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Billy Joel fever takes over Downtown Baltimore

First ever concert at Camden Yards
Posted at 10:21 PM, Jul 26, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-29 08:42:59-04

BALTIMORE — For weeks the talk of Downtown Baltimore has been sinkholes and traffic jams, but Friday night people were feeling alright.

“We have been excited since April so I’m like going yes!,” said Denise Webster.

It wasn't 9 o'clock on a Saturday-- but the first concert at Camden Yards had the sidewalks filled.

Sandi Lippel rarely misses a show, and she’s got her favorite lyrics tattooed to her arm.

“I settled on this because my friends do think I’m crazy because I do see Billy Joel all the time,” Lippel said.

You could say that Diana is a big fan. She bragged about it to her husband Eric Fellen when they first met.

She had been to four concerts, Eric was in Baltimore for his 106th night with Billy Joel.

“It’s so cool I kept saying we have to go, we have to figure out a way to go,” said Eric. “It’s her birthday and she wanted to come here, and it’s the first concert ever at this stadium. We’ve been here before the Orioles plays. She’s a big Orioles fan. Her dad was a big Orioles fan. We last came here before he passed away to see the Orioles so.”

Business was booming in a way that the restaurants haven't seen in the longest time.

“37,000 people you don’t get that,” said Tark Abdulghani who works at The Dugout. “You get that opening day, and that’s it. It used to be you get a few sell outs, you don’t anymore. If they got good again, no one cares. Right now it’d be nice to have like three concerts here or four concerts, ya know what I’m saying. That makes up for like 80 more baseball games, you know what I’m saying?”

The Piano Man showed up and the people of Baltimore showed out.

“This is the best thing I’ve seen in 10 years in terms of what it does for the city. It’s cool,” said Abdulghani.