|FENWAY PARK OPENED ON APRIL 20, 1912|
Fenway Park is a baseball park near Kenmore Square in Boston, Massachusetts. Located at 4 Yawkey Way, it has served as the home ballpark of the Boston Red Sox baseball club since it opened in 1912, and is the oldest Major League Baseball stadium currently in use. It is one of two "classic" ballparks still in use, the other being Chicago's Wrigley Field. Considered to be one of the best-known sports venues in the world, it has been the oldest venue used by a professional sports team in the United States since the ballpark it was tied with, Tiger Stadium in Detroit, was retired at the end of the 1999 season.
|FROM LEFT FIELD GRANDSTANDS|
|FROM RIGHT FIELD - PESKY'S POLE & THE GREEN MONSTER|
Because of the ballpark's age and constrained location in the dense Fenway–Kenmore neighborhood, the park has had many renovations and additions over the years not initially envisioned, resulting in unique, quirky features, including "The Triangle," "Pesky's Pole", and most notably the famous Green Monster in left field.
Dedicated 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. Fans who attended this game received gifts to celebrate this accomplishment. As of March 30, 2011, the Red Sox have had 631 consecutive sellouts, which is easily the best in Major League Baseball history. The sellout streak is aided by the Red Sox's fan base, the success of the Red Sox during this time (plus .500 record all nine seasons, 90 wins seven times, 6 playoff appearance and 2 World Series Championships), as well as the fact that, as of 2012, Fenway Park has the fourth lowest maximum capacity of any MLB stadium; it is one of the seven MLB ballparks that cannot accommodate at least 40,000 spectators.
|OCTOBER 21, 1975. CARLTON FISK|
Besides baseball, Fenway Park has been the site of many other sporting and cultural events, including professional football games for the Boston Redskins and the Boston Patriots, concerts, soccer and hockey games, political and religious campaigns.
2012 marks Fenway Park's centennial, with the Red Sox making plans for the celebration, such as a distinctive commemorative logo just as they did for Fenway's 75th and 90th birthdays, though most have not yet been announced. On March 7, 2012, it was announced that the park had been added to the National Register of Historic Places.
|FENWAY PARK ENTRANCE TODAY|
|FENWAY PARK OPENING DAY APRIL 20, 1912|