The Boston Red Sox bill Fenway Park as “America’s Most Beloved Ball Park,” and they may be right. Still going strong after over 100 years in use, no ballpark has been more honored in film, literature, and song than Fenway Park. With its numerous quirky angles and unique features, Fenway Park is often imitated, but never duplicated. Fenway’s old-school charms consistently rank it near the top of any ballpark aficionado’s list, and it has become one of the biggest tourist attractions in the city of Boston in its own right.
Despite its age, Fenway Park has undergone frequent renovations over the course of its long and illustrious history, keeping it modern and ensuring its viability into the next century. The team on the field has kept pace, winning three World Series championships in the 21st century. No other ballpark in the nation does a better job of mixing historical aspects with modern amenities. Suffice it to say that Fenway Park is one venue that any baseball fan should visit at least one in their lifetime.
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As any self-respecting Sox fan will tell you, no trip to Fenway Park is complete without first sampling the wares of the many vendors who set up shop around the ballpark. These carts offer a variety of products ranging from sausage and pepper sandwiches, hot dogs, and cheesesteaks to grilled chicken, peanuts, and assorted beverages. Prices are generally a bit cheaper than what you would pay inside the park, and the quality is better. These private vendors can be found at locations all around Fenway Park.
While there are several different gates at which fans can enter Fenway Park, the majority of fans will enter the ballpark via gate A or gate D onto Yawkey Way. Modeled after Eutaw Street in Baltimore, the street is closed during game days and utilized as a place for fans to gather before the game and enjoy the Fenway atmosphere. Although technically outside of the ballpark, several concession stands are located here, offering some of the more unique items you will find at Fenway Park.
El Tiante's Grille features sausages, hot dogs, and Cuban sandwiches. On certain nights, Red Sox legend Luis Tiant shows up at the stand to sign autographs. Summertime Grille offers sausages, cheesesteaks, and footlong hot dogs. The Fenway Fish Shack is the place to go for fish sandwiches or lobster rolls. The Taste of Boston stand rotates local restaurants throughout the season. Younger fans will gravitate towards Wally's Favorites, where they can purchase cotton candy or lemonade, among other treats.
If the food on Yawkey Way doesn't do it for you, there are concession stands located throughout the park. Standard ballpark fare can be found throughout the park, from the overrated Fenway Frank to chicken tenders, nachos, sausage sandwiches, Papa Gino's pizza, and burgers. Fans looking to soothe a sweet tooth can find numerous ice cream stands, along with popcorn, peanuts, and cotton candy. Those not partaking in adult beverages would be wise to check out a souvenir sized soda. For $8.00 you get unlimited refills, making this potentially the best bargain in the ballpark.
Fans looking to eat healthier will be pleased to find numerous healthy choices dotting the menu throughout the ballpark. Deli stands offer fresh wraps, melts, and salads, and there are gluten-free stands, which offer pizzas, hot dogs, and baked goods for those fans requiring such an alternative. If you are looking for menu items off of the beaten path, Legal Seafood clam chowder, sushi, burritos, and vegetarian options are available throughout the ballpark.
Fenway Park boasts a wide selection of beer, with Sam Adams and Budweiser the featured beverages. Fans looking for a wider variety will be pleased to find many different brands widely available at stands throughout the park. Craft beers, premium beers, as well as many national brands can be found all around Fenway to quench any thirst. Beware, beer prices at Fenway are among the highest in the Major Leagues, with small beers starting at $7.25.
While Fenway Park is notorious for its high prices, all concession prices have remained the same for the 2015 season. Fans looking for a traditional Fenway Park eating experience should definitely try a sausage and pepper sandwich from one of the street vendors outside the ballpark. Once inside Fenway, nothing says New England like a lobster roll and a cold Sam Adams.
