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August 17, 2005
From journal New Jersey/ New England Summer Road Trip
March 3, 2005
From journal Red Sox Nation
by Steven Martin
Bath, United Kingdom
July 22, 2004
From journal New England
Los Angeles, California
May 14, 2004
On a game day, the side street (I believe that is Yawkey Way) is open only to foot traffic and turnstiles are placed for fans with tickets only. The hawkers there sell everything from Polish sausage to burgers, to Nuts! Nuts! Nuts! (oops, that's my Dodger peanut guy talking). The smells cause anyone's mouth to water and everything's is reasonably priced (for a ballpark). Walk inside the stadium and you can by your own Louisville Slugger. Across the street are a couple of bars and souvenir shops.
Seats are a little tight; after all, they were made for the stadium opening in 1912 and everyone was just a little smaller then, but you can't help be submerged in the history of it all.
Diehard fans pay through the nose to sit up in the seats and SRO (standing room only) area behind the Green Monster. Apparently, those are some of the hardest tickets to get.
Take the "T" to the park or cab it. If you drive, be prepared to pay $20 or more for parking.
From journal AHH + BOSTON = BAHHSTON
by Emily Marie
Bronx, New York
August 12, 2003
Fenway is the only park I'd suggest getting a higher seat instead of getting up close. That's partially because an upper deck box is a novelty. I don't think there are even 500 seats in the upper deck (not including luxury boxes or the likes). I am dying to sit in the new seats over the Green Monster. The roof boxes though offer a great view looking down on everything.
Unlike Yankee or Shea Stadiums, Fenway has real seats in the bleachers. The cheap NY seats are benches. I guess that's necessary as a large chunk of all seating is in the bleachers. Being both the oldest and smallest park in the Majors means that the prices are among the highest in the league. The size of the place made the designers stuff as much as they could into the small area. Therefore all the grandstand seats are pretty cramped.
The size though also means many seats are right on the action. However there are many obstructed view seats. These tickets go for cheap, and you can often find a place to move to once you're inside.
The park is home to some of baseball's most famous quirks. The Green Monster, the Pesky Pole, the centerfield triangle and the Citgo sign. There's talk of either renovating or replicating Fenway, but it is in every plan to keep these beloved landmarks in the new design. There's always a buzz around the place, as with all parks with good fans.
The Sox make due with what room they have. There are enough concessions inside and decent food. The Bostonian staple Legal Seafood chowder is now in the park, and Papa Gino's Pizza as well. Regular ballpark food is also available.
There's not much parking in the immediate area. The "T" subway stops nearby in Kenmore Square (Kenmore and Lansdowne Street behind the Green Monster are heavy-traffic nightlife areas) and the commuter rail stops nearby. Kenmore is also a mass transit bus hub. The moral of the story is mass transit is the way to go ('course when I was living in Boston, I was just two blocks away :D).
With Kenmore and Lansdowne so close to the park, there's a lot of entertainment to choose from after games. Bars, clubs and restaurants abound. Who's on First, below the huge Twin Enterprises souvenir store (which offers great prices on out-of-style ballcaps during the off season) seems to be a favorite. My personal favorites though are Jillian's bar and billiards and the now-defunct Mama Kin's. The latter was owned by Aerosmith and had some good music acts on occasion. I don't know what's in the space now, but I would hope it still hosts live music.
From journal Baseball, Boston
San Francisco, California
June 7, 2000