Destinations: Fenway Park, Boston, Ma.

Located near Kenmore Square in Boston is “America’s most beloved ballpark.” Built in 1912, Fenway Park is the oldest stadium currently used in the Major Leagues and small compared to others. It is the proud home of the Boston Red Sox and the “Red Sox Nation” as their fans are called. At most it can hold 36,298 spectators but during days where there is a game, park of the bleachers are covered to protect batters from the distracting sun. This can reduce the capacity by almost 2,000. The seats are narrow, many dating back to 1934 and the scoreboard is still updated by hand. All this, and the fans that wouldn’t have it any other way. Even the nosebleed seats placed upon the 37 foot high left field wall affectionately called “the green monster” in 2003 are in high demand. In 1999 there was a plan to demolish most of the old park and rebuild and update the structure. It was abandoned after “Save Fenway Park” groups mobilized and the Red Sox could not come to an agreement with the city.

I grew up in New England but it took almost 40 years for me to go to Fenway. I was totally amazed at how small it was. With the exception of a few “behind the pole” seats, it was easy to see all the action on the field from warm-ups to the guys with the boards smoothing out the field (which is something I got a big kick out of). If you haven’t been able to get a hold of game tickets, you can always book a tour which is offered daily (except on game days and holidays). With a tour, you can get the run down of past players, and history of the unique features of the park such as Pesky’s Pole, The Triangle, and The Lone Red Seat.

The park is always crowded, if not sold out during games but not to worry, if you get hungry there is no shortage of people hocking hot dogs, popcorn, peanuts, bottles of water or even pizza in the typical Bostonian accents. Be prepared for the sticker shock though, the wares are a bit steep. If you go, you’ll no doubt ably have a good time though and it’s worth it. My last bit of advice: Bone up on singing “Sweet Caroline.” If you don’t know why, well, you’ll just have to find out for yourself.


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