Outfield wall's new pads don't measure up in color

April 21, 2007|By Childs Walker | Childs Walker,Sun reporter

Sharp-eyed fans might have noticed during the Orioles' opening homestand that the outfield wall at Camden Yards was a lighter "kelly" green instead of the traditional "Camden" green.

It wasn't supposed to be.

The Maryland Stadium Authority ordered new padding for the wall based on a fabric swatch that appeared to be the same color as always, executive director Alison Asti said. But the manufacturer recently switched to a new dye maker, and the product proved to be a lighter green.

The agency and the Orioles will discuss possible solutions, Asti said. They could keep the outfield pads and switch padding along the infield to match the lighter color. Or they could demand darker replacements to match the park's seats and metal structure.

It's not clear if the authority would cover the costs of the replacements or would demand that the manufacturer pay for the mistake. Asti said the incorrectly colored vinyl covering cost about $9,000.

She said she hopes to discuss the issue with Orioles officials next week. A club spokesman declined to comment on the situation.


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