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Fenway Park Information


 


Boston Red Sox
Fenway Park
4 Yawkey Way
Boston, MA 02215

Executive Offices: 617-226-6000
Ticket Office: 877-REDSOX-9
24-Hour Automated Ticketing: 888-327-0100
Hearing Impaired Ticketing: 617-226-6644
Special Events (non-baseball events): 617-226-6791
Ballpark Tours: 617-226-6666
Merchandise Orders: 1-800-FENWAY-9

 

Executive Office Hours of Operation:
In-Season:
No game: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Game day: 9 a.m.-15 minutes after conclusion of game
Off-season: Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Ticket Office Hours of Operation:
In-Season:
No game: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Game day: 10 a.m.-1 hour after game time
Off-season: Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

 

The Official Red Sox Team Store is located on Yawkey Way across from Fenway Park. Store hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week with extended hours during Red Sox home games.

Yawkey Way Store
19 Yawkey Way
Boston, MA 02215
1-800-FENWAY-9
Fax 617-585-6227

 
Why the name "Fenway" Park?

Constructed for the 1912 season, the new ballpark was named by then Red Sox owner John I. Taylor because it was built in an area of Boston known as the Fens. As Taylor said, "It's in that section of Boston, isn't it? Then call it Fenway Park."
Taylor, by the way, was also the person who changed the club's name from the Pilgrims to the Red Sox in 1907.


When did Fenway Park open?


Opening Day for Fenway Park was April 20, 1912. The Red Sox defeated the New York Highlanders (later named the Yankees) 7-6 in 11 innings before 27,000 fans. Tris Speaker drove in the winning run.
Fenway Park was actually due to open two days earlier, on April 18; however, there were two postponements due to rain.
Of course, the opening of Fenway Park was pushed off the front pages of Boston newspapers by news of the Titanic sinking. Navin Field (later known as Tiger Stadium) in Detroit opened the same day as Fenway Park.

What is Yawkey Way?

Yawkey Way is an extension of the Fenway Park concourse during Red Sox home games and other special events. This public street is blocked off to traffic three hours before game time, and reopens to ticketed Red Sox game patrons once the ballpark officially opens. You'll find concessions, live music, family entertainment, the NESN pregame show, the official Red Sox Team Store, Autograph Alley, and more. Yawkey Way runs from Brookline Avenue at Gate A to Van Ness Street at Gate D.

What are the dimensions of Fenway Park?

Fenway Park measures 310 feet (94.5 meters) down the left field line: 379 feet (115.5 meters) in left center field; 390 feet (118.9 meters) in center field; 420 feet (128 meters) in deep center field; 380 feet (115.8 meters) in deep right field; and 302 feet (92 meters) down the right field line.
The left field wall -- also known as the Green Monster -- measures 37 feet (11.3 meters) high. The center field wall is 17 feet (5.2 meters) high, the bullpen fences measure five feet (1.5 meters) and the right field fence is 3 to 5 feet (0.9 to 1.5 meters) high.

What is Pesky's Pole?

Even though Pesky's Pole was dubbed that in the 1950s, the phrase really didn't become popular until the late 1980s or early 1990s. According to former Red Sox star Johnny Pesky, it was Sox pitcher Mel Parnell who coined the term, after Pesky hit a home run just beyond Fenway Park's right-field foul pole. That home run one of only six homers Pesky ever hit at Fenway Park won the game for Parnell.

What's with that seat painted red in the bleachers?

The seat in the right field bleachers is painted red to mark the spot where the longest measurable home run ever hit inside Fenway Park landed. Ted Williams hit the home run on June 9, 1946 off Fred Hutchinson of the Detroit Tigers. The blast was measured at 502 feet. Legend says that the ball crashed through the straw hat of the man sitting in the seat Section 42, Row 37, Seat 21.

Retired Red Sox numbers:

  Bobby Doerr (1)
  Joe Cronin (4)
  Johnny Pesky (6)
  Carl Yastrzemski (8)
  Ted Williams (9) and
  Carlton Fisk (27) along with Jackie Robinson's #42 that was retired by Major League Baseball in 1997, are posted on the right field facade in Fenway Park.

The Red Sox policy on retiring uniform numbers is based on the following criteria:
Election to the National Baseball Hall of Fame
At least 10 years played with the Red Sox

 



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