As a life-long baseball, I enjoy watching games in different major league and minor league parks. When I travel to a new city, I try to attend a game. One of my bucket list goals is to see a game in every major league ball park. Each ball park is a unique experience that creates vivid memories that last a life time. It is an opportunity to spend time relaxing with family and friends.
Last summer, I had the opportunity to attend two games at Oriole Park in Camden Yards. This was my first opportunity to see Camden Yards live. I saw the Orioles play the Angels in June and the Oakland A’s in July. I attended one of the games with two of my daughters. My oldest daughter is a passionate and knowledgeable baseball fan. For me, as a lifelong baseball fan this was a “WOW” fan experience.
2012 was the 20th anniversary of the opening of Camden Yards. Oriole Park is the Stadium that forever changed baseball in a positive way by helping baseball return to its authentic roots and providing fans with a great experience. Oriole Park at Camden Yards in Baltimore was the first of the “retro” major league ballparks constructed during the 1990’s and early 2000’s.
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A visit to Camden Yards in Baltimore is a positive customer experience. It has old-time charm with modern conveniences. Camden Yards has a great selection of food and drinks. The people who work at the stadium were polite, friendly and very friendly.
In his book “Platform.” Michael Hyatt describes a WOW experience as having some combination of the following elements:
• Surprise – always exceeds our expectations. It creates delight, amazement, wonder or awe
• Anticipation – anticipating a WOW experience is almost as good as the experience
• Resonance – touches the heart
• Transcendence – you experience purpose
• Clarity – creates a moment when you see things more clearly
• Presence – creates timelessness
• Universality – nearly universal
• Evangelism – has to be shared
• Longevity – The shine never wears off
• Privledge – Makes you proud in a good way
My visits to Oriole Park at Camden Yards last summer combined many of the elements that Michael Hyatt outlined in his book. It was an experience that I anticipated and will always remember.
Can you share a great fan experience?