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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.
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If the Boston Red Sox are playing, go and check out a game... even if you do not like baseball, it is a great experience. The fans are some of the best in the US so the stadium has a great vibe throughout the game.
We did not have tickets before the game, we just went to the stadium to the non-scalper zone (an area where fans with extra tickets sell them officially) and picked up great tickets for $10 each instead of $27.
tour of Fenway 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.
Red Sox baseball game at Fenway Park
Red Sox baseball game at historic Fenway Park. This photo is from the 2002 Opening Day. I had taken a weekend trip to Dallas and had just flown back to Boston the morning of 2002 Opening Day. When I got into work around noon, one of my co-workers handed me a free ticket to the game, which was starting in an hour...I love spontaneity.
Fenway is one of the few old baseball parks left in America and has not changed much since it opened in 1912. With an incredible history, a game at Fenway takes one back to early days of baseball and great players like Ted Williams, Cy Young and Babe Ruth. In 1947, the legendary “Green Monster” was created when the all the advertisements on the left field wall was painted over with green paint. The official Red Sox website has a great narrative on the history of Fenway (http://boston.redsox.mlb.com/NASApp/mlb/bos/ballpark/bos_ballpark_history.jsp). Over the past few years there has been a lot of talk around Boston about replacing Fenway Park with a new ballpark as so many other cities have done. So, Fenway’s time may be limited as well as your chance to experience this truly great old ballpark. If possible, try to catch a Red Sox - Yankees game. The heckling the Boston crowd gives their New York counterparts is an experience in and of itself and one that demonstrates just how old the rivalry is between the Boston and New York baseball clubs.
Home of the Red Sox and the Heart of Boston
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!
See a Red Sox game.
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.
Go see a baseball game at...
Go see a baseball game at Fenway Park. There is so much history in this building. The game I saw was Boston vs the Yankees. It was a perfect game up until the second to last pitch.
100 years of baseball history in one building.
Going to Fenway Park; home to...
Going to Fenway Park; home to the Boston Red Sox. I had been waiting years to see Fenway Park after watching many games and the 86' World Series at Fenway.
This is the old style baseball park of the 1920's. You can feel the classic baseball that was played here. Being in the park let's you understand briefly what it felt like to live 50-80 years ago.
This was the view from the...
This was the view from the Right Field seats that I had when the Red Sox played the Yankees.
Boston has some of the greatest fans in the country. It was great to see how well they support their teams and get excited for the Red Sox. Someday, maybe they can beat the Yankees. . .
Here is a pretty good view of...
Here is a pretty good view of Fenway Park. Note the Green Monster on the far right. This is the huge wall that looms over left field. If the batter hits the ball far enough, the ball goes flying in the street below.
After being at Fenway, I got a good idea of how hard Mark McGwire was hitting the ball in the All-Star game 2-3 years ago. Now that would have been impressive to see live.
The Yankees' greatest rival, the Boston Red Sox call Fenway their home. This is truly hallowed ground for a true baseball fan. It's one of the oldest parks in baseball and is very unique in its design with its famous 'green monster' (enormous wall in left field) and its oddly shaped outfield perimeter. I checked the Red Sox schedule a few weeks before I came to Boston hoping they'd be in town, but unfortunately they were playing a three game series in New York! This photo was taken from the Prudential Skywalk without a zoom lens so you'll have to click on it to really see the stadium.
Go watch the Boston Red Sox...
Go watch the Boston Red Sox play baseball if it's the season. If you can, watch the Yankees play when they come to town.
Try sitting in the bleachers by right field. Lots of homeruns, good conversations, can get a bit rowdy. Expect 'Yankees Suck!' chants even if the Yanks are not playing that day. Bostonians love their Sox and the games are always packed. A definite must go for one or the family!
Fenway Park. If you are a...
Fenway Park. If you are a baseball fan, you need no further beckoning to see Fenway. Even if you're not a baseball fan, it is still worthwhile to take in a Red Sox game. Here's why: A game at Fenway is as much a cultural experience as it is a sporting event. Fenway is the oldest Baseball Park in the major leagues, built in the middle of a honest-to-goodness neighborhood. The streets close on game day, giving vendors room to set up shop as fans fill the streets. Take my advice and buy a bag of fresh-roasted peanuts before you enter the park. Inside the park, you will be cramped, crowded, and warm. You will also be looking at the field where Babe Ruth pitched, where Ted Williams hit .400, and where Carlton Fisk waved his famous home run fair. You will also be surrounded by knowlegdeable, compassionate fans (in contrast to most 21st century corporate sports crowds). The Red Sox a part of Boston's social fabric and, hence, are a must see in this city.
Boston Red Sox Bullpen
One good thing if you want to go to fenway park is that besides having it's own MBTA Subway Station (Yawkey) is that it has it's own Hop On Hop Off Trolley Stop. You can also dine or drinks at the various restaurants and pubs and bars lining the vicinity of this famous Baseball Park. AND If you are a fan of the Boston Red Sox (or Red Sucks as the New York Yankees would say) then you can either watch a live ball game at fenway park or take the tour of fenway park or just take pictures and selfies around the park and on the famous bronze statues of Famous Boston Players along Yawkey Way. The Public One Hour tours cost $ 17 for adults and $ 12 for children and $ 14 for Seniors and $ 12 for students or military.
fenway park tours are from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm everyday
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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.
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