Photo of field level seating at Fenway Park. Home of the Boston Red Sox.

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The Boston Red Sox are considering adding a brand new row of 25 seats to the third baseline area of Fenway Park. The new row would put fans even closer to the action on the left field side. Down the first base side, the Red Sox are also considering adding a dugout suite below ground. This will require the team to move an entire row forward. 

A slew of other Major League Baseball teams have recently added more protective netting to the first and third base sides after a young girl was struck by a foul ball at Yankee Stadium several weeks ago. The Red Sox did not discuss whether they would be adding more protective netting to Fenway Park next season. In 2015, a female fan was struck by a broken bat and suffered life-threatening injuries. Fenway Park also has the smallest foul territory in all of Major League Baseball which would make new seating areas a tight fit. Since 2002, more than $300 million has been spent on improving and modernizing Fenway Park. Recent renovations that were revealed just before the start of the 2017 MLB season include

  • Improvements and the expansion of both team dugouts.
  • New food items were introduced at the concession stands.
  • Addition of removable field walls in front of both bullpens.
  • Refurbishment of the “Pesky Pole” in right field.
  • Addition of the “Strega Deck”, a rooftop party area next to Fenway Farms.
  • Addition of a virtual reality batting cage for kids, located in the Kids Concourse.
  • Addition of a new video board in right field that measures 14 X 46 feet (in the location formerly occupied by the Cumberland Farms sign).
  • Addition of four “day of game suites” on the State Street Pavilion level. Two suites are located on the right field side and two on the left field side.
  • Addition of the “Tully Tavern” seating area in the right field grandstand.

New premium seating areas will give the Red Sox organization new revenue streams in tiny Fenway Park; one of the smallest ballparks in Major League Baseball. It’s not a bad idea by any means and baseball fans will pay top dollar to sit in those new areas.




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