#30Fieldsin30Days: Fenway Park
What's more perfect than a day at the ballpark? 30 perfect days at 30 ballparks. 30 Fields in 30 Days is here to show off the can't-miss spots at each and every Major League stadium. Join us, then plan out an unforgettable day at your favorite park.
Ballpark. Cathedral. A city's crown jewel. Home.
Fenway Park is all of these for Boston. Wedged into the area south of Kenmore Square, at 4 Yawkey Way, and opened in 1912 on the same day the Titanic sank, the legendary park is one of the most recognizable venues in sports.
With its quirky dimensions and near total lack of foul territory, Fenway puts fans right on top of the action. Merely stepping foot in Fenway also means keeping close quarters with baseball history. Things that blend into the scenery of other ballparks are caked with meaning in Boston. The foul poles? They both have names. The police officer standing watch in the Red Sox bullpen? An icon.
Sure, physical space will always be limited at Fenway Park - but through renovation and innovation, the Red Sox are making the most out of it. And amazingly enough, the place doesn't seem to have reached its capacity for magical moments.
-Fenway Farms: Yep, there is a farm right in Fenway Park, or "on" Fenway Park to be more precise. Down the third-base line, in 2015, a rooftop was converted into a vegetable and herb garden that grows some of the produce used in the park's concessions stands and restaurants.
-The Green Monster: It's hard to miss. The 37-foot high, 231-foot long left-field wall is a feature no other Major League park has. With a manually operated scoreboard at its base and (since 2003) terrace-style seating on top, the Green Monster is a central part of both the Fenway experience and any good right-handed batter's approach.
-The one red seat: Section 42, Row, 37, Seat 21. More than 500 feet away from home plate, way up in the right-field bleachers, there is one seat painted differently than all the rest. That's where Red Sox legend Ted Williams hit a home run in June of 1946 that was measured at an astounding 502 feet - just one of the many bits of history that dot the legendary Fenway Park.