As fans are gearing up for MLB’s earliest opening day ever, many are also getting excited about the fun giveaways that fans can expect when entering Camden Yards. In past seasons, the Orioles have had staples like the Maryland flag jersey, floppy hats, and who can forget the Manny Machado garden gnome. Here at Baltimore, we have a bit of a collection and we can’t wait to get all of the new goodies this season will offer.
Among the giveaways this season, many of the old faithful’s will return—caps, t-shirts, and bobbleheads—but the team has gotten creative with a few of the new ones. For example, the first 25,000 fans at the June 25 game against the Seattle Mariners will receive a Buck “Snow”alter snow globe to mark the new “Halfway to Christmas” celebration at Camden Yards. In addition to the snow globe, the organization is promising that some of the park will be transformed into a winter wonderland.
In past years, most giveaways have been on weekends, but to make them more accessible, the Orioles are offering more memorabilia on weekday games (with cheaper ticket prices). Other weekday giveaways besides opening day, holidays, and t-shirt giveaways, will be on May 30 when fans will receive an Orioles cooler backpack, and June 12 with a Dylan Bundy bobblehead.
Also new this season, the O’s will also host a University Pride Night series with the UMBC Retrievers kicking it off at the April 20 game against the Cleveland Indians. Students, alumni, and fans are invited to cheer for the Orioles while also celebrating the Retrievers’ impressive run in NCAA tournament.
The first 750 fans to purchase tickets for the game through the offer will receive an Orioles cap in UMBC colors. Although, it seems that the Orioles underestimated the popularity of the team when creating this promotion.
“Due to an overwhelming response for UMBC Pride Night ticket packages, we are currently sold out,” the Orioles website said just 24 hours after the announcement of the offer. “However, we are working to get more caps in time for the 4/20 game.”
The Orioles are going above and beyond (or more like far, far away) and will also be hosting “Star Wars Night” at the Yard on Friday, May 11. The team be giving away a limited-edition O'Day-Wan Kenobi bobblehead and offer a pregame party 90 minutes before game time with Star Wars characters and fireworks after the game set to the movie soundtrack.
Another popular giveaway making a comeback this season is the Orioles Hawaiian shirt. The team has even increased the giveaway to the first 35,000 fans due to its popularity last season. Some other familiar paraphernalia that will return this season include the Memorial Day t-shirt, floppy hat, Orioles hoodie, and Maryland flag script jersey, all with updated designs.
Be on the lookout for some new and inventive promotions this season like an Orioles car emblem, a coaster set, and a puffy vest. For a full listing of the promotions and giveaways, check out the Baltimore Orioles website and mark off your favorites.