Fenway Park celebrates 99 years

Earlier this week, Fenway Park (home of the Boston Red Sox) celebrated 99 years!

Fenway Park 1

Fenway Park was opened on April 20, 1912 and is know as “America’s Most Beloved Ballpark.”

It is the oldest Major League Baseball stadium currently in use.

Why is it called Fenway Park?

It was named by then (1912) Red Sox owner John I. Taylor. He said, “It’s in the Fenway section of Boston, isn’t it? Then call it Fenway Park.” It was also Taylor who changed the club’s name from Americans to Red Sox prior to the 1908 season.

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Did you know that every Red Sox home game has been sold out since May 15, 2003?

In 2008, the park sold out it’s 456th consecutive Red Sox game, breaking the Major League Baseball record.

Stats courtesy of Wikipedia.

Erica hasn’t been to a game yet, but we have tickets for the end of May. Benjamin went to a few games last year while visiting Boston.

During the Boston Marathon (several posts still to come on this), it is tradition for the Red Sox to play a home game. The game is over during the middle, so you have thousands of fans that leave Fenway to cheer on the marathon runners. It was crowded already, but now it was really crowded. Look at all the red and blue:

Marathon Monday

You can take a tour of the park if you can’t get tickets to a game.

Here’s a picture of the outside near Gate E. The big building behind it is the Prudential Tower:

Marathon Monday

There are restaurants and bars near the Gates, so if you don’t have tickets, you can still enjoy being down near Fenway.

Marathon Monday

The Green Monster.

Have you heard of it? It’s the big (36 foot) left field wall at Fenway. The wall does 2 things: hides the field from external (non-ticket paying) viewers and also reduces the number of home runs from hits that may have cleared the wall at other parks.

Fenway Park: Green Monster

The lower half of the Green Monster has a scoreboard that has slots where people update the score with sliding plates.
Green Monster Scoreboard 02

Opening Day of each season is a big deal! It was April 8th, I heard helicopters outside and they had a jet flyover. They played the New York Yankees (biggest rival).

I took some pictures on my phone:
April 2011

Here’s a picture of the opening pitch:
April 2011

I just found a video that also shows some of the outside:

One comment

  1. You all are just WONDERFUL — the stuff you can do on the computer!!! for us!!!! Loved the people at Fenway Park (it was just as if I was there too) Thank you for this.


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