Quick Getaways – Norfolk Tides Baseball
Posted on September 1, 2021 6:50 AM by Jim Ducibella
The Norfolk Tides are the AAA affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles, meaning the baseball players you see have either played for a major-league team, or are their way up to the majors.
Throw in the fact that the Tides play in one of the most scenic ballparks in professional sports – Harbor Park, a smaller version of Baltimore’s Camden Yards that has held the distinction of best minor league stadium, as proclaimed by Baseball America. The 12,000-seat ballpark sits on the Elizabeth River, with plenty of parking ($6) and nearby dining and drinking options (Waterside Live! Is within walking distance). Harbor Park also is known for its variety of food options, all reasonably priced.
As of this writing, the Tides feature three sons of famous sports fathers: First baseman Ryan Ripken (son of all-time great Cal, Jr.), outfielder Zach Jarrett (son of NASCAR Hall-of-Fame driver Dale Jarrett), and infielder Tyler Nevin (dad, Phil, was a major-league All-Star during his 2-year career).
The team, as such, isn’t having a particularly good season, though that’s not why people attend minor-league games. They go to see what they hope will be the stars of the future, and not pay major-league prices for tickets and food.
In that regard, the Tides are a bargain. The most expensive seats are just $14 each for advance purchase ($16 at the stadium.)
Like most minor-league teams, the Tides seem to have at least one promotion each game. Two that stand out: Saturday, Sept. 4 vs. Charlotte Knights (7:05 start, with post-game fireworks); Tuesday, Sept. 14 vs. Jacksonville (7:05 start, dubbed “Turn Back the Clock Night,” with hot dogs, popcorn and sodas selling for $.50). September 16’s game, also against Jacksonville, is a “Business Special Matinee,” and starts at 12:05.