Fenway Park Information
- Location: Boston, Massachusetts
- Address: 4 Yawkey Way
- Capacity: 37,490
- Preceded By: Huntington Avenue Baseball Grounds
- Year Opened: 1912
- Occupants: Boston Red Sox
The Boston Red Sox began in 1901 as the Boston Americans and played until 1912 in the Huntington Avenue Grounds. It was the site of the first World Series between the National League and American League in 1903 and was the site of the first modern perfect game by Cy Young in 1904. The Americans changed their name to the Red Sox in 1908 and opened Fenway Park in 1912. When it opened, the park seated 35,000 people, which has since expanded to close to 40,000 attendees. Located in the heart of downtown Boston, Fenway Park is one of the original urban ballparks and has become a fixture in the Massachusetts capitol.
Fenway Park is surrounded by a bevy of restaurants and bars that are always a hotbed of activity before game days. The venue is within walking distance of Boston's Green Line subway system, and public transportation is often the best way to go. Unless fans would like to try their hand at parking garages and other lots surrounding the ballpark, walking and taking in the sights and sounds of the area is generally the easier alternative.
Over the course of its history, Fenway Park has seen its fair share of improvements to keep it up with the times. In the late 80s, club seats were constructed in the old press box and now form an extensive set of exclusive seating in the mezzanine behind home plate. In 2003, the Red Sox added seating to the top of the Green Monster, a 37-foot-high wall in left field that has cost many hitters home runs over the years. Other than a few touch-ups and other modern improvements, Fenway Park remains largely unchanged 100 years later.
In 2012, Fenway Park will celebrate its centennial and will join Wrigley Field as the only ballparks in the Major Leagues that have been continuously running for a century. Over the course of its illustrious history, Fenway Park was the site of the Red Sox's early titles in 1916 and 1918, but it would be 86 years until the team would win the title in 2004, and again in 2007. With one of the largest payrolls in the American League and a truly dedicated fan base, seeing a game at Fenway Park should be on any baseball fan's bucket list and is guaranteed to be a memorable experience.