My kids are growing up in Central America where football (soccer) rules over any other sports event. Even though in Nicaragua (almost a neighboring country) the national sport is baseball, you barely hear about it. And you definitely don’t have any stadiums where it is played and considered as a religious, fanatical event like in the US. So I wanted to experience baseball in a big way, so we head to Boston, and I learned so many fun facts about Fenway Park, here’s my full review and visit.
Fun Facts About Fenway Park
Fenway has been the official home ballpark of the Boston Red Sox baseball team since it opened in 1912
On May 15, 1999, then Red Sox CEO John Harrington announced plans for a new Fenway Park to be built near the existing structure, but it wasn’t done. And never will.
The lone red seat in the right-field bleachers (Section 42, Row 37, Seat 21) signifies the longest home run ever hit at Fenway. The home run, hit by Ted Williams on June 9, 1946, was officially measured at 502 feet (153 m)— well beyond “Williamsburg”.
Fenway has hosted 11 World Series, from the 1912 World Series to the most recent in the 2007 World Series.
On March 7, 2012, the park was added to the National Register of Historic Places.
The first game was played April 20, 1912, with mayor John F. Fitzgerald throwing out the first pitch and Boston defeating the New York Highlanders (renamed the Yankees the next year).
The first All-Star Game was played at Fenway Park in 1946.
It is also the oldest Major League Baseball stadium in use.
The Green Monster is the nickname of the 37.167 feet (11.329 m) left-field wall in the park
The Green Monster wasn’t always green. It started out as navy blue with white advertisements on it. But that distracted the players, so the ownership needed to find a new color… and they settled on green.
The seats in the grandstand section are still the original seats.
The Green Monster is the tallest wall in any Major League Baseball park at an impressive 37 feet.
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Fenway Park In Boston is much more than just a Stadium
Gratefully, the stadium itself is a destination full of history and excitement.
We did manage to get a full fifteen minutes out of the kids with promises to buy them a baseball.
But I, too, got to enjoy my time of checking out the place and getting up close to the field.
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Nothing Like Hot Dogs in Boston After a Baseball Game
So what do you do after a baseball game or a partial one? You get some serious dogs to fill your belly. And my bro took us to the most popular hot dog joint in town: Spike’s Junkyard Dogs!
This restaurant serves up some pretty mean dogs.
It’s hall of fame wall shows how people snarf down up to eleven in one seating.
Anything over one hot dog is too much, but when you see photos of people proud of their seven to eleven hot dogs, you really gotta wonder ‘what were they thinking‘!
When we were planning our trip to Boston, my brother said we have to visit Fenway Park and see a Red Sox Baseball game.
I am way too easy to convince when it comes to a new experience and was totally into it.
I did warn my brother:
1. We are not baseball fans.
2. Everyone knows that baseball is without a doubt one of the most boring sports events to watch (almost as big of a yawner as watching golf). This is from an adult standpoint, imagine a three-year-old.
3. If we last fifteen minutes, that would be a huge surprise.
He, too, is quite easy and said, it’s really all about the initial experience. Visiting the oldest baseball stadium in use in the United States is a real treat. And at the end of the day, we can say our kids had been to a baseball game and cross that off the list.
Oh, and for my husband too, he’s never been to a baseball game either.
Living in NYC, I’ve done my share of going to the Mets and Yankees games, which by the way, Yankees are the Red Sox’s arch enemies. You can almost get stoned to death just by uttering that word out loud.
Pitfalls of Traveling with Little Kids To Fenway Park
The game was scheduled to start at 4 pm. This gave us the full morning and a tiny portion of the afternoon to explore.
On our second day in Boston and I was feeling a bit too optimistic and wanted to see a lot in our free time. Of course, this led to two very tired little men who insisted on coming home for a short rest.
This resulted in us taking the T (Metro) too late with hundreds of people boarding at the same time. And missing the open ceremony.
The whole reason we were going in the first place.
What to do in Boston with Kids – Visit Fenway Park for a Baseball Game