There are few sport venues left in the world that managed to keep their own identity, history and even name. Fenway Park in Boston is one of the only venues left that hasn't been demolished and replaced with a new, state-of-the-art stadium with a new, generic, advertising name of the week, and thank goodness for that. For many of us the wounds from our beloved Boston Garden becoming the Fleet Center, and now the Banknorth Garden, are still fresh. Fenway, which held it's first major league baseball game on April 20, 1912, in which the Red Sox fittingly defeated the New York Highlands (now the Yankees), remains a truly special place for lovers of baseball, history and our state's Capitol. I went to my first Red Sox game at Fenway when I was a freshman in High School in 1986 with the Gloucester YMCA, and no matter how many games I've been to since, I'll never forget that one. Seeing the field in person for the first time, my first Fenway Frank (worth every bit of the hype) and watching the Sox up close. Amazing! Much has been, and will be, written and said about Fenway Park, but it is truly a place you must see in person and experience for yourself.
ALTHOUGH I'M NOT A BASEBALL FAN, even I can feel the history and tradition oozing out of the pores of this great old ball park. Just imagine, Babe Ruth played here...in a Red Sox uniform!
Its fun to walk around the stadium and see the taverns and other establishments in the area, and to see the famous "Citgo" sign that is in the background of so many pictures of Fenway. And of course you cannot miss seeing the "Green Monster", that one-of-a-kind outfield wall.
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They call it Fabulous Fenway sometimes, which will probably come as a surprise to some of those used to more luxurious modern US baseball parks! However, there is much history (of heartbreak and victory) crammed in here that it makes up for the cramped and creaky conditions.
The Red Sox have been playing here since 1912, which makes it the oldest ballpark currently in use; indeed, with a vogue for new ballparks in the 80s and 90s, there aren't too many of the more historic grounds left.
That's the reason that so many people want to see Fenway Park preserved - despite the economic arguments sometimes advanced for moving to a bigger ballpark next door, which would, allegedly, put the team in a position to acquire even more stars. That said, Fenway has one of the best attendance records in baseball: despite having won the World Series only once since 1918 (and what a win it was), the Red Sox manage to sell out almost every evening. Indeed, for the last three seasons you can barely get a ticket for love or money, and that's despite the fact that there are 81 home games a season.
The new management team (which arrived in 2002) has made an effort to use the space as best they can, putting in a new concourse for vendors which is a big improvement, as well as the (justifiably) famous Green Monster seats, definitely an experience worth the extra dollars. The small size definitely adds something to the intimacy of the experience, and may accounts for the intensity of Red Sox fans, among whom we number ourselves!
Fenway Park is my favorite sports stadium in America. From its opening on April 20, 1912 to today, the greatest ball players have trotted its base paths, made diving stops in the infield, and misplayed balls off its infamous 37 foot-tall left field wall dubbed the "Green Monster". Over the years, the park has changed little, and as a fan you can really tell. It feels like you are stepping back in time for a few hours when you attend a game at Fenway.
I have been to several games here, often taking advantage of the cheap seats such as the standing-room only areas, the obstructed view seats, and the rooftop seats. No matter where you sit, it's sure to be fun...especially if the Yankees are in town!
Go see a game at Fenway Park before they replace it with a newer park. I went and saw a game in the summer of July 2001 with Derek, a huge baseball freak ! We managed to scrounge up a pair of standing room tickets. I remember my feet being in sooo much pain from walking all over Boston. Thank God I found an empty seat, otherwise, I would have died from standing so long. I was lucky because I think it was the only empty seat left in the house because the game was totally sold out! I don't know how Derek stood for as long as he did.....
See my detailed description under "Sports". If you can't make it to Fenway for a Red Sox game but are a baseball fan, Fenway now offers guided tours which are very cool. Gives you an inside look at America's oldest ballpark. I believe tours are available on days the Red Sox are not in town.
Last summer my wife tooks some friends to Boston for the weekend. Had a great time going to a Redsox game and shopping at Quincy Market. I just wanted to share my pictures and tell you if you ever get a chance it is not that expensive and can be a lot of fun for the entire family. We took a tour of the USS Constitution.
If you are in Boston and the Red Sox are home, you shouldn't miss a chance to see a game. This is true even if you don't like or understand baseball -- even if you're from one of those countries where cricket passes as a summer sport. That's because Fenway is one of the oldest (built in 1912) and best places to see a Major League Baseball game. Not that it's comfortable -- it's not. But it's intimate and brings you back to your childhood, even if that childhood was before World War I. It has the fabled "Green Monster" in left field and nooks and crannies all over the place. Since the Red Sox have been contenders recently, getting tickets can be difficult, but you can find scalpers on the streets for most games.
