I can't explain it, but New England worships the Red Sox. The fact that they don't win doesn't seem to make a difference.
I wrote this before they won the World Series in 2004, after, as any fan (Red Sox or Yankees) can tell you, an 86-year hiatus. Predictably, Red Sox mania has since gone into overdrive, and there's just no point in complaining about ticket prices when people are prepared to sell their kids just to get good seats.
Coming to Boston without catching, or at least exposing yourself, to the fever would be a real loss, however. If you can get tickets, go to a game, eat a Fenway frank, and watch the team live in action: on a night when the bats come alive, it's the best place in town by a mile. If you can't, any bar in the area will do!
Equipment: Don't forget to wear your Sox hat. New or old doesn't matter, just don't leave home without it!
If you visit Boston during the baseball season, then a trip to see the Red Sox at Fenway Park is a must. Even for a casual baseball fan, it's worth going. The atmosphere at Fenway is electric and is an experience in and of itself.
Because Fenway is the oldest (and smallest) major league ball park, and the fact that the Sox are the reigning champs, tickets can be a little hard to find.
In our case we opted to just try our luck on game day with the scalpers outside Fenway. Most were asking crazy prices for the cheap bleacher seats. A better deal can be had if you are willing to buy the better (but more expensive) seats. We were able to score tickets on the first base line in the Loge Box section. We actually got them for face value ($75 each). The scalper explained that most people are cheap and only want to spend around $50 to buy $29 bleacher seats. As a result, the more expensive seats are a better deal because their face value means most people aren't as interested.
Another tip is to wait close to game time (or even after it starts) before buying as the scalpers will be more desperate to unload what they have left. Once the game starts their tickets are pretty much worthless. At that point they will want to cut their losses.
Even if you are not a baseball fan, everyone should see at least one game in Fenway park. There is a truly unique feel to the park. One of the oldest in the Country, Fenway was built in 1912. The crowd is great and you will have a great time. After the game head next door for a beer at the Cask.
If you visit during the baseball season you absolutely have to go to a game. The atmosphere among the fans and the people in Boston during a home game is phenomonal!
Equipment: The best equipment to bring is an appetite for food and beer, because there will be plenty of those around.
Sure it's small. Sure it's expensive. Sure the seats are a squeeze and the sightlines aren't that great. But so what! This is Fenway Park, the oldest existing MLB stadium in the USA and home of the World Champion Boston Red Sox (man... that still sounds wierd).
The place just oozes history, and it's fun to get there early and just walk around and see it from all different angles. You can wave at the left field foul pole like Carlton Fisk. You can see the famous roll-up door along the left field line where balls always get stuck. You can eat a Fenway Frank (for the price they aren't bad) and have a reasonably priced beer.
Equipment: What NOT to bring - a backpack! Backpacks are NOT allowed in Fenway Park! If you try they will make you check it at the Gold's Gym (and it'll cost you $10!). By the way, you'll hear EVERYONE repeat this rule, but I could have sworn I saw some folks inside the park with backpacks. I wouldn't risk it, though.
RED SOX TICKET GUIDE: Holding only 35,000 fans, all games at Fenway are sell outs. Tickets can be purchased in advance from the Sox website, but availability depends mostly on who they're playing. I saw 2 games vs. Tampa Bay and bought tix through the Sox website a few months in advance and there were PLENTY of seats available. Try to order tickets as far in advance as possible. Also note that, for many of the lesser games, seats are 25% off.
Prices range from $20 for bleacer seats to $70 for field level.
If you have no tickets, there's always the scalpers. Most of them hang out on the bridge (Brookline Ave) just north of the park. There was talk of a crackdown recently, so they may not be so obvious. But they'll be there. There ALWAYS there.
After the game, check out the unlicensed T-shirt vendors outside. Most have shirts for $5-10 and many are homemade jobs that feature derrogatory comments about certain Yankee players, usually insinuating that they are MORE than just teammates! They are extremely insulting and often quite hilarious!
When you're in Boston, you must go to Fenway Park. It's one of the most historic and beloved ballparks in America and seeing the Red Sox play there is an amazing experience.
Fenway Park opened on April 20, 1912. Some of the best baseball players of all time, including Cy Young and Babe Ruth played here. While there have been renovations over the years, it's evident that this is an old stadium. Inside, the park, it's not glamorous. But Red Sox fans love their team and watching a game with them is a ton of fun. Start out by hanging out on Yawkey Way, which runs along the side of the park. Have a Fenway Frank and a beer. Then, enjoy the game and that "green monster" in left field.
Just a tip-- don't wear any Yankees or New York gear to a game here. The locals are not going to take that kindly. Come prepared to root for the Sox.
Parking near Fenway is a huge hassle. It's expensive, congested and often hard to get a spot. You should definitely come to the park on the T (the subway).
Tickets for the Red Sox can be really expensive. Games are generally sold out and if you haven't bought tickets far in advance, you may have to scalp them outside the park. You should probably expect to pay upwards of $50 a ticket outside the park.
If you can't get into a game, take a tour of Fenway. Tours start at the Souvenir Store across Yawkey Way every hour, seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults, $9 for seniors and $8 for children. Fenway Park Tours Hotline: 617-226-6666 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Watching the Red Sox at Fenway is a treat for any baseball fan. Fenway is the oldest stadium in the country and is tiny compared with the new stadiums that are going up. The benefit is that you are much closer to the game in Fenway than in other sites.
