This past summer, I had the privilege of taking a tour of Fenway Park when I visited friends up in Boston. I had only previously visited one other Major League park (Turner Field) so it was a neat experience visiting a baseball park that had been around since 1912. I also wanted to see the infamous “Green Monster” in person and see how large it really was. This massive wall out in left field is 310 ft from home plate and 37 ft high. It seats 269 people and has become a landmark at Fenway Park. After reading Gunther Barth’s chapter on the Ball Park, I noticed a few comparisons to his chapter and the information I received on the tour. Barth, ironically enough, talks about an earlier owner of a Boston baseball team who kept his smaller stadium in the 1890s to ensure attendance (Barth 191). This owner saw peoples’ fascination with the game and decided to cash in on those observations. In some ways, the same things happen at Fenway Park today. Because of the reputation of the “Green Monster,” tickets in that section are raffled off every year. If you are picked in the raffle, you have the choice to buy up to 4 tickets for a single game at $165 a piece. This is essentially the same strategy applied over 100 years later to take advantage of the small supply of “Green Monster” seats offered every year and is an interesting comparison between Boston baseball then and now.
Barth, Gunther. “City People: The Rise of Modern City Culture in Nineteenth Century America.”
New York: Oxford UP, 1980. Print.
Fenway Park Seating and Pricing. <http://boston.redsox.mlb.com/bos/ticketing/seating_pricing.jsp>
Fenway Park Tour Information. <http://boston.redsox.mlb.com/bos/ballpark/tour.jsp>
Facts and Figures. <http://boston.redsox.mlb.com/bos/ballpark/information/index.jsp?content=facts>