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2010-present

2010

In 2010, Fenway Park was the busiest it had been in quite some time. Major events at the park started on New Years Day, when the NHL Winter Classic was played between the Philadelphia Flyers and the Boston Bruins. After a week of other skating events a college hockey doubleheader, dubbed Frozen Fenway, was played at the park. Once the rink was removed, the club's ninth year of major improvements continued. The concrete in the left-field seating bowl, which was built in 1934, was repaired and waterproofed and a new Home Plate Deck was unveiled at the top of the grandstand behind home plate. Over the summer, Fenway Park hosted a concert by the Boston Landmarks Orchestra, the first soccer game at the park in over four decades and a concert featuring two local bands, Aerosmith and J Geils Band. Though the Red Sox missed the playoffs for the first time since 2006, the team fought valiantly with a heavily injured roster. While the team was on the road on September 14, Fenway Park hosted the largest naturalization ceremony ever held. That same day, when thousands of people became America's newest citizens, the club laid out the red carpet on Fenway Park's warning track for the movie premiere of "The Town," which was partly filmed at the park in 2009. After the Red Sox season, scenes for another film, "Moneyball," were filmed in parts of the park.

Record: 89-73, 3rd in American League East
Manager: Terry J. Francona
Attendance: 3,046,444

The Red Sox kicked off the 2010 season with an Opening Night game at Fenway Park against the Yankees. The pre-game ceremonies featured a fireworks show and the return of Pedro Martinez, who threw out the ceremonial first pitch. After Aerosmith's Steven Tyler sang God Bless America during the 7th inning stretch, Neil Diamond made a surprise appearance to lead the Fenway Park crowd in the ballpark's traditional 8th inning sing-along of Diamond's "Sweet Caroline."

After the excitement of Opening Night, the Red Sox suffered frequent injuries and rarely played at full strength. Jacoby Ellsbury and new addition Mike Cameron went down in the season's opening weeks but they were just the first of several losses to the team.

Injuries presented opportunities for unexpected heroes to emerge. In his first Red Sox at-bat on April 20, Darnell McDonald pinch-hit a game-tying, two-run homer in the bottom of the eighth inning, then beat the Rangers with a bases-loaded, walk-off base hit in the bottom of the ninth. On June 12, Daniel Nava (who was signed out of the independent leagues for just one dollar) hit a grand slam on the first pitch he saw as a big leaguer.

The injuries only mounted as the summer continued: Dustin Pedroia, Jason Varitek, Clay Buchholz and Kevin Youkilis all hit the shelf at various points. But the Red Sox fought hard and only trailed the Yankees by half a game in early July.

Still, the Red Sox never quite closed the gap with New York and Tampa Bay despite a first-rate managerial job by Terry Francona. Jon Lester finished the year with a 19-9 record and Buchholz went 17-7 and after a season-opening slump, David Ortiz finished the year with 32 home runs and 102 RBIs, tied for the team lead with third baseman Adrian Beltre, who was signed as a free agent before the season.

Fenway Park ushered in 2010 by hosting the NHL Winter Classic on New Years Day. The ice rink remained for another week so that the park could host another major hockey event, a college doubleheader dubbed Frozen Fenway. After the college games, and a final day of public skating on January 10, the ninth offseason of major, annual improvements resumed in earnest.

In left field, where the grandstand seats had been replaced before skating events began, improvements to the left-field seating bowl continued. The concrete in the lower left-field box sections was repaired and waterproofed and new Dugout Seats, Field Box seats and Loge Box seats were installed. To help access the lower third-base seating bowl, a new staircase from the Gate A concourse to the lower third-base concourse was installed. The area also received utility upgrades and other infrastructural improvements, including the renovation of the visitors clubhouse.

The area above the home plate grandstand seats was also enhanced for the 2010 season. The new Home Plate Deck featured new and expanded concession stands and a redesigned standing room area with more room for fans at the top of the lower seating bowl. To help create the additional space, restrooms that were previously located in this area were removed and replaced with larger restrooms located on a new mezzanine level directly below.

The 2010 Futures at Fenway doubleheader was cut short due to rain. The Lowell Spinners and Jamestown Jammers were only able to play six innings, while the second game was called off after torrential downpours made the playing field unplayable. Later in July, the Cape Cod League All-Star game returned to Fenway Park for the second consecutive year.

2010 Non-Red Sox Baseball At Fenway Park

July 10Futures at Fenway: Jamestown Jammers 7, Lowell Spinners 2 (6 innings Due to Rain)

July 10Futures at Fenway: Potomac Nationals vs. Salem Red Sox (Cancelled Due to Rain)

July 28Cape Cod League All-Star Game: Western Division 5, Eastern Division 0*

 

*From 1975 to 1987, on a biennial basis, Fenway Park hosted an all-star game between the Cape Code Baseball League and the Atlantic Collegiate 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 returned to an intra-league format for their annual all-star game and in 2009, Cape Code League All-Stars returned to Fenway Park for the Cape Cod League All-Star Game, which was played again in 2010.

