Fenway Park - Boston, Massachusetts - More than just a Baseball Field


Fenway Park is a baseball park, near Kenmore Square in Boston, Massachusetts. Located at 4 Yawkey Way, the park has served as the home stadium of the club's baseball team, Boston Red Sox, since it opened in 1912 and is the oldest stadium in Major League Baseball currently in use. It is the only ballpark of the original standards that are still in use today.

Due to the limited age and location of the park in an urban neighborhood next to the large campus of the University of Boston, the park has had many renovations and additions in recent years not originally planned for. This resulted in unique and peculiar architecture and landscape which was known as "the Triangle "," Pesky Pole" and especially the famous Green Monster in left field.

Fenway Park is known for hosting dedicated Red Sox fans, so-called "Red Sox Nation. Every Red Sox home game since May 15, 2003, has been sold, in 2008; the park sold its 456th consecutive game the Red Sox, breaking a record in the majors. Fenway Park has also been the site of other sporting and cultural events, including professional football games for the Boston Redskins and the Boston Patriots, concerts and political campaigns.

On 15 May 1999 then CEO of the Red Sox, John Harrington, announced plans for a new Fenway Park to be built near the existing structure. It should have the same dimensions in the field, are a green monster, basically a replica of the existing fleet, but was upgraded to replace some of the features of old Fenway Park. Some sections of the old Fenway Park would be preserved (mainly the original Green Monster and the third base side of the park) as part of the new overall design. Most of the old park would be demolished to make room for new development, with a section that is at the home of a baseball museum and a public park.

This was a very controversial idea, as most fans consider Boston area sports Fenway Park to be sacred ground, and demolition of the old park that have caused significant distress. Various groups emerged, such as "Save Fenway Park" to try to block the move.

All parties discussed for several years about the details of the new stadium. One plan even involved the construction of a "Sports Megaplex" in South Boston, where a new Fenway Park would be located next to a new stadium for the New England Patriots. The Patriots ultimately built a new stadium in Foxboro, and that the plan was abandoned. Even after several more rounds of discussions, the Red Sox could not reach an agreement with the city of Boston for a new stadium. In 2005, the group owning the Red Sox announced that the team would remain at the current Fenway Park indefinitely.

Before the 2008 season, Fenway Park's capacity was increased to 39,928, where it remains for additional renovations following the 2009 season, Fenway representation as the smallest room, behind the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum, Tropicana Field and PNC Park. Renewal before the 2009 season now allow the Sox to sell tickets for about 350 more each game, although the official capacity has not increased.

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