Facts and Figures
First Game: April 20, 1912 - Red Sox 7, Highlanders 6 (11 inn)
Seating Capacity (Night): 37,731
Seating Capacity (Day): 37,281
Dell Technologies and State Street Levels: 5,440
Box Seats: 13,778
Green Monster: 269
Right Field Budweiser Deck: 208
Left Field: 310 feet
Left-Center Field: 379 feet
Center Field: 390 feet
Deep Center Field: 420 feet
Deep Right Field: 380 feet
Right Field : 302 feet
HEIGHT OF OUTFIELD WALLS
Left Field: 37 feet
Center Field: 17 feet
Bullpens: 5 feet
Right Field: 3-5 feet
LENGTH OF LEFT FIELD WALL
231 feet (228 feet in fair territory)
The new ballpark was constructed for the 1912 season and was named by then 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.
More Fenway Park Facts
In 1914, the "Miracle Boston Braves" played the latter part of their season, including the 1914 World Series sweep over the Philadelphia Athletics, ,and the first part of the 1915 season at Fenway Park while Braves Field was under construction. The Braves also visited Fenway Park regularly to play preseason exhibition games against the Red Sox until they moved to Milwaukee before the 1953 season.
Starting in its very first year, Fenway Park hosted recreational league and high school baseball games until the 1950s. Some of the games included state and regional tournaments, college all-stars, park league games, teams from local newspapers and many others.
On September 8, 1942, the Philadelphia Stars defeated the Baltimore Elite Giants, 8-7, in the first Negro League exhibition game at Fenway Park. In 1942, Quincy's Fore River Shipyard played a series of four games against a succession of Negro League teams: the New York Black Yankees, New York Cuban Stars, Kansas City Monarchs and the Birmingham Black Barons.
From 1975 to 1987, on a biennial basis, Fenway Park hosted an all-star game between the Cape Cod Baseball League and the Atlantic Collegiate Baseball League. The all-star game alternated between Fenway Park and sites closer to the ACL's teams, such as Yankee Stadium and Veterans Stadium. In 1988, the Cape Cod Baseball League went back to an intra-league format for their all-star game and in 2009, the Cape Cod League All-Stars returned to Fenway park for the Cape Cod League All-Star Game, which was played again in 2010.
Since 1990, the Red Sox have hosted a four-college Beanpot Tournament each April. Boston College, Harvard, Northeastern and Boston University competed the first six years. When BU dropped baseball, UMass replaced the Terriers in 1996. On April 22, 1997, UMass pitcher Scott Barnsby no-hit Northeastern in the semifinals, 1-0. It was the first no-hitter at Fenway since Dave Morehead's in 1965.