“I believe in the Church of Baseball. I've tried all the major religions, and most of the minor ones… I've tried 'em all, I really have, and the only church that truly feeds the soul, day in, day out, is the Church of Baseball.” (Annie Savoy, Bull Durham)
For those who consider baseball a religion, surely Fenway Park is the old, beloved and highly respected “Grand Cathedral.”Here are a few tips to for your trip to Fenway Park.
Of course, the best place to start is “How Do I Get There from Here?”This link will provide you with directions via automobile, subway, commuter rail, and bus along with parking information.
If you’re going to a game, my best advice – GO EARLY!! Yawkey Way is closed prior to games, providing a unique atmosphere one will not find at any other ball park. Check out the Red Sox Team Store where you will find the largest selection of Red Sox souvenirs and memorabilia. Find someone who is signing autographs at Autograph Alley. Dance in the street to the Dixieland sound of the Hot Tamale Brass Band, who have performed before every home game since 1999. Catch the pre-game Dennis & Callahan show at the NESN Stage. Do it all, and even more.
Have your picture taken with the “Teammates” statue of four Red Sox Hall of Famers - Ted Williams, Bobby Doerr, Dom DiMaggio, and Johnny Pesky.You could have your picture taken with the Ted Williams Jimmy Fund statue which depicts Williams with bat in hand, placing his hat on the head of a boy with cancer. This statue is a fitting tribute to the legend and the Jimmy Fund, which is the official charity of the Red Sox.Both statues can be found outside the Gate B entrance at the corner of Ipswich and Van Ness Streets.
Have a favorite player?Commemorative bricks of players past & present can be found at Gates B & C.This link will provide you with the locations.
Want to really get to know Fenway Park?Check out the official Fenway Park Tour.The tour lasts about an hour and your stroll around the park may include a visit to the Hall of Fame, the Press Box, the Right Field Roof Deck, the Green Monster Seats and even the warning track.Bear in mind that the stops are subject to availability.Fenway Park Tours are conducted year round.They begin at the top of the hour (9-5).On game days, the tours are conducted only up to 3 hours prior to game time. Know the game schedule when planning your tour.
Hungry?Maybe you are a traditionalist – hotdogs, Cracker Jacks, and beer? Of course you can get that at Fenway.Fenway’s cuisine has come a long way!You will find clam chowder (Legal Seafood), lobster rolls, tacos, meatball subs, cotton candy, kettle corn and even vegan choices!Not a beer fan?How about wine or frozen margaritas?For the chillier games, you will find the line at Dunkin’ Donuts is longer than the beer line.This link will provide a list of the concession stands at the park.
I hope you enjoy your day at the ballpark and can come to appreciate all that Fenway Park brings to Boston history and baseball history!