The downtown ballpark that has no name may soon be getting one, according to Gov. William Donald Schaefer.
Schaefer, who in early July predicted a name in two weeks, said yesterday that the long-awaited announcement probably would made within 10 days.
"We've got to come to a conclusion. Naming of the stadium is not an easy thing. No matter what the name will be, half the people will be unhappy, half won't care," Schaefer said, speaking at a news conference in Annapolis.
The 15-year ballpark lease specifies that the name be chosen jointly by the Orioles and the Maryland Stadium Authority, meaning that team principal owner Eli S. Jacobs and Schaefer have the most important voices.
Schaefer and Jacobs have discussed the name several times in the past month, including one night in July when the governor and the owner met in Jacobs' private box during an Orioles game at Memorial Stadium.
After that meeting, Schaefer said he was leaving the naming decision mostly to Jacobs. But yesterday, he seemed to amend that, saying that he and the Orioles owner "very much are working on it together."
Among the thousands of names suggested by fans, four appear to have the most support: Oriole Park, Memorial Stadium, Babe Ruth Park and Camden Yards.