Yup. Title says it all. This was my second major league ball park on my tour of them all. And I must say it is a dump. But lets be honest. Its not nearly as bad as Wrigley in Chicago.
I have seen a few games here and will continue to come back to pisss off the local faithful.
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.
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 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!!
Head down to Fenway Park where the Boston Red Sox play. Coming from New York to Boston University (which is loaded with New Yorkers), it was/is fun to root against the BoSox and for the Yankees (although the Mets always get my cheer against the Yankees).
Fenway Park is home to the Green Monster in left field - a thirty foot wall making it super-hard to hit homers. It is also one of the oldest remaining stadiums in the US with a manual scoreboard at the bottom of the Green Monster.
The cheapest seats are $20 for bleachers, making the park also one of the most expensive to go to. BIG TIP: DON'T BRING A BACKPACK. They don't allow them in the park, and you'll have to check it at the Gold's Gym across the street for $10. Too much.
I go more for the hot dogs than the homers though. Also, be mindful of the following: Babe Ruth played for the Red Sox until 1920, when he was sold to the Yankees. The Sox haven't won a world series since, while the Yankees have won around 1/4 of all the world series since.
My very fist professional baseball game that I went to see was at Fenway Park. My friend Tim took me as part of my going away gift. This is a great place to watch a game due to it's Giant Green Wall, aka the Green Monster. One of the best games to go see here are games versus the NY yankees. Be prepared if you are a Yankee fan in Red Sox territory, these Red Sox fans are brutal. You may get lynched if you wear your Yankee garb.
Fenway is a must see if you're a baseball fan or not. You can tour the park 7 days a week 9 am to 4 pm. Tours last an hour and you can take pics. Like most things in Boston, the park is living history and you can't help but get caught up in it. The only drawback for me was the gouging in the souvenir shop. I mean $75 for a hoodie! Come off it already. Better to get your souvenirs online or anyplace else than here. But the tour of the park ($12) is a bargain and the guides really give you your money's worth. They are perky and knowledgeable and really seem to enjoy telling visitors about the park. If you go during the summer, be prepared. Take a water bottle. The tour starts at the top of the park. you will walk 9 levels to get there. But the reward is sitting in the press box! Yippeee and gazing out to the Green Monster; a beautiful sight to behold indeed! After the tour stop by Boston Beer Works for lunch right across the street. Who knows maybe Big Papi will drop by!
Equipment: Wear comfortable walking shoes and loose clothing. You will be walking a lot! This is not the place for small, cranky children!
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!
I am not kidding when I say Beantown is fanatical about the Red Sox. I don't really follow baseball that closely, unless it's the Giants, and even there, my enthusiasm has dwindled since the Giants gave up JT Snow. But back to the Red Sox -- I can't really tell you much about them. Are they any good?
Of course, now that JT Snow plays for the Red Sox, I guess I'd better start following them...
In Boston, it is not a good idea to let it be known that you don't follow the Red Sox. In fact, don't even let it be known that you have plans to do anything in the evening other than go to/watch a Red Sox game. Boston is a place where there are only two kinds of people (despite its reputation for diversity) -- Red Sox fans and everyone else. However, Bostonians think that the Red Sox fans account for 99% of the population of the entire world, and everyone else comprises the 1% and are just plain idiots, particularly if they are Yankees fans.
We made big points with our bellhop when we said we hoped we got a good view of Fenway Park from our hotel room. After that, we got fantastic service - every wish was granted.
The Boston Red Sox have probably the most devoted fans in baseball. This is somewhat amazing when you consider that until they won the World Series in 2004, they had not won the championship for 86 years. That is true fanaticism. Possibly for the fact that they play in the oldest, smallest and most distinct stadium in baseball, Fenway Park, is a large part of the reason for passionate following. Tickets here are the most expensive in baseball but team sells out virtually every game. They have be bought on line or ordered by phone and only a few are available on gameday. These are sold at 5pm and there is usually a long line up for them.
One of the reasons that I timed my trip to Boston for the weekend of July 13, 2007 was that my local baseball team, the Toronto Blue Jays, were playing the Red Sox in Boston. I wanted to see a game. I realized that I had little chance have getting a ticket at cost so I bought one from a scalper. The ticket was on the 3rd base line and slightly obstructed. The fans are incredibly noisy and obsessive. They do not put up with you cheering for the other team, so try not to.
The stadium is quite atmospheric and there is a party like feel to attending the game. This is a true family affair. It is famous for a novelty of design, that being the Green Giant, a high wall in left field that "makes up" for the shallowness of the outfield. One street outside, Yawkey Way, is blocked off and is full of concessions and beer swelling fans. There are many sports pubs and restaurants nearby. Fenway Park itself is the loudest place I have ever watched a baseball game. There are a few problems with see a game here. The fans can get rawdy and even obnoxious. There are few washrooms in the concession area and the food was of poor quality and sold and ridiculous prices. My biggest problem was that I could barely fit into the seat and I am not that large. Still overall seeing the Red Sox is a must-see for visitors to Boston and is something you should consider even if you do not like baseball.
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.
Though generations have come and gone, Fenway Park remains, much like it did the day it opened on April 20, 1912.
The home of the Boston Red Sox resounds with the echoes of great baseball players: Cy Young, Babe Ruth, Jimmy Collins, Duffy Lewis, Tris Speaker, Harry Hooper, Joe Cronin, Bobby Doerr, Johnny Pesky, Ted Williams, Jimmie Foxx, Carlton Fisk, Jim Rice and Carl Yastrzemski, to name just a few.
Fenway Park is actually the second home for the Sox. In 1901, the Boston Americans became one of the charter members of the fledgling American League. The Americans played ball at the Huntington Avenue Grounds, now a part of Northeastern University's campus.
Boston Globe owner General Charles Henry Taylor, a Civil War veteran, bought the team for his son John I. Taylor in 1904. At various times were called the Puritans, Pilgrims and Plymouth Rocks. In 1907, owner Taylor changed the club's name from the Pilgrims to the Red Sox. In 1910, tired of the leasing arrangement for the Huntington Avenue Grounds, Taylor announced that he would build a ballpark for his Red Sox. Taylor dubbed the new ballpark Fenway Park because of its location in the Fenway section of Boston.
The Fenway Park is one of the greatest Baseball stadiums in the USA and home of the Boston Red Sox - World Champions 2005.
Watching a game is an absolute MUST if you visit Boston during the Baseball season (Mid April till End October). It's good to order tickets in advance on the net or via telephone, because the Bostons LOVE their team and nearly every game is sold out.
Watching Baseball is always great, but watching Baseball in Fenway Park is an experience of it's own...
Equipment: A Red Sox-Baseball hat is good to show your ambition and not being taxed by the fans. If you don't have one - no problem: there are thousands of shops and stand to buy clothes and souvenirs inside and outside the stadium!
A warm jacket could ne a good choice if you come in September / October. It can get cold in the evenings.
It's allowed to carry photo or video equipment inside the Ballpark as well as a bag or bagpack. But all bags are controlled and bringing drinks and food inside is forbidden (only small water bottles allowed). But you get food and drinks inside, don't worry...
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.
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.
Boston is a great (if not jinxed) sports town. Pro teams include:
National Football League: New England Patriots
Major League Baseball: Boston Red Sox
National Hockey League: Boston Bruins
Natonal Basketball Association: Boston Celtics
Major League Soccer: New England Revolution
I've lived in Philly since July of 2004 and it's a great sports town too, but the enthusiasm in Boston for their beloved Red Sox (the baseball team) is like nothing I've seen anywhere else.