Fenway Park, the home for the Boston Red Sox, is located in Kenmore Square in Boston, MA. Construction on the ballpark began in the fall of 1911. The first game played in the ballpark was on April 9 when the Sox beat Harvard University, 2-0. The first major league game and opening day for Fenway came on April 20, 1912 when the Red Sox defeated the New York Highlanders (now the Yankees) 7 to 6 in 11 innings. This started the rivalry between the two teams and the tradition of Red Sox/Yankees games being among the league’s longest. Fenway is the oldest major league ballpark still in use in the United States.
The Boston Braves played in Fenway Park for a brief period of time from 1914 to 1915. And the Boston Patriots (now the New England Patriots) even played there from 1963 to 1968. The ballpark was even used for a hockey game when the Boston Bruins played the Philadelphia Flyers in the 2010 NHL Winter Classic. Fenway Park has hosted several other “Frozen Fenway” hockey events since then. Fenway also usually hosts at least one concert every summer.
Fenway park seats a little over 37,000 people for baseball games. It is a small ballpark offering a very intimate baseball viewing experience. For baseball, the dimensions of the field are:
- Left Field: 310 feet
- Deep Left-Center: 379 feet
- Center Field: 389 feet 9 in
- Deep Right-Center: 420 feet
- Right Center: 380 feet
- Right Field: 302 feet
Well known features of the ballpark include:
- The “Green Monster”, the thirty-seven foot, three-inch high left field wall
- “Peksy’s Pole”, the right field foul pole
- “Fisk Foul Pole”, the left field foul pole
- The lone red seat in the right field bleachers signifying the longest home run hit by Ted Williams (502 feet)
- The Ted Williams Jimmy Fund statue outside of the Gate B entrance.
Fenway is considered by many to be one of the most well known sports stadiums in the world. Tours of Fenway Park are available daily for individuals and groups.
Fenway Park was added to the National Register of Historic Places in March of 2012 on the eve of the 100th anniversary of its first game in April of 2012.Address Information
4 Yawkey Way
Boston, MA 02215
Photo credits: The picture of Fenway Park is by Jared Vincent from Wikimedia Commons. It is is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license. The picture of the Green Monster is by Aidan Siegel from Wikimedia Commons. It is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.