Fenway Park is the oldest ball park in Major League Baseball, being the home of the Boston Red Sox since 1912. It’s location in the dense Boston neighbourhood of Fenway-Kenmore has led to some quirky features on expansion and some of the best known sites within baseball.
Although one of the smallest ballparks in the MLB by capacity, Fenway is an iconic park that is well known even outside the baseball community. Although seats have been steadily added over the last twenty years, Fenway is one of eight ballparks in the major leagues to have a capacity of under 40,000 spectators.
Oldest ball park in Major League Baseball
Fenway is famous for various features around the ground. The Green Monster has long been synonymous with the park. Built in left field and only 310 feet from home plate, the 37 feet, 2 inch tall green wall is a popular target for right handed hitters and is the highest outfield wall in Major League Baseball. Known simply as “The Wall” for most of its existence, the Green Monster had 274 seats installed on top to popular acclaim from fans. Do you need baseball tips?
Right field features “the Lone Red Seat”; the distance of the longest hit home run at Fenway Park at 502 feet. Hit by Ted Williams in 1946, the homer has officially been beaten although Manny Ramirez came close in 2001, when a light tower above the Green Monster was all that prevented the ball from exiting Fenway Park.
In 1995 the then Red Sox CEO John Harrington announced plans for a new ballpark to be built near the existing Fenway, citing projections that Fenway was nearing the end of its usable lifespan and that it would require hundreds of millions of dollars of public money to maintain. The backlash against the proposal was severe, and in 2005 the ownership group announced the club would stay at Fenway indefinitely, with renovations making the stadium usable potentially for another fifty years.
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