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This is a CLASSIC. Must see if you are a baseball fan.
The atmosphere OUTSIDE the ballpark is among the best in sports, but once inside Fenway has less going for it. Hold your hand up so it blocks the green monster from your view and what do you see? A crappy old ballpark with cramped seats and the worse site lines in all of sports. The concourse is ugly, dirty, crowded and secluded from the action. No thanks.
Take the T to get there. While it may be wicked crowded, there will be no place to park.
Fenway Park opened on April 12, 1912, the same week that the Titanic sunk. Osborn Engineering and the construction was done by James McLaughlan Construction Company at the cost of $650,000. On January 5, 1934, a major fire destroyed much of Fenway Park. Osborn Engineering & James McLaughlan Construction were brought in once again to fix the park ($575,000 worth of repairs) and the wooden grandstands were replaced with steel & concrete grandstands. The seats were and still are made of solid oak. "The thing that I remember the most is just the feeling you get when you walk out on that field (at Fenway Park). All of the ballparks, especially the new ones, and Camden Yards, I guess, started the trend, try to capture in the modern sense the feeling of Fenway Park. It's just a great feeling to be able to play baseball on that field. It's a special place." - Cal Ripken, Jr. in Sports Illustrated (September 24, 2001)
Take the T or walk (if you're in from out of town). Big mistake to drive and park. Great tradition--TOUR IS TREMENDOUS (non game days or early on game days)--done it twice and learned something new both times. Amenity wise, it's ancient, but that's not why you go there. Seats are narrow and uncomf, steps jut at odd angles, esp in LF. It is a palace/monument to baseball. Unique and special. Good team, too!
Fenway is a gem of a park if you love history. My first trip to Fenway was in 2002 just after the great Ted Williams died. His number was cut into the grass in Left Field which gave me goosebumps. I live in chicago and have been to over 150 Cubs games in the past 30 years. If you love Wrigley Field, you'll appreciate Fenway Park.
Fenway Park as good as it gets for a Major League baseball game. I have been there a few times and the atmosphere is unmatched by any stadium I have ever been in. The fans love their team and the Green Monster with the seats above it is a special thing. The park is extremely old and outdated, but that only adds to the tradition and intrigue. There are certain spots in the park that are not the best for seeing the game or the most comfortable, but Fenway Park makes up for it with its atmosphere and environment.
I was there last year for a couple of games and had a great time... the team is good and the fans are into it. If you want to look for flaws they're there: cramped seats, bad sightlines, expensive tickets. Better, much better, to just take it all in stride and realize you're inside a baseball museum watching a game. Just grab a sausage and a Sam Adams and have fun.
While small and cramped, the experience of attending a game at Fenway more than makes-up for the sore back and knees after the game (I am 6'4). We got there very early and walked around (outside) the entire park to get a feel for the place. Great atmosphere outside, we tried Cask 'n Flagon and Boston Beer Works and while crowded, we found it easy to get a beer at both places. Yawkey Way was too touristy for me, but I did shake Luis Tiant's hand while holding a Presidente in my other. I actually came back out to Yawkey Way to get a quick beer during the game - it looks to be a good call as the lines inside are silly long (no vendors). We were there the night David Ortiz broke the single season Red Sox HR record and the crowd was amped. Overall a lot of fun and a great ballpark experience.