Camden homers won't break glass

October 16, 1990

As they fix up the old Baltimore and Ohio railroad warehouse, Maryland Stadium Authority officials have been anticipating the thrill of hearing glass shatter as a home run smashes some 460 feet into a warehouse window -- a feat unlikely but maybe not impossible.

Well, the Stadium Authority director conceded yesterday, there never will be the sound of shattered glass. The windows in the vulnerable floors of the warehouse near the Baltimore Orioles' future home will be made of Plexiglas.

The warehouse will be beyond the right-field and right-center-field walls of the Camden Yards stadium, which is under construction and scheduled to open in April 1992.

The stadium authority is replacing all the warehouse windows, cleaning the exterior brick and replacing the building's roof -- a job that will cost more than $3.3 million. The windows will be historically accurate, said Bruce H. Hoffman, the stadium authority's executive director. But the historically accurate windows on the lower floors will be plastic.

"It would be a big thrill to have someone smash a window," Hoffman said. "But someone might get hurt."

So spectators will have to pass on the sound of broken glassAnyway, Hoffman said, a 460-foot home run is "a long shot" -- in every sense.

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