It's hard to top the game day atmosphere at Fenway Park, which has become one of Boston's top tourist destinations regardless of whether or not the Sox are in town. Fans flock from all corners of New England to spend an afternoon or evening at the ballpark, as do travelers from afar. Taking in a game at Fenway is a must-do for anyone traveling to Massachusetts.
Fenway Park opens its gates 90 minutes before first pitch, but the buzz around the ballpark begins much earlier than that. Fans fill the numerous eating establishments lining Landsdowne and Boylston Streets long before game time, enjoying a pregame meal or an adult beverage or two. Vendors set up shop at various points around the ballpark, and crowds mill around the various souvenir shops in the area.
Yawkey Way is closed off to public traffic at this time, and comes alive when the gates open. The air is filled with aromas from the concession stands as well as sounds from the bands that frequently play on Yawkey Way on game days. Younger fans will be drawn to the antics of Big-League Brian, who walks on stilts playing catch and interacting with the kids, as well as the face-painting and fast pitch booths located here. Older fans may gravitate towards the booth where the NESN or ESPN crews broadcast their pregame shows. Also located on Yawkey Way is perhaps the largest souvenir store in the majors.
Fans can enter Fenway Park from a number of locations, and it is here that the millions of dollars that the ownership team has invested in the park first show dividends. Longtime Sox fans can tell you all about how cramped, dark, and dank the concourse used to be. Fans visiting Fenway today will enter into a wide, bright, and much more modern concourse. Concession and souvenir stands line the concourse, and modern signage is present throughout.
The opening of the Big Concourse in right field has done the most to modernize and relieve the congestion of the concourse. In what was formerly storage area, the Red Sox have created a large open area filled with concession stands, gathering places, and picnic tables. The concourse area is still crowded, especially in certain areas, but it's much improved over what it used to be.
Of course, all this is just a precursor for what awaits fans as they climb the ramps from the concourse to the seating area. First-time as well as long-time visitors to Fenway often stop in awe as they reach the top of the ramp and get their first glimpse of the ballpark. Unfortunately, Fenway Park is a busy, crowded place, with people constantly in motion. The single walkway located about a third of the way up the seating bowl is simply too narrow for stopping to take in the sights. Ushers and fans alike will encourage you to move along. Once you find your seats you can take it all in at a more leisurely pace.
Some Fenway traditions have taken on a life of their own, such as the singing of Sweet Caroline in the middle of the 8th inning, which has been happening on-and-off since the mid-90's, and at every game since 2002. Make no mistake, Boston fans are into the game to a greater degree than just about any other fan base. The atmosphere at Fenway Park is as electric in April as it is in August.
The Red Sox are attempting to make Fenway Park more family friendly for the 2015 season. Children can now enter Fenway Park via their own entrance-Gate K (for kids). From the third through seventh innings Wally's Clubhouse offers a play area. Kid's meals now dot the menus of stands near the Kid's Concourse, an area with giant bobbleheads, an interactive photo booth, activity areas, and the old Fenway bullpen buggy.
Fenway Park takes its name from the neighborhood it is located in. The term "fens" is an Old English term for a marshy area. If you walk a few blocks southeast of the ballpark you will indeed find yourself in the Back Bay Fens, one of these marshy areas.
Today, the Fenway neighborhood is one of the top destinations in Boston, primarily because of the ballpark. The area around Fenway Park is loaded with more restaurants and nightclubs than could possibly be listed here.
Landsdowne Street, located in the shadows of the Green Monster, is packed from one end of the street to the other with some of Boston's most popular nightclubs, such as the House of Blues and Tequila Rain. This street is packed throughout the year with students from the many colleges and universities in the area. The Cask 'N Flagon, named the top baseball bar in the country by ESPN, anchors the street, but visiting fans can sample any number of eateries before or after the game. Fans looking for a unique view of the ballpark should visit the Bleacher Bar, located underneath the center field stands, which features a large window that looks out onto the field.
A block away from Fenway Park beyond right field is Boylston Street, another main road littered with packed restaurants before and after the game. Long-time fans frequent establishments such as the Baseball Tavern, known for their chicken wings, and Jerry Remy's, named for the popular player and broadcaster.
