30 Ballparks in 30 Days: Fenway Park

Fenway Park is the ballpark for a true baseball traditionalist. The park opened in 1912 and has been going strong for a little over 100 years now. The park isn’t just limited to the main park, but extends itself all throughout the perimeter of Yawkey Way. If you want to catch a meal and some authentic award winning New England cuisine, I highly recommend checking out the Baseball Tavern. The tavern overlooks the park, has live entertainment on weekends, and has some award winning oyster platters.

The souvenir store isn’t actually in the park but adjacent to it. The official team store is a huge building that was a warehouse during the industrial rise in New England. The store has everything from Red Sox shirts of every Red Sox player and great, to even a build a bear version of Wally the Green Monster.

The park itself is an amusement to all who enter. Believe it or not the last upgrades on the park were completed in 2009. The park didn’t obtain a right field deck until 2003, and the current players lot, and umpires room were recently relocated as well. The old under ground ticket booths serve as the team archives and a museum as well. The green monster is something just about every fan knows. The wall wasn’t built to challenge hitters (it is shallow despite height). Before the neighborhood of Fenway and Kenmore became vastly populated there was a group of row homes behind left field. Fans that couldn’t get in watched from the rooftop. So therefore the owners built the wall.

I also recommend checking out the history aspect of Boston to truly understand what Fenway and the Sox mean to the region. Tomorrow we travel down I-95 to Baltimore to visit Oriole Park at Camden Yards, home of the Baltimore Orioles.

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