“We are entering the last inning of improvements to Fenway Park, and this old ballpark has never looked better,” said Red Sox president/CEO Larry Lucchino. “This American icon that once was cramped and congested now has more seats and spaces, wide open concourses, new and improved facilities and many more food and beverage options for our fans. Leading up to its 100th Anniversary in 2012, our focus has been always to improve and expand the physical structure without disturbing the warmth, charm and authenticity that surrounds this ballpark.”
The improvements to the 98-year-old ballpark include:
Left field 1934 seating bowl concrete repair, waterproofing and new seats
The concrete in the lower left field seating bowl, originally constructed in 1933-34, has been repaired and waterproofed. As part of this project, the dugout seats, field box seats and loge box seats have been replaced with new seats and now contain cup holders. All dugout seats and field box seats in these areas will also have cushioned seats. In the left field grandstand area, the original blue wooden seats have been refurbished and fitted with self-rising mechanisms that enable the seat to retract automatically once a patron stands up. Additionally, a new row of grandstand seats has been added to the back of grandstand sections 29, 30, and 31.
New restrooms and concession enhancements behind home plate
In an effort to create additional space, improve circulation and enhance the fan experience, the concession stand behind home plate at the top of the grandstand has been replaced by new expanded stands that offer a wider variety of food and beverage items. Also, seven original archways, first built in 1912 and bricked over for many years, were reopened and restored, which will improve air circulation in that area of the ballpark.
Lower third base concourse improvements
Several improvements and infrastructure upgrades have been completed in
the lower third base concourse. Most importantly, a new staircase has
been constructed to provide improved access to/from the Gate A
concourse and the lower third base concourse. Enhancements have been
made to the interiors of both the visitor’s clubhouse and grounds crew
areas, including new finishes and fixtures in the manager’s office,
locker room, and shower and grooming areas within the visitor’s clubhouse. Additionally, the locker room, meeting room and grooming
areas that serve the Red Sox grounds crew have been refurbished.
New concession areas and several new menu items
In 2010, ARAMARK and the Red Sox will introduce several new menu enhancements that offer fans even more dining options. In addition to their classic Fenway favorites, fans will now find double cheeseburgers, grilled chicken bistro sandwiches, stromboli, and chicken parmesan and Italian meatball subs throughout the ballpark.
At the center of this year’s food and beverage upgrades is an expanded and completely renovated concession area behind home plate, featuring a newly installed brick oven for cooking freshly made pizza. The stand will offer many of the new items, including the chicken parmesan and Italian meatball subs, as well as Italian sausage sandwiches, Fenway Franks, hamburgers, chicken tenders and fries and assorted snacks and desserts.
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