Fans arriving well before game time can find plenty to keep themselves occupied in nearby Kenmore Square, where many shops and yes, restaurants are located. Other popular establishments in the area include Boston Beer Works, known for their craft beers. Be sure to try the Bunker Hill Blueberry Ale.
Fans interested in exploring more than just Boston's baseball scene will find much to do here. Explore the Freedom Trail, a walking trail through the city that links several historical locations, many of them a destination in their own right. Tours of the Boston Harbor are well worth a look, as is Faneuil Hall, a colonial meeting house which has been converted into a shopping and tourist destination. Museums, galleries, and tours of all kinds are located throughout the city, making Boston one of the top tourist destinations in the country.
Red Sox fans are known for their dedication to their team, and they pack Fenway to the rafters game after game. The team had a 10 year long sellout streak end in 2013, but that does not mean that tickets have suddenly become easy to find. If traveling from out of town, be sure to get your tickets in advance, or be forced to pay outrageous ticket broker or scalper prices. Some unused tickets are made available on the day of the game, but it's a gamble as to what prices and what tickets are available from day to day.
Red Sox fans also carry a reputation as some of the most knowledgeable and toughest in the majors. If you come to Fenway sporting the opposition's colors, chances are you will hear some ribbing from the locals. Despite their reputation, most Fenway fans are quite friendly towards opposing fans.
One downside to Fenway Park's popularity is that it has become a place to be seen as well as to take in a ballgame. As a result, the crowd here seems to pay less attention to the game than in most ballparks. The Fenway crowd seems to be in constant motion, with traffic roaming the aisles and concourses throughout the length of the game. Depending on where you sit, this non-stop traffic may be distracting to someone trying to watch the game. If sitting on the end of a row, you may find yourself getting up several times throughout the course of the game.
As anyone who has ever tried to get around the crooked, cramped streets of the city of Boston will tell you, leave your car at home if at all possible. If you must drive to Fenway Park, be sure to give yourself extra time to get where you are going. Any local will tell you about their own favorite method for getting to Fenway, and they will swear that it's the fastest, most efficient way to get there, and that none of the other 4.5 million people in the Greater Boston area know about it. One piece of advice-they are wrong! Simply put, there is no way to get to Fenway Park without hitting some kind of delay along the way. Some days may be better than others, but traffic is a fact of life for Boston drivers, along with construction and crowded streets. If you must drive, take along a guide who knows their way around the city. You are going to need their help. And no, I am NOT going to tell you my secret shortcut to get to Fenway.
The best method for getting to Fenway Park is to take public transportation. The MBTA, or "T," as it is known locally, provides several different methods for baseball fans to get to the game. Most fans will take the subway, as the B, C, and D versions of the Green Line stop at Kenmore Station, located a short five minute walk from Fenway Park.
If traveling from the western suburbs of Boston, take the commuter rail, which stops right across the street from Fenway Park at the Yawkey Station. There are similar trains which travel into the city from the northern or southern suburbs, but which will require a transfer or two on the subway system to arrive at the aforementioned Kenmore station.
If taking a bus is more your speed, Routes 1, 8, 19, 47, 55, 57, 60, 65, CT1, CT2, and CT3 stop within walking distance of the ballpark. Some bus routes even have stops right across the street from Fenway Park.
Renovations that have occurred throughout Fenway Park since the John Henry ownership group took over in 2002 have resulted in improvements in all areas of the ballpark. Although there are still many seats in the park that have obstructed views, or that are facing in the wrong direction, the flow and comfort of the stadium is greater than it has ever been. The vintage 1920's seats in the grandstand are still too small for anyone approaching six feet tall or 200 pounds, but the Red Sox have maximized the space available here with several new, modern seating areas in the upper deck. Concourses are much less congested, and access to bathrooms is much improved. Areas such as the new left and right field party decks offer spectacular views of the ballpark, and are some of the more sought after tickets at Fenway.
