BOSTON -- During an entertaining series against the Angels last weekend, Red Sox manager Alex Cora and several players noted how electric Fenway Park felt at just 25 percent capacity.
At the end of the month, the place will truly be rocking again, as the Red Sox announced on Monday that Fenway will follow the state’s re-opening plan and be at full capacity as of May 29.
That means the Red Sox could potentially play in front of a full house against the Marlins on May 29 and 30, the final two games of their next homestand, marking the first time Fenway has been eligible to host that many fans since the end of the 2019 season.
Red Sox president/CEO Sam Kennedy issued the following statement on Fenway opening its doors fully again:
“Today’s update to the reopening plan will allow Fenway Park to begin operating at full capacity beginning on May 29 for games and concerts throughout the summer. We thank Governor Baker, Lt. Governor Polito, Mayor Janey and the numerous public health officials who have been extraordinary partners guiding us every step of the way.
“A year ago, the Governor and his team set forth a roadmap for the safe reopening of the Commonwealth. It is because of the administration’s steadfast leadership and intentional planning that we are now able to lift restrictions and limits put into place over 15 months ago to keep our community safe.
“In the City of Boston, Mayor Janey’s leadership has made this day possible. Less than two months into her tenure, she has overseen the safe return to normal operations in our city. We are excited see Boston’s vibrancy restored and get back to the full energy of our ballpark and the Fenway neighborhood in the weeks ahead.”
There were no fans allowed at the ballpark in 2020. The Red Sox started this season with 12 percent capacity for home games, which was close to 5,000 fans.
On May 11, that was bumped up to 25 percent capacity.
“In the beginning, it was like 4,000 people and they were loud,” Cora said after Friday’s thrilling 4-3 win. “Now there's more and they were louder, so it was cool to see Fenway this way.”
Perhaps a more packed Fenway faithful will have a positive impact on the American League East-leading Red Sox, who are 12-5 on the road but just 13-12 at home.
“Having them show up every single night, it’s good vibes all around,” said Red Sox righty Nick Pivetta. “These [fans], they get done with their days of work and whatever they’re doing, they come to Fenway and we [try to] put up a win -- that’s what’s most important. Do it for the fans.”
Now there will be a lot more fans to do it for.
Fenway’s full seating capacity is close to 38,000.