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Harbor Park is a stadium along the Elizabeth River, in downtown Norfolk, Virginiamarker, USA. It is primarily used for baseball, and is the home field of the Norfolk Tides minor league baseball team. The Tides are the International League AAA farm team for the Baltimore Orioles. Harbor Park opened on April 14, 1993 and seats 12,067 people. Seating includes 9,000 lower deck seats, 2,800 upper deck seats and a 300 person capacity picnic area. The stadium also features 24 luxury skyboxes with seating for 400, and a 225 seat full-service restaurant with a panoramic view of the field from the first base side. A record crowd of 14,263 was reached August 31, 1996.

However, attendance has waned in recent years. In 2008, attendance was the lowest in Harbor Park's history -- 433,767.

The field is made of natural grass and features a state of the art irrigation and drainage system. The dimensions are 333 feet in left field, 410 feet in center field and 318 feet in right field.

During Major League Baseball's search for a new home for the Montreal Expos, Norfolk submitted a proposal which would have expanded Harbor Park to temporarily accommodate a major league team. Norfolk's bid was rejected and the Expos eventually became the Washington Nationals.

On March 30, 2007, the Washington Nationals played an exhibition game against the Baltimore Orioles. The game was sold out two weeks before the game.

On October 28, 2008, Barack Obama had a rally here.

On December 16, 2008, the city of Norfolk approved a plan by the Tides to build a right field party deck behind the home bullpen. The deck will hold 400 standing people persons and will not add seats to the park, although it would increase standing room area for overflow crowds. The right field fence moved in 20 feet, to accommodate the deck, changing the right field foul line length to 318 feet. The changes were completed by March 15, 2009, two weeks before an Orioles–Nationals exhibition game.

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http://www.landmarkdg.com/pix/kp_hp_big.jpg

http://www.worldstadiums.com/stadium_pictures/north_america/united_states/virginia/norfolk_harbor1.jpg

http://a960.ac-images.myspacecdn.com/images01/122/l_46d0f56fdf0c24f2ed270efaeed52df7.png - seating chart

http://a338.ac-images.myspacecdn.com/images01/8/l_9806e1aa928a5837e77ac148b9575119.jpg - Hurricane Isabel

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