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If you are planning to head to Fenway Park in 2015, be resigned to the fact that it is going to cost you. The Red Sox once again lead the majors in average ticket price ($52.34) and overall Fan Cost Index ($337.20) in 2015. Helping to drive up the price of going to a game at Fenway are the highest beer prices in the majors, as well as above average food and souvenir prices. Also inflating the total cost at Fenway Park is parking, which averages $40 in the lots and garages around Fenway, and can run as high as $60 for premium games. Fans willing to walk a distance can cut that cost significantly.
The Red Sox instituted flexible pricing for the 2015 season, meaning that games on weekends or other premium games (i.e. Yankee games) will be more expensive for visiting fans. The Red Sox do offer discounts for groups, students, and the military, and it is possible to save a little money by shopping around.
Luckily, there are ways to save a dollar or two when visiting Fenway Park. First, if you can, take public transportation to the game. A one-way fare on the "T" costs $2.65, and the green line drops you off a block from the ballpark at Kenmore Station. The commuter rail comes even closer to Fenway at Yawkey Station. Second, sample the wares from one of the vendors that line the streets around the ballpark. It is less expensive than eating inside the ballpark, and locals swear that this is the best food you can find around the ballpark anyway. Third, shop around for tickets. There is an incredibly active secondary market for Sox tickets, making it possible for smart shoppers to find the best possible deal out there. Tickets can often be found at or below face value. If you are feeling adventurous, scalpers and ticket brokers are everywhere around Fenway Park.
The sense of history alone at Fenway Park would be enough to warrant a perfect score here, but the Red Sox go above and beyond even their own highly set bar. Banners commemorating Red Sox pennants and World Series championships are present both inside and outside the ballpark. Flags honoring every Hall of Famer to play in Boston line the outside of the park along Van Ness Street. Three statues located outside of Gate B honor Ted Williams, Carl Yastrzemski, Johnny Pesky, Bobby Doerr, and Dom Dimaggio. Red Sox retired numbers are hung along the right field façade and again along the outside of the ballpark.
Fans looking for autographs should be sure to check out Autograph Alley, located in the team store on Yawkey Way. A different Red Sox alumnus is there every day signing free autographs. In addition, the Red Sox honor an alumnus in the EMC Club at every game.
Historical touches abound throughout Fenway Park, starting with the lone red seat in right field commemorating the longest home run ever hit at the ballpark to the plaques located throughout the park highlighting milestones and important features of the park.
Located on the roof of Fenway Park, far removed from the view of most fans, is a secret vegetable garden. Begun in 2015 in partnership with local farms, this 1,800 square foot green area will provide an estimated 4,000 pounds of produce to be used in the EMC Club.
The Green Monster, Pesky's Pole, Sweet Caroline, Fenway Franks, Yawkey Way, the Citgo Sign, Patriots Day, Dirty Water, Fisk's Pole; the list of things to see and do at Fenway Park goes on and on...
Fenway Park is not perfect. It is cramped, crowded, and expensive. You may find yourself sitting behind a pole, or facing the wrong way. Fans used to the creature comforts and amenities present in new ballparks may be sorely disappointed by Fenway's old-school sensibilities. But no ballpark in the majors can match the atmosphere and sense of history present here. Couple that with recent renovations that have brought many 21st century comforts to the ballpark, and Fenway Park is a mix of old- and new-school that cannot be replicated elsewhere.
Simply put, Fenway Park is the standard against which all other ballparks are measured.
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It's hard to know where to begin when talking about Fenway. Oldest park in Major League Baseball? Check. Home to some of the most significant moments in baseball history? Check. Famous landmarks, quirks and hall of famers? Check. Rabid fan base? Check. The list goes on and on. If you've read our previous reviews, you've got an idea of what you're getting with Fenway. If you're a first-time visitor to this page, then suffice it to say that this is a can't-miss ballpark. Despite some imperfections, Fenway remains a classic baseball - no, scratch that - a classic sporting experience. In this review, I'll highlight some of the improvements both in the park and the surrounding neighborhood that only add to the fan experience in 2011.
