The name says it all. One of the few baseball parks still standing without a corporate name. The oldest park in all of baseball, built in 1912 and considered by many as the mecca of baseball. It consistently ranks in the top 3 in a poll of players by Sports Illustrated as their favorite park to play ball. In a day of cushy locker rooms with big screen televisions and other amenities the pros still do appreciate the aura that is Fenway Park.
Possibly near the fate of the former Yankee Stadium of being torn down for a new stadium. Bigger and with more luxury boxes that is pricing middle class fans out. The current ownership tossed out the idea of a new park and instead improved on what is, while retaining everything that is classic Fenway Park.
You don’t have to be a fan of the Red Sox or even baseball for that matter. You don’t go to Rome without seeing the Colosseum, you don’t visit Boston without seeing Fenway (as well as to-do things listed here). Yes, I said it. Unlike many of the new parks in major cities that sit on the outskirts of the city, Fenway is smack in the middle of the hustle and bustle of Boston. The Green Monster and Pesky Pole, not many stadiums have landmarks within a landmark. The smell of perfectly landscaped grass, watered down infield dirt, hot dogs, cotton candy, peanuts and beer, ah. Walk on Landsdowne Street along the Green Monster. Even in the offseason it has a distinct feeling about it.
With this comes a price. Fenway ranks among the top with ticket prices, beer and food, regardless of the teams record. Parking can be a hassle and expensive. Take the T to Kenmore instead if you can. But once you are inside and found your seat you feel what it’s all about. America’s pastime at its best. With microbrews and first class food you can really make a night of it. Fenway Franks are still there and so are the peanut guys calling out their wares. They have increases variety of food to appease all types if tastes.
So if you haven’t been yet and you have a trip to Boston on your list, look at the calendar and time it for a home game. Get on Stubhub or Ace Ticket and get your seats for one of the most storied parks in American History.