Fenway Park – Boston, Massachusettes

General Impression: I’ll start this entry by saying I don’t really like the Red Sox, never have.  Being from New York, it’s kind of ingrained into our psyche I guess; and it’s not that I’m a Yankees fan either, because goodness knows I’m not.  That being said, Jill said it best – Fenway Park is a great place to watch a ballgame, it’s just too bad the Red Sox play there!  The oldest stadium still in use in the major leagues, this place certainly does not show it’s age.  Sure, the sight lines aren’t what those new fangled ballparks offer, and the ‘amenities’ that corporate fans are used to having aren’t there, but this is Boston, and much like it’s compatriot in Chicago (Wrigley Field that is), this is a place where a blue collar baseball fan can come on a Sunday afternoon, get himself/herself a bleacher seat, have a Fenway Frank and Sam Adams, and enjoy America’s game.  Of course, with the recent success by the Red Sox, the blue collar fan has been priced out of Fenway.  That’s why the only games we’ve ever been to here were of the ‘Futures at Fenway’ variety.  Twenty bucks a seat, and both times we were within ten rows of the field.  The concourses are clean and well maintained, with nooks and crannies abounding.  On a ‘quick’ jaunt to snap some pictures during out latest visit, I took one ramp, then the next, and next thing I knew I was at the top of the stadium – literally!  Fenway is quintessential baseball, no different than Wrigley, and an afternoon or evening here is as American as it has been for the past 100 years.

Food and Libations: Numerous stands throughout the lower concourse serve up the usual ballpark fares, including Fenway franks, seafood (this is New England of course), and pizza, as well as chicken fingers, sushi, and the old baseball staple peanuts and popcorn.  In the right field ‘corner’ is a larger food stand(s) area as well.  Beer can be found throughout, and I’m pretty sure it was a cup of Sam Adams suds I had on our most recent trip.  Prices are MLB reasonable.

Parking: Not sure, because as with other MLB stadiums we’ve been to – we took the ‘T’.  A $2.00 fare and quick jaunt around the corner from the Kenmore station and there she sat right in front of us.  There appeared to be various lots around the ballpark in the neighborhood, but one of the signs I saw said “Parking $40.00”.  Yeah, I don’t think so.  Take the train folks.

Programs/Scorecards: Paid $2.00 for one at the main gate, only gave us the lineup for the ‘home’ teams, and we ended up throwing it away on our way out.

Complaints/Gripes: I don’t really have any, save but one which I’ll get to.  The only games we’ve seen here are ‘minor’ league games, so I’d be interested to see what this place is like when the Sawx are playing.  The aisles are tight, as are the seats, but if you go realizing this then there really isn’t anything to complain about.  One complaint I do have though is in regards to ‘information’ that is on the ‘net as well as displayed at Fenway.  On the ‘net, it says gates open two hours prior to gametime; at Fenway, on the fences at the gates, it says 90 minutes; during our latest visit, they opened the gates one hour prior to gametime.  Not acceptable to put one form of information out there, and not stick to it – we would have wasted more time doing something else had we known we wouldn’t be able to get into the park until an hour before gametime (not two hours like the Red Sox website states).

Yes/No/Maybe: Sure, it’s Fenway, it’s classic, and it’s baseball.  Would we go when they were playing say the Yankees or Rays?  Probably not (Yanks tix are too much, and we’re Rays fans so I would hate to go there and cheer against them).  Any other team(s) though, yeah we’d go back.

Pictures: Pictures on Tim and Jill’s Travelogue

This page was created on August 22, 2011.



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