From the Ballpark to the Bridge: A Tale of Two Baltimore Icons

Baltimore Orioles Opening Day and the Francis Scott Key Bridge might not seem to be connected at first glance, but they share a common thread. Both are significant events in Baltimore’s culture and history, and both bring the community together in their unique ways exemplifying the spirit of Baltimore.

Opening Day is a beloved tradition that brings people from all over the city together to celebrate their love for the Orioles. The Orioles have been a part of Baltimore’s identity for over 60 years, and Opening Day is a time for fans to come together and support their team and their city.

Similarly, the Francis Scott Key Bridge has been an iconic landmark in Baltimore for decades. It was the final piece of the Baltimore Beltway, which encircles the city and connects it to surrounding areas while providing a beautiful view of the harbor. The bridge’s recent collapse has caused many Baltimore natives to reflect on its importance and mourn its loss.

Francis Scott Key became the namesake of our beloved bridge due to his historical significance to our city and the country. Key is best known for writing the lyrics to the “Star Spangled Banner”, which was inspired by his view of the American flag still flying over Fort McHenry during the Battle of Baltimore in the War of 1812. The naming of the bridge is a tribute to Key’s contributions to the city and serves as a reminder of the important role that Baltimore played in American history.

This same anthem has also held a very special place in the hearts of Baltimore Orioles fans. It’s a longstanding tradition at Camden Yards, and fans take great pride in singing along and chanting “O” as a show of support for their team and city. The anthem represents not just the start of the game, but also a moment of unity and patriotism for everyone in attendance. It’s a powerful symbol of what it means to be a part of the Orioles community and the city of Baltimore. Whether it’s the start of the season or a big playoff game, the national anthem is always a meaningful and emotional moment for Orioles fans.

There is no doubt in my mind that the singing of the national anthem during today’s opening day will be even more emotional for Baltimore fans. Not only will it bring Baltimoreans together in support of their team and city, but it will also serve as a tribute to those who have been affected by the collapse of a Baltimore icon, the Francis Scott Key Bridge.

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Written by Senior Integrated Media Buyer/Planner, Jennifer Pupshis

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