Fenway Park is a living piece of baseball history. This is a complete must-see for any baseball fanatic - stepping through the gates of Fenway is like taking a step back in time to the days when baseball was a young, fresh sport and stadium construction was not a multi-billion-dollar enterprise. You can almost see the old wool uniforms and taste the crackerjack. However, there's a reason newer parks aren't built like Fenway. While incredible to experience, there are plenty of challenges accessing the stadium and - in case you hadn't heard - it's really expensive to attend. As a newcomer to Fenway, I was able to take a look around the place with a critical but unbiased eye, and this stadium puts up a strong showing despite a few flaws.
Fenway. The name alone is imbued with an incredible mix of history, heartache and, at long last, success. Built in 1912, it is currently the oldest Major League ballpark in operation, narrowly besting Wrigley Field by two years. Despite its age (and in some ways, because of it), it remains one of the best places in the country to watch a game.
The current ownership team of John Henry, Tom Werner and Larry Lucchino has made a commitment to continual improvements of the park during every-off season, and their efforts have paid off as Fenway has added both new seats and amenities that enhance the fan experience further each year.
To me, Fenway is at its best when the weather is cold. That may just be because I love the clam chowder that you can get from Legal Seafoods, or that I think Sam Adams is better with a little nip in the air.
If there was a perfect park- this would be it.
Not that i'm one of those. Eew. Something about that color green is so perfect on a cold April night or a warm summer day. With a beer and a boiled hot dog on a bun that's soggy as heck.
Though I haven't been to too many pro stadiums, Fenway Park thus far is my favorite. Citizens Bank is close, but can't match the history and that "take your breath away" feeling when you first see the field. There is just so much to love about this stadium: the neighborhood, the bar scene, the stadium design and it's quirks, the atmosphere, the monster. Yes, the seats are tight, but I'll trade comfort for atmosphere any day (ex. TD Garden or Boston Garden, which would you rather want to see a game in?). As for the parking...just take the T, it's easy. If you have the chance, try to get to Boston for a game and combine it with some other special parks that their affiliates play in: Pawtucket's McCoy Stadium is 50 minutes away and Portland's Hadlock Field is less than two hours away
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This is the mecca for baseball enthusiasts. The old Yankee Stadium was historical but ugly and lacked atmosphere. Wrigley has the atmosphere but just is a bit behind where Fenway is...the neighborhood around Wrigley has more charm than Fenway though. The fans, just as with Yankee Stadium, can be snobbish at times. Don't drive and definitely take the T.
Every trip to my hometown team's ballpark astonishes me. Just thin of all the great players who have played on this field over an illustrious 100 years.
As a Yankee fan, I must first say it is a small park that fits the number of trophies perfectly. Now that my dig is out of the way, great ball park! You all have a piece of history, enjoy it. Food was great and so were there fans, even with my New York grey jersey leading the way.
Must see stadium. I sat in awe of the "Green Monster" for the longest time. It's one of those iconic things, watching sports on tv, growing up. The place is obviously very old, so bathrooms, concessions and seating are all very subpar compared to other stadiums. Having said that, I can't imagine changing much of anything. The place is amazing and so are the fans. They know they have something special.
A walk through the Fenway area of Boston just west of downtown and you might just walk past its most famous landmark. Amidst a mix of shops, restaurants, office buildings, warehouses and a university, along the southern edge of the I-90 Massachusetts Turnpike near Brookline Avenue, you will find perhaps not only one of Boston’s finest treasures, but one of baseball’s finest treasures, Fenway Park.
