A couple with their dog at a baseball game.
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Major League Baseball’s “Bark at the Park” events are special game days where fans are allowed to bring their dogs to the ballpark. These events are hosted by various MLB teams during the regular season and are designed to provide a fun and family-friendly atmosphere where both fans and their pets can enjoy a baseball game together.

Major League Baseball’s “Bark at the Park” events are special game days where fans are allowed to bring their dogs to the ballpark. These events are hosted by various MLB teams during the regular season and are designed to provide a fun and family-friendly atmosphere where both fans and their pets can enjoy a baseball game together. Here’s how these events typically work.

Taking your pet to MLB Games

Special Tickets

Fans must purchase special ticket packages to participate. These tickets often include access to designated seating areas where dogs are allowed.

Pre-Game Activities

Many events feature pre-game parades or activities where dogs can participate, showcasing the pets around the field or in a designated area of the park.

Amenities for Dogs 

The stadiums are equipped with amenities to accommodate dogs, such as relief areas, water stations, and sometimes even pools or cooling stations to ensure the dogs stay hydrated and comfortable.

Health and Safety Regulations

Safety is a priority at these events. Owners must provide proof of vaccinations for their dogs, and sometimes there are additional requirements, such as dogs being on leashes, having ID tags, and being over a certain age.

Community and Charity Support

Often, these events also support local animal shelters or pet charities, with part of the proceeds from ticket sales going to these organizations.

Let’s go over the “Bark at the Park” events for the 2024 season for some of the teams. 

Baltimore Orioles: Bark at Oriole Park – Detailed Event Information

The Baltimore Orioles will host their “Bark at Oriole Park” event on Wednesday, September 18, against the San Francisco Giants. This event will take place at Oriole Park at Camden Yards, located in Baltimore, Maryland. 

The event, presented by Zesty Paws, invites fans to bring their dogs along for a game, provided they purchase a special ticket package. This package includes not only the game tickets but also access to a pregame Pup Parade and a gift bag filled with goodies from Brutus Bone Broth.

Entry Procedures and Rules

Gates will open for dog-owning fans at 5:10 PM at Gate F, where all attendees must check in. To be eligible for entry, all dogs must come with a pre-purchased Bark at Oriole Park ticket package. Important entry requirements include:

  • Mandatory proof of up-to-date dog vaccinations.
  • A strict one dog per adult policy.
  • An age requirement that dogs be at least 6 months old.
  • Non-transferability of tickets, with a clear policy against resale.
  • Entry refusal rights reserved for non-compliant or problematic dogs.
  • All dogs must be leashed, tagged with ID, and accompanied by an adult aged 18 or over throughout their stay. Dog owners are responsible for taking their pets to designated pet relief areas and managing waste disposal. 
  • The event organizers have arranged seating in sunny areas to ensure comfort, with water stations and shaded areas to help manage the heat. A professional veterinarian will be on standby to address any emergencies, injuries, or illnesses.

Washington Nationals: Nationals Park Dog Days – Schedule of Events

The Washington Nationals offer multiple Bark at the Park events throughout the 2024 MLB season at Nationals Park, Washington D.C.:

Man and dog posing on a baseball field
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  • April 23 vs. Los Angeles Dodgers
  • June 3 vs. New York Mets
  • August 2 vs. Milwaukee Brewers
  • September 10 vs. Atlanta Braves
  • September 27 vs. Philadelphia Phillies

Dog-friendly seating is available in sections 136-143, and each dog must have a ticket purchased specifically for them. Click here for the best promos this MLB season if you looking to try your luck and add some stakes to the games.

Philadelphia Phillies: Bark at Citizens Bank Park – Upcoming Event Announcement

The Philadelphia Phillies will host their Bark at the Park event on a date yet to be determined against a team yet to be announced, at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. A highlight of this event is the distribution of a unique Bark at the Park bandana to the first 350 dogs, creating a memorable experience for the early attendees.

Pittsburgh Pirates: PNC Park Pup Nights – Full Season Pup Night Calendar

Located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the Pittsburgh Pirates have set an extensive schedule for their dog-friendly nights at PNC Park for the 2024 season:

  • April 23 vs. Milwaukee Brewers
  • May 7 vs. Los Angeles Angels
  • May 21 vs. San Francisco Giants
  • June 4 vs. Los Angeles Dodgers
  • June 18 vs. Cincinnati Reds
  • July 2 vs. St. Louis Cardinals
  • July 23 vs. St. Louis Cardinals
  • August 6 vs. San Diego Padres
  • August 27 vs. Chicago Cubs
  • September 10 vs. Miami Marlins
  • September 24 vs. Milwaukee Brewers

To participate, fans need to secure a Rooftop ticket, present proof of their dog’s vaccinations, and sign a waiver before entering.