Even with being a fanatical Yankees fan, going to Fenway Park has been on my bucket list, and near the top.
Finally, this year we finally got to go. Here’s my review:
Buying tickets: First of all, my family and I lucked out, kinda. Because it had been raining and was cold all day in Boston, ticket prices for the Red Sox-Orioles game Saturday night had dropped significantly, and we were able to snag seats behind the catcher. However, if thats not the case, you’ll be dropping some serious dime on tickets.
Where to go before the game: I’d say, in my ball park experience, that the area surrounding Fenway is probably a step below Wrigley Field in Chicago. Around Wrigley, there’s a plethora of bars and restaurants. In Boston, you have a similar atmosphere, where you’re literally in a neighborhood and then BAM, its Fenway.
If you get to Fenway an hour or two before first pitch, I’d recommend going to Tony C’s. Its an absolutely huge bar thats filled to the brim with Sox fans.
PROS: When you’re actually inside the ballpark, if you’re as big of a baseball fan or sports fan in general, you’re in awe for a little. Growing up with the Yankees-Red Sox rivalry, I could envision Bucky Dent hitting a home run, Varitek and A-Rod fighting, Roger Clemens and Manny almost fighting, great times.
In all seriousness, the beauty of the park is almost unlike anything I’ve seen in sports venues. The Green Monster is big and green, and the right field wall is as big as my fence, thought that was funny.
Another thing about Fenway, is that the stadium is so small (holding just over 37,000) that any seat is a good seat, and you can see everything on the field.
The Fenway Frank, I believe is right up there in ballpark hot dogs. Let me also say this, if you order any kind of food at a baseball game that isn’t a hot dog, you deserve to be violently thrown out of the stadium. That being said, the Frank is a step above a Dodger Dog, and behind Wrigley Field hot dogs.
The seventh-inning stretch is great, and also Sweet Caroline is something that I’ve always seen, and it was cool to experience that.
CONS: For being the oldest ballpark in America, you’d think that Fenway would be a little lower on the prices for food and drink, but oh how wrong you are. $5.75 for a Fenway Frank honestly is a little much for my taste, and if you drink, you’ll be dropping $7.75 for a beer.
Another tip if you’re going to be traveling to Fenway, go with small people. Why do I say that? Its because the seats were meant to fit people from Indonesia. The seats at Fenway are so small and so close together, that for three hours you’ll be touching shoulders the entire game.
Final Analysis: Fenway Park is great, and in the top 3 ballparks I’ve visited in my life. Its the oldest baseball stadium in America, and a part of sports history in a great sports crazed town. Even for a Yankees fan like me, you’ll love it.
FINAL SCORE: 9.2