Fenway Park for Rookies
One of the biggest things on my “Boston Bucket List” has always been to go to a Red Sox game at the historic Fenway Park (it first opened in 1912!) and see the Green Monster (the popular nickname for the high, left field green wall in the stadium).
I’ve been lucky enough to attend a few games now, so whether you’re a visitor to the city or a Fenway newbie in general, here are some of my tips of what to expect:
Where to Get (Affordable) Tickets
Boston Red Sox Official Website – $9 ticket offers for students (with a valid high school or college ID) as well as deals on Green Monster seats (still a bit pricey but if depending on the team there are affordable deals for the Green Monster Standing Room).
Stub Hub – all of the “cheap seats” were sold out while my friend was visiting, but I was able to nab two spots in the Bleacher Section for under 20 bucks a pop! Since, lets face it, we’re not exactly hardcore baseball fans, we were just there for a fun experience (and beer/pretzels) so these seats were perfect. The Bleacher crowd also seems to be the most energetic! (We had a very pregnant woman dancing the entire time in the aisle beside us with her belly painted like a giant baseball).
Lansdowne Street – most popular spot for last minute scalper tickets
The Bleacher Bar – if you’re completely out of luck, you can catch the entire game from The Bleacher Bar, which is literally built into the outfield wall. You can watch the full game as long as you’re drinking! However, no pictures are allowed and your booze tab might end up higher than an actual ticket price by the end.
Food & Drink – here’s a full map of the field & concessions
– In my experience, beer makes baseball way more exciting, and for some reason it always seems to taste better at sports stadiums (this could be my own placebo effect in rationalizing the cost). A small, draft beer (12 oz) is $7.75 at Fenway Park (making it the most expensive in the MLB).
– Hot Dogs, “Fenway Franks” as they call them, and giant pretzels are also synonymous to baseball for me – these will set you back approx. $5 for each.
Red Sox Gear
– Showing up to a Red Sox game without one iota of paraphernalia feels semi-sacrilegious – Lansdowne Street and Yawkey Way are filled with all of the gear your little heart could ever desire.
– My baseball hat was $35 but you can get two-for-twenty (for you and a friend?) in Boston Common (I wish I’d known this earlier!)
Best “Pre-Game” & “Post-Game” Bars
Baseball Tavern – view of Fenway from their rooftop deck!
Cask ‘n Flagon – began as a small bar named Oliver’s but has become a landmark spot for Red Sox fans
Bleacher Bar – as mentioned, it’s literally built underneath the bleachers so you can watch the entire game from there if you want (used to be the team’s batting cage)
The Lansdowne Pub – Traditional Irish pub (note: $5 cover), great atmosphere
Citizen Public House & Oyster Bar – on Boylston St, just a few steps from Fenway Park, boasts over 75 kinds of whiskeys, offers local craft beers, and creative cocktails (if you’re not squeamish about germs, splurge for the punch bowl with a larger group)
Fun Fenway Facts
– The trees on Yawkey Way are planted with the same red dirt as the field (and you won’t get arrested for touching it like some fans who try to reach over the boundaries and grab it)
– The most common name for ushers at Fenway Park is William – but most prefer the nickname “Bill” (despite what their name tag says). Who knew?!
– Look for Autograph Alley – it’s sometimes moved around but is usually found inside the team store (mostly retired pitchers but often big name players will pop in to sign stuff)
– The park cost $650,000 to build in 1912
– The first official game played at Fenway occurred on April 9, 1912 when the Sox beat Harvard University 2-0
– Red Sox fans have sold out every Red Sox home game since May 15, 2003; in 2008, the park sold out its 456th consecutive Red Sox game, breaking a Major League Baseball record.
Louise shares her Boston experiences as a newcomer, including her experience on “Blind Girl Dates”. Be sure to keep an eye out for all of Louise’s posts – and be sure to catch up with her on her blog (we are obsessed with her travel section), and on Twitter and Instagram.
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