 2001 season, in conjunction with extensive renovations to the ballpark's playing surface and drainage system, the Orioles reconfigured the ballpark with outfield dimensions that were up to 7 feet larger than those used since Camden Yards opened in 1992. However, it was found that the new dimensions did not significantly improve sight lines for fans, as had been anticipated, and adversely affected the viewing angle of the batter's eye wall.
As a result, the ballpark was returned to its original dimensions before the 2002 season. The changes included moving home plate approximately seven feet closer to the outfield, to its original spot 45 feet from the backstop. In addition, the entire field was shifted several degrees to the first base side and both the left field and right field foul poles were repositioned to their original locations. The foul line measurements decreased from 320 feet to 318 feet in right field and from 337 to 333 feet in left field. The center field distance decreased from 406 to 400 feet and the deepest part of the ballpark, in left center field, decreased from 417 to 410 feet.
The shorter distance to the right field corner than down the left field line is compensated