Breaking ground in late September 1911 and taking less than seven months to complete in time for the start of the 1912 season, the home of the Boston Red Sox has served the city well for a century. Opening just five days after the Titanic disaster, the new ballpark was christened by the Mayor of Boston and grandfather of John Fitzgerald Kennedy, John “Honey Fitz” Kennedy, when he threw out the first pitch on April 20th. The Red Sox won the game 7-6 in 11 innings against the New York Highlanders, a team renamed the Yankees the following year and a partner in perhaps the fiercest rivalry in sports.
The Red Sox even shared Fenway Park with the Boston Braves franchise, a club which now calls Atlanta and Turner Field, home. In 1914, the “Miracle” Braves performed one of the most memorable reversals in major league history when they went from last place to first place in two months. The team finished first in the National League, winning the pennant by 10½ games over the New York Giants. A four-game sweep of the heavily favored Philadelphia Athletics in the World Series was completed at Fenway Park. After an uneventful 1915 season, the team moved to Braves Field in Boston before moving to Milwaukee in 1952.
Still, the venue belongs to the Red Sox. Nearly twenty-one years after the inaugural season at Fenway Park, Thomas Yawkey entered the Boston sportscape. Born Thomas Austin, he was the grandson of lumber and iron magnate William Clyman Yawkey, who once agreed in principle to buy the Detroit Tigers in 1903, but died before the deal closed. The purchase was eventually closed by Tom's uncle, Bill Yawkey. After his father died, Tom's uncle adopted him and he took the Yawkey name. Bill Yawkey died in 1919, and left his $40 million estate to his adopted son, but a clause in the will forbade him from taking possession of it until he turned 30 years old.
Five days after Thomas Yawkey’s 30th birthday, he closed on the purchase of the Red Sox and Fenway Park for $1.2M as a gift to himself. Upon closing the sale, he quickly made three major changes to improve the ballpark after it had fallen into disrepair. He had the left field seats which had burned in a 1926 fire replaced, added bleacher seats in center and right field and perhaps the most significant change of all, erecting a 37-foot wall in what is now known as The Green Monster, a move largely designed to prevent viewing of live baseball by non-paying fans.
Thomas Yawkey’s wife, Jean, chose the distinct color which appears on the wall claiming she wanted it to resemble as close as possible the color of the lush green grass of Fenway Park. Currently, this color appears not only on the Green Monster, but the surrounding walls and facades and is uniquely named “Fens Green”, a unique shade of the color most associated with Boston due to its Irish roots, which can only be found at Fenway Park.
The Yawkeys, who owned the team and Fenway Park from 1933 to 2002, made many contributions to the city and as longtime stewards of the franchise are forever honored at Fenway Park in a clever way. The next time you get a peek at the lower portion of the Green Monster (a photo of this appears in this review’s photo gallery), take a close look just below the word “AMERICAN” where the first column of scores appears.
There you will see two vertical white bars on opposite sides of this column. As part of these vertical bars, you will find a series of dots and dashes representing Morse code. The left-hand side bar shows the initials TAY for Thomas Austin Yawkey while the right-hand side bar shows the initials JRY for Jean Remington Yawkey. It remains a touching reference to the couple who along with family spent nearly seventy years shepherding Red Sox baseball for Bostonians.
Within the last decade, the Red Sox have risen to greater prominence by contending more frequently than in decades past breaking an 86-year World Series drought in 2004 and then winning a second title three years later. The renewed excitement for this franchise has fueled the longest sell-out streak in baseball which will top 800 by the end of the 2012 season and in 2013 threaten the all-time sports sell-out record in the four major leagues of 814 held by the NBA’s Portland Trailblazers from 1977-1995.
For purposes of this piece, the focus is exclusively on baseball, although Fenway Park has hosted hockey, football and concerts over the years. Attending a baseball game here is an experience like no other so approach it in this manner and allow plenty of time to absorb the experience. It is unique in that over the years, its history has artfully been preserved while modern amenities have been added to satisfy our desire to enjoy our pastime through technology. The ballpark is a myriad of narrow and wide concourses, steep and shallow ramps and unique spaces and crevices loaded with period advertising, unique references and historic artifacts to be read and viewed as a testament to the more than 8,200 games and many thousands of memories.
