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Fenway Park: Boston, MA

Collin CooperCorrespondent IMay 6, 2009



Located in the Fenway neighborhood of Boston, Fenway Park was built in 1912 with a capacity of around 37,500.

When people think of Fenway, they think of the Red Sox and the 37′2″ wall in left field, the Green Monster. The Green Monster is home to a manual scoreboard and baseball’s most unique seats on the top. Those seats give you a great panoramic view of Fenway and the surrounding cityscape. If you want to sit here, plan things out early and prepare to shell out some coin.

For those who like to score higher society tickets, the third level outside of EMC Club has Red Sox Hall of Fame plaques along with replicas of the Cy Young Award and Gold Gloves.

The bleacher seats in the outfield are home to the rowdiest and most knowledgeable fans, so bring your drinking shoes.

With Fenway’s charm comes it’s quirks. There are a number of obstructed view seats (it will say "obstructed view" on the ticket) and seats that look off into centerfield instead of towards the pitcher's mound.

Fenway was built for the comfort of the 1912 man, not the 2009 version. The Red Sox have taken steps to replace many of the aging seats, making things a bit more comfortable. If seating comfort is your priority, opt for the Pavilion seats. The Budweiser right field roof deck is another addition to Fenway that offers a very unique view of the game.

Boston is known for having some of the most confusing streets in the United States and there is a reason that they call this "America’s walking city." It is highly suggested you don’t drive to the game; parking garages are scarce and charge out the wazoo (think $50).

Boston has a relatively efficient network of Subways that locals call the T, and taking the green line to Kenmore Square will only run you about $2. From there, follow the crowds to the game. There is also a large contingency of people who park in the Back Bay section of the city and walk to the game. The Back Bay offers fans more upscale restaurants, hotels, and parking garages. It is a great place to stay if you are spending the night in Boston.

Once inside the park, there are plenty of food options. Legal Seafood’s clam chowder is a great local dish that goes well with night games in the early spring or late fall. Dunkin Donuts are huge in Boston, and Fenway caters to the locals with two DD’s.

Fenway has two distinct areas where concessions are bountiful. The relatively new Big Concourse under the right field bleachers is perfect for getting a Fenway Frank, while Yawkey Way, outside, is a real city street that shuts down for game day. Here, you will find Mexican, BBQ, plenty of beer options, and even a local bar (Who’s on First).

A staple of Fenway Park is also the Italian sausage with peppers and onions. You can find numerous independent street vendors lined up around the park’s gates serving up this heavenly meal.

Bostonians love their Sam Adams and Guinness, and both are readily available in Fenway.

Getting tickets to a game at Fenway Park is not easy, nor is it inexpensive. Most games are sold out well in advance and ticket scalpers run rampant.

One the best tips for getting tickets is to head over to the Ted Williams Statue and put your name at the Scalp Free Area. There is no guarantee here, but, if it works, then you’ll get into the game at a fraction of the price.

Marty Rey (Red Sox Media Relations) states that Fenway is unrolling a Family Hour which gives fans 50 percent off of popular concessions for the first hour after the gates open.

Marty also encourages fans to come early. The gates open two hours before the first pitch. This is a great chance for fans to check out all the nooks and crannies around this ancient park, see batting practice, and snap some great pictures.

Fenway Park is situated in one of the best baseball neighborhoods in the country. Beyond the Green Monster, there is Lansdown Street, with it’s packed bars, clubs, and nightlife. On the other side of the Mass Turnpike sits Kenmore Square and the less crammed restaurants, bars, and T stops. Along the developing Boylston Avenue, there are even more bars and restaurants.

Fenway Park is truly an American icon. Saying that there is no place in the world quite like it is an understatement. How can a ball park that is three years shy of a century still produce sell-outs night after night? Much like the band U2, there is little doubt that Fenway Park is still in its prime.

 

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Bars

  • Bleacher Bar 82 Lansdowne St.
  • The Lansdowne 9 Lansdowne St. 
  • Cornwall’s 654 Beacon St.
  • The Lower Depth’s 476 Commonwealth Ave.

 

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