Boston Fans are, well, Fanatical about the Red Sox and it's almost as much fun watching the fans as it is the game.
Equipment: Bring cash for food, beer, and souvenirs. Take along your camera for some pictures of the park.
There is no way you can call yourself a true baseball fan unless you have made the trip to Boston and watched a game at Fenway Park.
Without a doubt, I first must say that Red Sox fans are truly the most dedicated and enthusiastic fans in all of baseball. I have been to several ballparks across the country, and never before have I witnessed such fan support. It was amazing to see the sellout crowd on a Tuesday night....you really don't see that in many other stadiums.
Anyhow, as far as the ballpark goes....it really was amazing. We had seats in the outfield bleachers (and NO, there really aren't bleachers out there...they have individual seats). So for anyone who has never been to the stadium but is turned off by bleacher seating, know that in Fenway there are no true "bleacher" seats.
The one thing that stunk about our bleacher seats is that no beer man came around selling beer to the outfield bleachers, which meant that we had to get up several times to by beer from a stand inside the concourse.
Tickets are hard to come by.....the only seats offered on the team website were in "obstructed view" areas. You'll also find that prices for the game skyrocket. We actually paid almost $10 over face value for each ticket through a ticket broker. Good luck bidding for them on ebay...prices were almost doubled!
Traffic appeared to be a complete mess around the Fenway park area, so we decided to take the subway like so many people recommended to us. It was really simple and cheap, but after the game, the train was packed full! It still was way better than driving.
Fenway Park is a must see for any baseball fan. The stadium is a classic. The Green Monster is unforgettable. And the fans are the most enthusiastic in baseball. Throw in the chance to see Pedro pitch, and you've got yourself one unforgettable night of baseball.
Fenway Park's legendary Green Monster is the left field wall. Boys with gloves stand on Landsdowne St. and wait to catch any ball that comes over the wall.
Last season, to accomodate more fans, the new owners added new seating and dining areas. The new Monster Seats sit high on the wall, adding a new perspective to the game. With towering Coke bottles at the base of the lights, the new section has given a new look to the park. And the view of them from the street is almost scary!
I live two blocks from Fenway, and feel its curse. I enjoy hearing the national anthem, and the cheers from a homer, through my window, but the streets are filled with drunken fans after every home game. AT least I don't have a car, because the parking is a nightmare.
Fenway Park opened in 1912, and is America's oldest major league park. It is very small by today's standards. John Updike called it "a lyric little bandbox of a ballpark", and that is an apt description. When talk got out years ago that the owners were going to build a new stadium, the fans went crazy. There is now a strong Save Fenway organization to preserve it. Many plans have been offered, but to date the park still stands proud.
Going to a game at Fenway is a great experience. Because it's so small and compact, you really feel involved in the game. Of course, you are sitting on top of other people!! Forget about the $5 warm beers, and the over-priced food, and enjoy the day!
You can take a tour of the park year-round, Monday to Sunday 9-4.
Baseball and Fenway go hand in hand. Boston is proud of Fenway park.
To an outsider with little knowledge of baseball the stadium looks old.
But even the inexperienced know the place has history behind it.
Even if you can get tickets to the game. Take a walk aorund on a game day. The vibe of the place is awesome.
Can't get tickets to see the Sox? About 10 minutes north of Boston in Lynn the North Shore Spirit Baseball team plays all summer long. They are an independant league baseball team and the games are lively and entertaining. Not to mention the cheap tickets. The accomadations are wonderful for the price and the atmosphere is friendly. Come Catch The Spirit in Lynn Mass!
I grew up in New Jersey a Yankee fan... then I moved to Boston and lived just one mile away from Fenway Park, home of the Boston Red Sox. Now I don't get into the crazy rivalry that goes on, but I just wanted to say that if you are traveling to Boston from the NYC area, and you are usually a vocal Yankees fan... do your best not to rub it in everyone's face while in Boston. Sure, you want to represent your hometown, but do you really want to get into a bar fight on your vacation? I've seen it happen. It IS possible to see a game in Fenway Park (which i highly recommend as a really good time) without getting in a fist fight with a local bostonian. You will hear lots of comments, just let it go!!
Catch a baseball game at Fenway Park. More than any other sports venue in Boston, the Boston Red Sox capture the hearts and passions of the city's citizens and the pleasure of many tourists who want to experience one of baseball's oldest stadiums. The seats may be uncomfortable and you may be seated behind a steel support column, but nothing beats the moments in Fenway when the Red Sox play their age old rivals the New York Yankees and manage to score off the beloved Green Monster, the wall marking the edge of left field. Red Sox fans border on fanatical, and are a colourful and interesting sight...a way to experience the working-class zeal of much of Boston without leaving the central city.
FOr all the Sox fans out there or simply for those who want to see a game of baseball, you should see it in Fenway Park, now the US's oldest, and smallest, ballpark. Last year there were rumours thatit would be torn down and a few acres of Boylston Street would be taken up for a bigger "better" Fenway Park.
However, fortunately by some quick thinking by local activists, historic Fenway Park was saved and instead more seating was added on - the Green Monster seats. If you see a game at the Fenway, make sure its in the Green Monster seats - they offer a great view and saved the park as we know it.