When you arrive at Fenway Park, you will quickly learn why it is called Baseball’s Most Beloved Ballpark. It’s only major league competition comes from Chicago in what is known as the Friendly Confines of Wrigley Field. Fenway enjoys its own unique place in history, though. Fueled with wildly asymmetrical field dimensions and an array of special ground rules unlike any other ballpark, it stands alone.
On the day you attend the Red Sox game at Fenway Park, abandon any allegiance to their opponent and immerse yourself in old-time baseball and the experience of cheering for the Red Sox. You will be happy you did. In 2012, this gem of a ballpark celebrates its 100th Anniversary, a tribute to its status as a living baseball museum which looks very much today like it did in 1912.
Went for a night time game. Good time besides the fans. Bunch of drunk idiots and I wasn't even cheering for the visiting team.
I've been fortunate enough to attend games in over 100 venues in 10 countries. Whenever anyone asks my favorite stadium, I always want to tell them about some obscure site that no one has never heard of. But I can't. Fenway is the best there is.
A few places come close-ish, but for me, Fenway is the clear winner. It's an icon. It's historic. It's intimate. And it's beautiful.
I don't think the perfect stadium has ever been built, but Fenway comes close.
(It loses fractional points for high ticket prices, some obstructed views, leg room, and parking. But it's still as close to perfect as I've seen. And thankfully, renovations haven't hurt it at all.)
had an awful time
Fenway Park is old, cramped, overpriced, hard to get to, harder to find parking, and half the fans there don't even watch the game. Many of the seats face the wrong way, and plenty more are located behind poles. If you are any bigger than 5'6" and 150 pounds, you won't fit in the seats. Despite all these flaws, there is no other park I would rather go to watch a ball game. Nothing matches coming out of a tunnel and seeing all that perfect green.
Been going to Fenway since I was a kid. It will always be my favorite place to watch a baseball game. When I was in college I found a broken telescope on the top floor of the John Hancock building. By broken I mean it didn't require any coins to see through it. Needless to say I caught a few games up there with a great bird's eye view of the city and the game.
Tickets are expensive, but this is THE best baseball experience in the world. Nobody can question that. Try to avoid sitting behind a pole because it's a lot more fun when you can see most of the field.
Fenway is definitely one of the two great baseball classic cathedrals (along with Wrigley). To sit and watch a game, it's definitely an experience. However, if your intention is to get up and walk around as some baseball travelers do, it's one of the worst parks in baseball. This doesn't take away from the spectacular experience of attending a game at Fenway, but with all the high expectations, it's a gap.
The Boston Red Sox bill Fenway Park as “America’s Most Beloved Ballpark,” and they may be right. Still going strong after over 100 years in use, no ballpark has been more honored in film, literature, and song than Fenway Park. With its numerous quirky angles and unique features, Fenway Park is often imitated, but never duplicated. Fenway’s old-school charms consistently rank it near the top of any ballpark aficionado’s list, and it has become one of the biggest tourist attractions in the city of Boston in its own right.
Despite its age, Fenway Park has undergone frequent renovations over the course of its long and illustrious history, keeping it modern and ensuring its viability into the next century. The team on the field has kept pace, winning three World Series championships in the 21st century. Entire books have been written detailing the history and every nook and cranny of the ballpark. Space restrictions here limit our ability to recount every last detail of the ballpark, but suffice it to say that Fenway Park is one venue that any baseball fan should visit at least once in their lifetime.
I'm from Boston and I rarely get to go to games because the games are so expensive. They used to let everyone in during the 7th inning but they don't do that anymore. It's pretty dirty and there's not to many extra's. The green monster is just a giant wall. You can only go up there if you bought tickets. A lot of stadiums allow you to catch home runs during batting practice but not here. Pretty good atmosphere but other than that the stadium is nothing special.