In the earliest days of the new calendar year, hockey took center stage at Fenway Park. In the 2010 NHL Winter Classic, the Boston Bruins defeated the Philadelphia Flyers in a thrilling 2-1 overtime victory on New Year's Day. One week later, a unique collegiate double-header saw the University of New Hampshire women's hockey team defeat Northeastern University's women's team, before the Boston University and Boston College men's programs renewed their historic rivalry, with BU winning, 3-2. When the weather heated up several months later, the park remained busy with non-baseball activities. On May 23, thousands of runners took part in the Red Sox Foundation's first annual Run to Home Base. Over two million dollars was raised in support of the Mass General Hospital Home Base program, which helps military veterans affected by post-traumatic stress disorder. Later in the summer, Fenway Park hosted Football at Fenway, the first soccer match at the ballpark in over four decades, as Celtic F.C. defeated Sporting Club de Portugal in an exciting shootout victory. A pair of concerts also occurred, with the Landmark Orchestra playing in early July, before local groups Aerosmith and J Geils Band performed on August 14. Exactly one month later Fenway Park had an extremely busy day, with more than 5,000 new citizens sworn in at the ballpark's second naturalization ceremony in three years. Later that evening, the red carpet premiere for the film "The Town" took place.

2010 Non-Baseball Events At Fenway Park

January 1Boston Bruins 2, Philadelphia Flyers 1 (Overtime) (Hockey)

January 8University of New Hampshire 5, Northeastern University 3 (Women's Hockey)

January 8Boston University 3, Boston College 2 (Men's Hockey)

May 9Mother's Day Walk

May 23Run to Home Base

June 20Father's Day Walk

July 7Landmark Orchestra Concert

July 21Football at Fenway: Celtic F.C. 2, Sporting Lisbon 1 (Shootout) (Soccer)

August 1Picnic in the Park

August 8Comcast Latino Family Festival

August 14Aerosmith and J Geils Band Concert

September 14Naturalization Ceremony

September 14"The Town" Film Premiere

OctoberFilming of "Moneyball"

December 11Christmas at Fenway

2011

In 2011, the final offseason of a 10-year cycle of major, annual improvements to Fenway Park introduced several upgrades to the venerable home of the Boston Red Sox. Renovations that were completed for the 2011 season included three new state-of-the-art high definition video display and scoring systems, upgrades to the Gate D concourse including new and extended concession areas, and the repair, waterproofing and seat replacements of the lower seating bowl in right field.

The completion of these improvements fulfilled a pledge made by the ownership group led by John Henry, Tom Werner and Larry Lucchino to improve every facet of the ballpark, while preserving and protecting the park for future generations. The improvements completed at Fenway Park over the past 10 years have been designed to ensure that the park will remain structurally sound, and the home of the Boston Red Sox, for the next 30-40 years.

With a 2010-2011 offseason investment estimated at $40 million, the investment for the 10-year program is estimated to total approximately $285 million, the largest investment in the history of the iconic ballpark.

To install the trio of state-of-the-art Mitsubishi Electric Diamond Vision LED video screens, the Red Sox selected ANC Sports. The largest of the three displays, a 38-foot-high by 100 foot-wide screen, now serves as the main video board in center field, while two additional Diamond Vision screens - a 1,700-square-foot screen in left-center field and a 480-square-foot screen above the right-field bleachers - flank the main display. As part of this project, the club also renovated Fenway Park's control room, an area on the 5th level of the ballpark from which the Red Sox video productions department operates the video boards and other ballpark displays.

In addition to the new video boards, the club performed concrete repair, waterproofing and seat replacements in the right-field lower seating bowl, completing the repair and waterproofing of the entire lower seating bowl that began in 2007. Dugout, Field Box and Loge Box seats in this area were replaced with new seats, while Grandstand seats in right field were refurbished and fitted with self-rising mechanisms allowing easier mobility for fans entering or exiting the rows.

The Red Sox also improved the Gate D concourse area, including a new merchandise stand and expanded concessions. The Gate D concourse was also re-graded with new concrete and the entire ground level concourse running from Gate D to Gate C was repaired and upgraded. Outside of Gate D, a new ticket window booth was constructed and the old will call window inside the gate was removed to create better movement into and out of the Gate D area.

While the improvements to Fenway Park have it made it possible for it to remain active as "America's Most Beloved Ballpark" for the next three to four decades, the Red Sox also made significant improvements to the team's roster that bears well for the future of the organization as well. Shortly before the New Year, the club traded for slugging first baseman Adrian Gonzalez, sending three prospects to the San Diego Padres. Just a few days later, the team signed dynamic left fielder Carl Crawford. These additions, along with others, to an already talented and heavily homegrown roster, and coupled with the organization's deep farm system, have put the Red Sox in position to field winning teams at Fenway Park for years to come.

Constructed: 1912
Rebuilt: 1934
First Game: April 20, 1912 - Red Sox 7, Highlanders 6 (11 innings)

Seating Capacities

Seating Capacity (Night)37,493

Seating Capacity (Day)37,065

EMC Club/State Street Pavilion4,997

Box Seats13,650

Grandstand11,927

Bleachers6,448

Green Monster269

Right Field Roof Deck202

 

Outfield Dimensions

Left Field310 feet

Left-Center Field379 feet

Center Field390 feet

Deep Center Field420 feet

Deep Right Field380 feet

Right Field302 feet

 

Height of Outfield Walls

Left Field37 feet

Center Field17 feet

Bullpens5 feet

Right Field3-5 feet

 

Length of Left Field Wall

231 feet (228 feet in fair territory)