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One of the Gems of Baseball Parks
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
Fenway Park, home of the Boston Red Sox and the famous Green Monster, is the oldest baseball stadium in Major League Baseball. It was opened in 1912 and has seen some of the greatest players and greatest moments in baseball history.
Seeing a game here in person is like nothing else in sports. The atmosphere and passion shown by Sox fans are unmatched. Take it all in when you're there. Check out the Monster, the grandstand, the Citgo sign, and walk around to get every possible angle. Just don't go as a Yankee fan.
Ticket prices range from $12 to $75. Try not to get an obstructed view seat. Good tickets are hard to come by. It may be easier to try your luck with a scalper or ticket broker. In any case, get your tickets well in advance. Also, day games and night games have different atmospheres. I prefer night games.
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Boston is a huge sports town. Even if you're not a sports fan, try to get to an event. I gaurantee you will get caught up in the crowd. We have the Bruins for Hockey, Patriots for Football, Red Sox for Baseball (everyone should visit Fenway park if they have a chance.) And the Celtics for basketball. Boston has a working class blue collar history and thats a good way to describe our teams.
Fenway Park should be high on...
Fenway Park should be high on your list, even if you're not a baseball enthusiast. It's the oldest major league baseball stadium in the country, being built in 1912, and unarguably the most venerable. Not so surprisingly, it's small, the facilities are primitive, the seats are uncomfortable, not to mention some sections are blocked by support columns. But ask any Red Sox fan and they'd swear that it's the best stadium in the world. Ask any baseball fan and they'd know what the 'Green Monster' is. You often see on TV rows and rows of empty bleachers at baseball games. Not here, this place is always rocking regardless of whom the Sox is playing; the atmosphere here is oftentimes rowdy and rarely matched anywhere else. This is it, the Mecca of the national pastime where every true fan should pay homage at least once in their lifetime. The Sox hasn't won the pennant in forever, okay since 1918, but this could be their year. I know, everyone said that last year too, but one can always hope.
Go to a Red Sox Game!
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.
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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.
America's most beloved Ballpark
If you are interested in the history but not seeing a game, a trip down Yawkee Way is still great fun. There are reasonably priced tours available inside the ballpark as well. If you go when there is no game then you can walk around the outside of the park, and parking is available in local garages.
World Series Champs 2004
For the sports fan, Fenway Park is a must-see. The atmosphere at a game is really cool, and it's not just about having an old baseball stadium. Red Sox fans are very passionate about their team and so this helps to liven up the game. If you do go to a game, then I would recommend roaming around the stadium to see things from different views. One thing that is different about Fenway is that there are section behind homeplate, first, and third, where fans can stand and watch the game. Be sure to get to the game early and take in the scene on either Landsdowne Street or Yawkey Way before the game. There is a new statue of Ted Williams located just beyond Right Field.
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!
Fenway Park Tour
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.
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Tour and a Game
There are two ways to experience Fenway Park, one of Boston's most recognizable landmarks. The 1st is that you can take a guided tour of the park for $12. This was a lot of fun. While learning the history and traditions of the park you are taken onto the green monster, and even into the press boxes. To take a tour, buy a ticket at the box office. Tours are run by the hour. The next great way to experience Fenway Park is to go to a Red Sox game. Tickets are usually sold out, but if you're willing to pay a considerable extra amount, you wont be disappointed. The vibe of the place is amazing. Tickets can be found online or you can scalp them (i walked by close to 20 different scalpers). Spending part of your day at Fenway Park is a unique Boston experience.
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Baseball at Fenway Park
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.....
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Fenway Baseball Park
Visit the park where the Babe pitched, The Kid hit, Yaz dazzled, and Nomar and Pedro still thrill young fans today. Soak up the rich history; hear the echoes of the past. Touch the Green Monster, imagine being one of the "Knights of the Keyboard" as you see the view from the Press Box, visit the new Red Sox Hall of Fame presented by Volvo, and take a seat in the .406 Club before strolling around Fenway Park.
Tours now leave from the Souvenir Store across Yawkey Way hourly seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. or until three hours before game time, whichever is earlier.
The tours provides fans with a behind-the-scenes look at America's most beloved ballpark. All areas are subject to availability. Tours of the oldest ballpark in Major League Baseball include the press box and broadcast booths; the new Red Sox Hall of Fame Club presented by Volvo; the .406 Club; the Dugout Seats; and Pesky's Pole. When the field is available, fans may also have the opportunity to walk along the warning track and come face-to-face with the fabled Green Monster.
Tickets are $10 for adults, $9 for seniors and $8 for children 14 and younger. All areas are subject to availability.
HISTORIC FENWAY PARK
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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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.
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