My wife and I went to Fenway to see a Red Sox/Yankees game in enemy territory and we weren't disappointed. No matter what the records are, the rivalry still means something. The play on the field needs no description. We took a tour of Fenway and, as expected, playfully poked at. It was all in fun and we knew it. But the atmosphere on game day was a sight to behold. The ambience was incredible. The staff were helpful and accommodating. The food was wonderful and reasonably priced.
What an amazing and historic place to watch a game. This is a must visit if you are into sports and especially the history of the game. Really felt special watching a game here and thinking about all the greats that have played on that field and the history that goes with it. Easy to get in and out of the venue and plenty of concessions for an older ballpark.
Fenway a Park is a good place to watch a baseball game. The food is good. They sell beer so that's a plus. The atmosphere is good. Bars are always packed during games and all stores in Boston all have Red Sox stuff. The neighborhood is good. It's not dangerous at all. But watch for all the homeless people begging for money. Fans a good but can be very fair weather. If u ask them did you watch the Red Sox they'll say no they stink. On the plus side though, they had a very long sellout streak and have some good chants. Access is ok. Parking is scarce and the transit system gets really backed up. But it isn't to bad. Tickets are pricey. Bleachers can cost up to $40 but its worth the price. For extras. It's Boston so there's lots of extras
Fenway park is nothing special but it's fun. The food is good and the prices are fair. Atmosphere is pretty good. It's very family friendly and Boston is very supportive of the team. The neighborhood is ok. If you walk around you'll likely see people begging for money. But it's not dangerous. Fans are good but very fair weather fans. They are always loud and almost always get to a near sell out. But if you ask someone if they watched the game the answer is almost always "no they stink". Access can get tough. The mbta is the easiest choice but the trains get super full. Parking is very sparse. Tickets are pretty pricey. But most seats are good so it's worth it. For extras, there is so much stuff to do in Boston. I also recommend taking a tour of Fenway.
Fenway Park is an absolute gem in not only the history of baseball, but in the history of our great nation. It is the most recognizable sports facility standing in our country, if not the entire world.
F&B - One place where Fenway could use improvement is in their food and beverage selection. Beer is pricey and the food is ok at best. Luckily for this ballpark, everything else pretty much makes up for what is unquestionably the ballparks weakest feature.
Atmosphere: Of the five major league ballparks I have been to that are still standing (Yankee Stadium, Citi Field, Citizens Bank Park, Dodger Stadium being the others) Fenway is far and away the best. A place where you can feel the aura the minute you arrive on Yawkey Way. The best food you can buy is outside of Fenway where the atmosphere is indescribably. There is nothing in baseball like game day at Fenway.
Neighborhood: The neighbordhood is safe, it is fun, and it is beautiful. Bars line Lansdowne Street, while the food vendors line Yawkey Way. Kenmore Square is right around the corner, and the Back Bay and Newbury Street are short walks away.
Fans: Sox fans are passionate, loyal and for the most part very intelligent. Unless the Yankees are in town, they tend to be on their best behavior too.
Access: DO NOT DRIVE TO FENWAY PARK!!! Unless you know the neighborhood inside and out, parking is next to impossible. That being said, there are plenty of public transportation options between the T, Commuter Rail and MBTA bus lines.
ROI: The place has been open for 104 years and the Red Sox have abandoned all desire to replace it. Most games are sell outs or near sell outs. The ballpark has been romanticized in film numerous times. It has housed seven Red Sox World Series titles. Legends such as Ted Williams and Carl Yastrzemski have called it home. The Red Sox have gotten and ROI out of this ballpark that most ball clubs dream of.
Extras: The Green Monster, Pesky Pole, Williamsburg, The Triangle, the history. All of Fenway's best extras involve baseball and baseball lore. Not many ballparks can make that claim.
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