Unfortunately, the Sox were out of town when we were in Boston this time (ironically, they were visiting Baltimore). But we have been to Fenway at other times and it is a must-do.
I wasn't a red sox fan before this game but after going to a game and feeling the great energy and spirit of the crowd I sort of wished I was. Fenway park is an intimate setting which seats about 35,000 and has been sold out for the last 187 games, so seats are still available but you'll probably have to get them from a place like stubhub.com. Since the stadium is smaller even the seats we had in the bleachers were pretty good the people around us were friendly even knowing we were tourists. Go red sox!
If you have a chance to take the Fenway Park tour - do it! It costs $12, and you get a tour of the entire park. It's interesting to see the field from all the different seating sections (there truly are no bad seats). Also of interest is the history of the park as explained by the tour guide. Being the oldest park in the major leagues, Fenway has allot of history.
On some tours, you are able to walk along the warning track on the field. Unfortunately, because we went a few hours before game time, we didn't have this option. Be advised that if you do go on a game day the last tour of the day is a little shorter (45 mins instead of an hour), but the trade off is that the you get to watch some of the Red Sox batting practice from up close.
Any baseball fan has heard of glorious, old Fenway. In 2004 the Red Sox finally won the World Series and all of Boston rejoiced. Even before the Sox broke the "curse of the Bambino" (something I personally thought was bunk) Fenway was selling out nearly every day. It's a great place to see a ballgame if you can get tickets. Show up on game day and try for bleacher seats.
Fenway Park is one of the last old-time baseball parks in the country. Even Yankee fans enjoy watching games at Fenway. Famous for trading away players that would go on to become baseball legends, Boston Red Sox history reads like a comedy of errors (see http://www.soxsuck.com. But the fans love them anyway, and they especially love their ballpark.
Update: The curse of the Bambino has been lifted! Supposedly Babe Ruth cursed the Boston Red Sox when they traded him to the Yankees. The Sox never won a World Series championship after that. Until now. In the Fall of 2004, the Sox and the fans rallied together to win their first World Series championship since 1918. Boston will never be the same!
In Spain you must see a bullfight; in Brazil you must see a futebol game; in Boston you must see a Sox game.
We were at the ballpark before the 2004 Redsocks ended "The Curse of the Bambino. The curse supposedly stems from when Babe Ruth ("The Bambino") was sold as a rookie by the Sox to the New York Yankees in 1920, and couldn’t repeat its 1918 World Series win afterwards. The park was built in 1912, the same year that the Titanic sunk Fenway is one of the smallest parks in the major leagues, but it's one of the most loved, despite its oddball dimensions and the looming left-field wall, otherwise known as the Green Monster . The 37-foot-tall wall in left field is as much a symbol of this city as the Boston Marathon or 'Cheers.' And like Yankee Stadium's bleachers, Wrigley Field's ivy-covered brick wall and Toronto's skyboxes, the hovering mass of green is a Major League icon as well. The dimensions of the park are also small by today's standards -- just 302 feet down the right field line -- and the wall is full of angles and curves, including the only ladder in play in the majors.
Its’ been a long time since I thought of myself as a baseball fan, but being in this old park with their rabid fans was a special treat. The seats are much smaller than the newer parks but it adds to the feeling of comradelier during the game. You can almost close your eyes and picture Ruth on the mound (yes Ruth started off as a pitcher and not an outfielder) and true Boston greats like Ted Williams, Carl Yastrzemski and Carlton Fisk.
Due to increased security, the following items are not allowed into Fenway Park: backpacks, coolers, computers, briefcases or containers. Small purses, bags that fit under the seats and diaper bags are allowed, but are subject to inspection (diaper bags must be accompanied by a child of "appropriate age"). Fans are allowed to bring one plastic bottle of water.
While plump, juicy Fenway Franks remain a must-have, popular local restaurants like Legal Seafood’s and Bob the Chef's also sell their chow in Fenway's concourse
One of America's oldes and smallest ball parks, but quite possible the best! The Boston Red Sox finally reversed the curse after 86 years. Fenway is undergowing new construction so that the field drains properly and will be a new state of the art ball park yet it will keep its historic looks. I grew up in New England so naturally I love the Bo Sox and hate the Yanks! Fenway is a must see!!! You may have to reserve tickets early tho since the park is almost always sold out, but in recent years they have added seats on the green monster and everywhere else they can find room in this already cramped ball park.
We took an hour long tour of Fenway for $10US.
Julie was our guide and she was fantastic!
Very informative and interesting, even though I do not watch baseball.
Highly reccommend for the history and entertainment factors.
Too bad when we were there they were re- doing the irigation system and there was no grass.