Fenway Park

One item on my personal bucket list was to make a pilgrimage to the “shrine of baseball” known as Fenway Park. I’m not a Red Sox fan but I’m a baseball fan and it’s the oldest active MLB park in the country, built in 1912.

For the most part, Fenway did not disappoint. You can feel the history and nostalgia oozing from the walls and the old grandstands seats–the only wooden seats still left in MLB. The Green Monster looms over all like a fortress wall, the fans have a ton of energy, and the neighborhood around the park is a fun place to spend some time as well.

Here’s a few things I learned on our visit you may want to keep in mind if you go there:

The Grandstands are Grand…but Beware the Beams

Sitting in the grandstands was actually a great experience, especially if you’re sitting lower down in the grandstands. The seats themselves are historic as many of them are supposedly original wooden seats (over 100 years old!). They’re actually just as comfortable (or uncomfortable) as the more modern seats. They’re a more affordable option while still being on the lower level of the park, and they are more sheltered under the second deck so they offer more shade on sunny days and more protection on rainy days.

However, there are the notorious support beams ringing the stadium that can block your view from the grandstands, if you’re sitting in the wrong seat. Do some research, there’s plenty of sites online recommending where to sit for an unobstructed view. We ended up with a good view but if we had been a few seats over, we would have been craning our necks to see the action.

Eat Before the Game

We arrived at the park too late to eat at one of the restaurants outside and decided to just eat at the park. I’ve had some amazing food at AT&T Park and other parks I’ve been to, but I have to say the food and beer selection was pretty disappointing at Fenway. I guess in a way this is part of the nostalgia of the place, recalling a time when you could either have a hot dog or a cheeseburger and “craft beer” didn’t exist.

However, the food we ate was pretty meh all around. We got a rib tips and cheese sandwich that was decent, a steak sandwich that was rather bland, and a pretzel that was sad and stale (with no cheese either). The food and beer was of course way overpriced as well, although this is to be expected at a professional sporting event. I definitely wished we had arrived earlier and eaten at one of the many great restaurants nearby instead. Plan to arrive at least 2 hours before the game if you’re going to eat in the surrounding neighborhood, though, since these places get packed on game days.

Soak in the Experience

The best part of Fenway is the history and character of the park, so make sure to take time to appreciate it. You can’t walk all the way around the inside of the park like you can at some of the newer stadiums, but make sure to take a gander at landmarks like Pesky’s Pole, the lone red chair marking the longest home run hit (by the legendary Ted Willliams), and of course, the mighty Green Monstah! Dance and get loud with the boisterous Boston fans (unless you’re a Yankees fan I guess) and enjoy the atmosphere of one of America’s most iconic sports venues.

Until next time, stay jolly my friends!

 

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