The Boston Red Sox have unveiled a raft of improvements at Fenway Park for the start of the new baseball season.
The work includes the expansion of both the Home and Visitor’s dugouts, the addition of new seats between and outside the dugouts, a new bar and terraced seating area in Right Field.
There are also new day-of-game suites, an expanded virtual reality station that includes a batting cage experience, and a number of new concession offerings managed by Aramark, Fenway Park’s concessionaire.
Gilbane Inc., with offices in Boston, was the general contractor for the 2017 improvements. DAIQ Architects provided the architectural work.
To date, over $300 million has been invested in the improvement of Fenway Park since 2002.
The depth of both the Home and Visitor’s dugouts has been increased by moving the front rail of the dugouts forward 3 feet, providing for better circulation, improved sight lines from bench seating areas, and additional space for storage of bats and helmets.
A total of 124 new seats have been added as part of this project. The new, relocated field wall houses new TV’s and a built-in antennae systems for cellular service and the ballpark’s Wi-Fi network.
As part of the dugout expansion project, the Red Sox batting cage area behind the Red Sox dugout has been refreshed and equipped with enhanced lighting, televisions, a training area, and an improved netting system.
Several rows in the back of the Right Field Grandstand were removed this offseason to accommodate the construction of a new bar area – the “Tully Tavern” in partnership with Tullamore D.E.W. Irish whiskey. Terraces with swivel stools and tables and standing room spaces feature charging stations and 64 inch televisions. The full-service bar also offers Fenway Franks and other concession items to an area that was previously far removed from convenient food and beverage options. Seats in the new gathering space range from $35 dollars for Tier 5 games, to $75 for Tier 1 games.
New Day-of-Game Suites
Four new day-of-game suites have been constructed on the State Street Pavilion level of the ballpark – two on the first base side adjacent to the existing “B Suites,” and two on the third base side adjacent to the existing “K Suites.” The new party suites, which offer great views of both the playing field and the Boston sky line, can be used as individual spaces for 12 people or combined to create single, expanded suites accommodating 24. Each space includes indoor and outdoor televisions and premium food service.
Right Field Terrace Video Board
A new video board in right field, installed by ANC, has replaced the Cumberland Farms sign that previously occupied that space. The new 16mm Mitsubishi Diamond Vision LED display measures 14′ high by 46′ wide and will provide improved access to game information, replays, and video content, particularly for those seated on the Green Monster and in Bleacher sections where viewing the main video board is challenging.
Removable Field Wall in Front of Bullpens
A new removable field wall system has been installed in front of the bullpens, in the same location and with the same dimensions, to better accommodate non-baseball events that continue to be popular at Fenway Park.
Virtual Reality Batting Cage
The club will expand the virtual reality station in the Kids Concourse by introducing a VR batting cage experience where fans can feel what it’s like to take swings against Major League players at Fenway Park. The club first introduced VR during the 2016 season with the Virtual Dugout station that shows behind-the-scenes, 360 videos with players. The VR Dugout will return in 2017 with new content.
Expanded Rooftop Space
A rooftop area adjacent to “Fenway Farms,” the club’s rooftop garden that debuted in 2013, has been developed as the private “Strega Deck” event space, in partnership with the popular North End Restaurant. The Strega Deck offers 5,600 square feet of roof space, outfitted with more than 600 square feet of urban garden planters that help supply vegetables and herbs to Fenway Park restaurants and concession stands. The new open-air deck features outdoor televisions and a state-of-the-art sound system, and can accommodate groups of up to 200 people for pre-game functions and non-game events. Menu offerings for this party area will feature meatballs, spinach arancini, and other creative bites inspired by the Strega restaurant group.