Think of all the history this place has seen. Babe Ruth, Ted Williams, Carlton Fisk willing his shot to stay fair, the ball rolling through Bill Buckner’s legs, the curse of the Bambino and the 86 year World Series drought, Carl Yastrzemski, Pedro Martinez, Curt Schilling’s bloody sock, and finally…two world championships in the 2000’s.
The current lineup includes such names as David Ortiz, Dustin Pedroia, Jacob Ellsbury, and Mike Napoli. The team just couldn't function under manager Bobby Valentine last year so new skipper, John Farrell is guiding the team in 2013. Maybe there's something there because, as of this writing, they're tied for first place with their biggest rival, the Yankees. The team also has the record for the most consecutive sell outs, not a hard feat with such a small stadium and a powerhouse team.
Here are the stats:
Year opened: 1912
Construction cost: $650,000
Capacity: 37,402 for night games, 36,974 for day games
Field dimensions: Left field – 310 ft.; left center – 379 ft.; Center field – 389 ft.; right center – 420 ft.; Right field – 302 ft.
Home team: Red Sox (American League-MLB) 1912 - present
The scoreboard in left field is manually operated. Not from nostalgia but because it’s just that old.
Several years later, we came back and took a formal tour because the games that week were sold out. This time, we got to walk along the warning track, see inside the dugouts and scoreboard, and see the private club behind home plate.
It’s the most time we’ve spent inside a stadium without seeing a game. With that in mind, here are our impressions of the park.
On game day, it’s festive outside the park with food booths, souvenir shops, restaurants, and bars. If you can’t get into the game, watch it at one of the local watering holes across the street. Even on non-game days, there is still quite a bit of activity in the area around the stadium. It’s a fun place anytime.
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Updated for 2013